2012 Presidents Report
Posted by Ben McLean on Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 at 2:47pm

Our club was on the verge of ultimate success last season but just succumbed at the final hurdle.  This year we recruited David Prowse and Shannon Small which enabled us to have another tilt at the title with our already young competitive side.

Under the direction of Adam Wild and the coaching of Jeremy McKinnon and the efforts of our Committee, we got our just rewards with our first XI Premiership which was a huge relief, not only because we were the best side, but because of the efforts of the players, coaches, executive and committee to achieve this on field success. 

Well done to all but especially to Adam Wild again the competitions leading wicket taker and Wayne McInerney who won the competition’s batting averages and represented us at country week. 

The seconds were not far behind the first’s achievements and had an excellent season, but unfortunately pulled up short in the Grand Final, whilst the thirds made the finals in a competitive grade.  Our fourths played well against a good standard of teams whilst our fifths were a young group finding their way. 

Thank you to Jezz and Wilba for their leadership and commitment during the season.

Our Juniors also performed well with the U15’s having a great season in making the finals whilst under the U17’s won the premiership in a close match, our thanks to Scott McInerney and his team together with the coaching efforts of Dane Vernon.  Again Tim Flintoff and Ian Jongen lead our junior department with good results amongst all grades.  Thank you.
Travis Mulder and Peter Webb together with their wives ran the Milo Programme. We had record numbers and the programme was a great success.  Starting from the Milo up, our club has built a strong foundation to develop senior cricketers. Thank you again for all who assisted. 

The Vets again were strong lead by Webbies organization and Ian Jongen’s leadership, our firsts made the grannie but unfortunately could not go all the way whilst the second’s enjoyed a competitive year. 

We enjoyed a successful season socially with improved numbers climaxing with our Rhys Marget Medal Ball where we had lots of partners attending.  Congratulations to Tim Flintoff on winning the medal,  (never in doubt with four centuries), and to Peter Webb and Travis Mulder on their Life Membership award. 

We played a couple of 20/20 games, on against PNG which was a tie, eventually won on a play off by our visitors, and one game against the Knox Football Club who are now two up on us.  These games provided much needed additional funds and created a vibrant atmosphere at the ground. 

Our administration ran smoothly thanks again to Rhys Thomas and Barry Wild both are extremely hands on and ensure all funds are correctly accounted for. Rhys informs me he needs a break and I would like to congratulate him over the last six years for his outstanding committee service.  Simon Wilkinson made sure the Secretarial duties ran smoothly whilst Ben McLean again maintained our website and IT area. 

“Bails” undertook a lot of social functions and did a great job on the Ball whilst again he organized the afternoon teas alongside “Bazz” who ran a great bar with a lot of drinking varieties. 

We were able to attract some new sponsors thanks to the efforts of Simon Wilkinson and Daniel Richards. These included Effective Freight Management, KR Peters Real Estate, whilst we retained Bococks Meats, Always Travel, Maddocks Sports and Big Apple Roofing. 

We thank these Sponsors in providing assistance. It was much appreciated. 

Our Club is operating well financially and will record a small profit for the season as we embark on some capital improvements next season including new run-ups.

Finally, thank you to all members in providing me with the opportunity to lead the club off field. All the hard work was worth it to see the joy premierships bring to the club.  

We are well placed to succeed in Knox Tavern and we will work to ensure we have an impact in the 2012/13 season.

ROB COTTLE
KNOX GARDENS CC
PRESIDENT.
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