2022/23 Mid Season Update

Hi everyone

Just going past the midpoint in the season is a good time to reflect on how the club is travelling both on and off the field.

Many of our teams are this year tasting success with plenty of wins across-the-board. It’s great to see after the challenges of previous seasons, everyone has stuck at it and we are now reaping the rewards.
Congratulations to the thirds, who took out the one-day final and of course the women’s team who are a constant shining light for the senior club.
The First Div have started 2023 strongly beating Gympie outright (the first outright win for our Div 1 boys since joining First Div in 2019-20) & taking first innings points against Caloundra on the weekend.
Stefan Hook recently being the latest to make the first division honours board (here) taking 5 for 51 in the outright win against Gympie. *Any danger on someone who isn’t a New Zealander making the honours board?!

Off the field, we are really starting to make things happen.

The lights have provided a point of difference for the club, and many of our players have now had the experience of playing under lights at a competition level.

We have now sourced all the funds required to build a new five lane net facility, which will be completed by the end of April. I have included a picture of what the new training facility will look like.

The wicket block is due some work, so we have sourced quotes for a complete refurb. We are hoping to have the funds for this as soon as possible and for the job to be completed by the end of August ready for play in November.

There will be works taking place on the changing rooms over the next few weeks. We need to plaster, paint and repair some of the internal materials.
If anyone can help with the above, please get in contact as soon as possible. Thank you to Stefan and Tiaan who will be sponsoring the paint.

Next I just wanted to thank all the people around the club, who do so much work for no expectation or reward other, than that they enjoy doing it and love seeing their club and community thrive.

We have one of the best committees going around on the Sunshine Coast, led by our president extraordinaire, Marty Bristow.

Craig Storm and Daine Smith have been unbelievable around the clubhouse of late and the 1st XI reckon we have been winning games because of the atmosphere they’ve created at the ground!
Following on from Daineo and Stormy’s great work, I’m pleased to say the canteen will be operational every Saturday with young Lachie Bristow completing his food servicing accreditation and running a great ship.

We also very rarely get to thank publicly our First Div scorer, Amber Perren, who week in week out, shows up with no fuss a does an amazing job. One thing we have learnt though, is don’t mess with Ambers coloured pencils!

A thankless job at times is doing the wicket & grounds. Goz and Benny have been preparing beautiful looking strips and surroundings. As mentioned above, what Goz and Benny have to work with is a challenge due to the age of the block etc, but they are doing a great job & we are making this place a very tough assignment for opposition teams and that’s what matters!

A big thanks to the captains of the senior sides. Selecting teams most weeks is extremely challenging and the patience and cooperative skills shown is always impressive, as we generally work off the motto of ‘whatever is best for the club comes first.’

Finally, we have a few rounds of Master Blasters to host this side of Christmas, which we would love to see people helping with.
The first of which is Friday, 27 January.
If you’re able to help with this, please put your hand up and let someone from the committee know.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at training this Thursday
Up the Sharkies 🦈

Sam Curtis
Senior Coordinator

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