Round 1 of SCCA Division 1 fixtures on Saturday sees the debut of Coolum into the top grade. From a humble beginning at the start of the ‘90s, the coastal cricketers have progressed through the grades with continuing success to reach the highest local standard.

As population growth, a high school and seaside development propelled the quiet township into the 20th century during the 1980s, local cricket suffered from a lack of facilities , the presence of Yandina and Tewantin-Noosa as rival clubs, and the incentive to go it alone.

The enthusiasm of people like Charlie Caulfield, with an oval now bearing his name, and the influx of southern lifestyle seekers produced the first teams in the lower divisions,  with the inaugural silverware in 1993-94 for the 6th division One-Day Competition.

The vision expanded upwards to the 4th and 6th  OD trophies three years later, and the club rose to 3rd Division status in 1997-98. From there the presence was maintained as the facilities grew, and the new turf wicket on the Ron Cargill Oval was the sign of the maturity.

Two years ago Coolum moved up into the 2B competition, then to 2A last season, paving the way for its latest promotion, and faces the adventure of neighbours Tewantin-Noosa, last years finalist, at Read Park, Tewantin, in round one.

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