Country Volunteers on the Month:

Jason Wells – CQ

Jason has been a stalwart of Rockhampton and Central Queensland cricket for over 20 years. Jason’s commitment to growing junior cricket as well as coaching has seen him become one of the most active volunteers in the cricket community. Jason’s Junior Blasters program has started off with a bang, with over 25 participants as well as managing the Rockhampton Grammar School Cricket Club’s junior teams. Jason recently retired from playing after completing his 10th A-Grade premiership in his 20 years in the competition.

Len van der Linden – Darling Downs & SWQ

Len is the President of Western Districts Cricket Club in Toowoomba. He looks after both the Junior and Senior clubs, runs the Woolworths Junior Blaster program and a delegate on the Toowoomba Cricket Association Junior Committee. Len has been involved in every aspect of cricket throughout Toowoomba.

Alan Richards - FNQ

Alan has filled a number of roles with Mulgrave Cricket including being President during the previous 2 seasons while club facilities at Walker Rd Edmonton were developed. These works took considerable planning and supervision. Alan has a strong relationship with club members in both the junior and senior ranks. He continues as the Secretary of the club this season but also remains active in the continual development of cricket facilities at Walker Rd. Alan is also a coordinator for the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games which includes cricket as one of its sports.

Tracy Jones & Oscar Crayford – NQ

Tracy has been the backbone of Mount Isa Cricket for over 5 years now, getting involved to give her son Callum and his mates the opportunity to play both local and representative cricket. Having now taken on the role of Treasurer, Tracy’s mountain of work behind the scenes allows for kids in Mount Isa to continue to enjoy cricket, even with her son moving into the Senior Cricket ranks. Tracy also insisted that we recognise the fantastic work of young Oscar Crayford. Oscar is a junior cricketer in Mount Isa that wanted to see a rise in numbers at his local club, so advertised through his school teachers that he would be running Come & Try sessions on the oval at lunch time. Oscar’s fantastic work saw great numbers down at his Come & Try sessions, along with some registrations for the club

Shannan Heycox – Wide Bay 

Shannan goes above and beyond undertaking everything from putting draws together, planning and conducting all Junior cricket meeting, implementing rules for the competition, notifying all members about any changes from grounds, weather etc, and even marking of the boundaries and creases for the Junior Formats. Nothing is ever a problem for Shannan

Matthew Doolan – Mackay Whitsundays

Matt has been involved with Mackay Junior Cricket for over 10 years, and has been the Director of Junior Cricket for the last 3 seasons, where he puts in a lot of time and effort behind the scenes to get each season underway. Matt has led the implantation of the Junior Formats, and with the aid of Harrup Park facilities junior numbers have grown each season.

Metro Volunteers on the Month:

Doug O’Neill – BEARS

Doug handles a plethora of roles through the region, from secretary at BEARs, the key scorer for many cricket organisations through to grounds keeping duties at Tiger land. Doug is best known for his service to scoring, as he has covered everything from the Tigers’ men’s 1st and 5th grade scorer, Warehouse cricket and BEARS Junior Rep teams, through to the Queensland Bulls, Fire and Brisbane Heat W/BBL games. On top of all this, Doug is well known for his photography skills, filling the informal club photographer role.

Marcuss Deane – Brisbane North 

This is Marcuss’ first year as the Everton DCC Junior Coordinator and has already shown great signs that he and the club will continue to grow after a great season last year. Marcuss is the junior coordinator role for the club which is by no means an easy job. He attended the Community Coach Course earlier this year and then upskilled parents who had no experience with the sport, in the lead up to the season.Marcuss also ran the Cricket Blast programs, coached a junior team, and got involved with non-cricket duties in the canteen.

Mitch Goldman – Gold Coast 

Mitch contributes countless hours into Mudgeeraba Nerang District Cricket Club and has been instrumental in setting the club up again this pre-season. Mitch has been involved in the introduction of Cricket Blast into the club, has been extremely helpful with the Cricket Gold Coast representative program as well as being involved in a volunteer’s feedback forum through Cricket Australia. 

Mick Varidel - MSW

Mick has worked tirelessly over the preseason to increase opportunities for girls to play club cricket. His hard work has resulted in one of the regions first ever girls competition that includes 7 teams across the Stage 1 and Stage 2 competition. Mick also played a leading role in setting up the club’s Woolworths Cricket Blast programs that have grown immensely this season. Furthermore, he has spent a lot of time creating facility plans to help develop the club’s facilities in the future.

Shayne Knipe – Sunshine Coast 

Shayne is the secretary of the club, playing a major role in the formation of the recently amalgamated Wamuran-Stanley River CC. He helped develop the club’s strategic plan, guiding the direction the club will aim to take. Shayne also works tirelessly in applying for grants and accessing funding wherever possible, to help with the development of facilities.

Shane Harris - SEQ

In his role as President, and through hours of hard work, Shane has driven a resurgence in the club’s player and volunteer numbers and has successfully undertaken some crucial facilities projects. Over the offseason this has included a field development and a much-needed practice nets upgrade.