TCUA AGM was held on the 2nd July.
Peter Harding continues on as President, however will be on holidays in WA until early December. In his absence the following executive will be happy to discuss any points or provide updates at monthly meetings:
Secretary: Nigel Woods, Treasurer: Murray Hobbs and Vice President: John Dighton.
Dates of Note:
7th July - TCI Senior Sub committee meeting which will disclose season commencement dates and updates on men's and women's cricket.
7th August: A Series: at Tony Ireland Stadium - Australia A verses South Africa A
21st August: India A touring side to play NQCA open team at Endeavour Park.
Training for new/exisitng umpires commenses in August (preliminary dates are 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th August - 9am -12am Endeavour Park) Contact Greg Hamblin on 0419665184.
Just as Lindwall and Miller were complemented by Bill Johnston, during their salad days Lillee and Thomson had the unflagging support of Max Walker, a strapping paceman whose convoluted wrong-footed action inspired the nickname "Tangles" and was imitated in backyard games across the country. He was capable of leading Australia's attack at a pinch, as he did during Australia's 1972-73 tour of the West Indies, and when he obtained 8 for 143 in the sixth Test of the 1974-75 Ashes series with both Thomson and Lillee hors de combat. When he retired, in the aftermath of World Series Cricket, Walker became a successful commentator; a series of best-selling anecdote collections reflected his skills as a raconteur.
So How about having ‘Lunch with a Legend’?
More details can be found at http://lunchwithalegend.com.au/townsville/
But here it is in a nutshell Max Walker Rydges Southbank Townsville on Friday 30 May, a sumptuous two course luncheon with drinks included for two hours, price $95.
Max is a great story teller and a great guy he’ll spin a few yarns and keep everyone well entertained.
The Association awards night occurred on Saturday evening. Guests included all Umpire Association Life Members, Peter Raffles -President of Townsville Cricket and Peter Fry.
Another well organised and enteraining night and everyone joined in the fellowship and shared stories of the season. A few of the boys we have not seen on field were also in attendance which shows how much this evening means to all.
Worthy recipients of awards for the 2013-14 year were:
Umpire of the Year - Peter Harding
Doug Pearce Perpetual Shield - Glen Dixon
Greg Hamblin Perpetual Trophy - Murray Hobbs
PR Award - John Dighton.
Peter Harding also received his Life Membership to the association for his tireless work over the past decade.
Greg Hamblin was awarded Life Membership to Townsville Cricket Inc and joins Bob Skau as Life Member to Townsville Cricket & Umpires Association.
Pictures of the night will be placed in the gallery over the next week.
For all umpires please note that the following events and meetings are set for the season:
2nd April - Umpires meeting commencing at 7pm. This meeting will deal with any general business, and the primary focus will be in reviewing the finals playing conditions. Please bring a copy of the current conditions together with your Laws.
16th April - TCI Presentation Night will be held at Endeavour Park Clubhouse. Buffett Dinner. Times: 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Dress smart casual. If you are interested in a table or attending please refer your enquiry to Ian Jones- Senior Committee Chair or discuss with Peter Harding (Umpires President).
26th April - Umpires Presentation Night - Rydges Southbank. Please confirm your attendance to President or Secretary if still outstanding.
4th May- TCI AGM will be held at Tony Ireland Stadium. More details to follow in due course with regards start times etc.
After a decade as either Townsville Cricket Inc- Umpire Director or President of TCUA, Greg Hamblin has stepped down as head of our association. Greg leaves with not only a creditable history on field officiating at the Australian Country Championships,NQ and Qld Country panel umpire, but was also the first NQ Umpires Coordinator in 2005/6 and Tropical North Zone Umpire. Successor Peter Harding took over as President last month. Peter has been umpiring in Townsville for many years and was Vice-President of the Association. Good luck to both Greg (Life Member) and Peter (President). The association is strong and the future bright.