Interesting information Clocker and lets hope you are around in 5 - 10 years. I'm more interested in the present and the fixturing for this season. Interestingly as mentioned on SECA web site, the fixture sub committee state that - Quote '' key stakeholders of our comp, including the VMCU who we must align to '' the season will be structured. What is questionable is that the dates for VMCU model this season include Jan 6, Feb 24, and March 3 giving them a total of 20 playing days, so who are we aligning with ? Some of their comps also have 10 teams and play everyone once, and then 2 one dayers? Whats so hard with that? Lets hope that clubs get a discount on their affiliation fees for 3 less days of cricket. Whilst I understand and appreciate people who work on committees and in most instances they try to do their best, but this decision reeks of a tired and non productive committee short changing local cricket clubs.There will be no statement from the Executive because they never explain their rationale. They would have explained their logic to the clubs in their own convoluted way. It is up to the clubs and their reps to share the information and use forums like this to enlighten supporters and express their point of view.
The Executive treats Longy as a picnic competition, and is it any wonder that is how it is perceived.
I believe that this is part of a well designed plan to make the Longmuir competition irrelevant and unattractive to local cricketers. For many years Longmuir took the limelight away from the turf competitions. Longmuir controlled junior cricket in the South East, so Turf Clubs were beholden to them which annoyed many of them. Now we have a new master plan from CV from cricket in the Southern region focusing on the Turf Competition. The Longmuir Executive has compliantly followed instructions and the restructure of Longmuir and the is draw is just another example. I know for a fact that a few senior people on the Executive were great believers in getting rid of 2 day games and just play one day matches every week. It made it easier for all concerned was their rationale.
The next step that will occur will be the forced merger of clubs to try and give some of the Turf clubs some breathing room. Who knows the decree may come from CV that some turf clubs takeover CMCA clubs. For example Moorabbin and Bentleigh Uniting and/or Mackie. Sound ludicrous now, agreed, however let's see what happens in 5-10 years.
The problem that CV faces is that local councils do not like or really support turf wickets on their grounds. They want soccer clubs; the more the better.