Local cricket received a boost last week when the Gundagai District Cricket Association (GDCA) received a nomination from Junee to play in the 2021-22 Elders Cup cricket competition.
The Elders Cup is contested by teams from the Tumut and Gundagai associations, with both organisations pleased to see the Junee club represented by Trent Charlton at the Gundagai delegates meeting, which was conducted via Zoom on Thursday.
Junee have not played in the Elders Cup since the end of the 2018-19 season, and Charlton spoke of the excitement within the Junee playing group and the town in general, with the strong squad all ready assembled, and sponsorship secured.
“It’s great to be back playing in the Elders Cup,” said Charlton.
“We have been able to put together a pretty strong side, and everyone is really keen to see cricket back in Junee again. We are also looking at playing representative cricket, with the Hedditch Cup likely to be our main focus.”
Junee have an abundance of cricketing talent at their disposal, and with the likes of Trent and Nathan Charlton, Mick Butler and Will McGrath, they will compete with any side in the Elders Cup competition.
The GDCA are looking forward to a big summer, with a revamped Hogan Gold Cup consisting of four teams, and now a sudden, but very welcomed increase in their Elders Cup numbers.
GDCA President, Tim Ryan, was over the moon to receive Junee’s nomination during the delegates meeting, and sees it as another positive sign in the association’s efforts to rejuvenate the summer sport in Gundagai.
“Absolutely fantastic to see Junee back, they are a great cricketing town with lots of talent, and the capability to play deep into the finals, and even win the competition,” said Ryan.
“Overall, the delegates meeting was a great success, with the Tigers led by Luke Berkrey and the Scorpions skippered by Gundagai life-member, John Smith, officially nominating their respective teams for the 2021-22 Twenty/20 Hogan Gold Cup.”
“As an association we are excited about the coming summer, and we will continue to look to strengthen the game in the local region, both in the 40 over and 20 over games; who knows, we might see Junee and other clubs join the Hogan Gold Cup in 2022-23.”
The Tumut association have had their AGM, and with nominations for teams due by September 17, officials are confident that the same sides from last season will be on board for 2021-22.
Tumut side, Wyangle, won their second Elders Cup cricket title in succession when they defeated Coolac by eight wickets in the 2020-21 final. Both sides are likely to be the benchmarks this summer, but the inclusion of Junee will certainly add further interest to the competition.