Letter from the Chairman
Upcoming matches and results
The Tasmanian Tigers were disappointing in Perth but bounced back with a big win over South Australia in Sydney. The team plays one more match in Sydney before returning to Hobart to play Queensland at Blundstone Arena on 17 October. Notably, both finals in the competition will be played at Blundstone Arena on 19 and 21 October.
The Board and Management have worked hard over a number of years to return the one day series to Tasmania and a good crow for the games would send a strong message to Cricket Australia that Tasmanians love the domestic one day series and assist our case to push for extra games next season and beyond.
The Tasmanian Roar also commenced their season with games in Adelaide on 7 and 8 October. Although two losses were suffered there was plenty of positives, including the form of Georgia Redmayne and the debut of Courtney Webb and Erin Fazackerly.
New cricket structure
The Cricket Department has been overhauled and the new structure is as follows:
Tigers Head Coach - Adam Griffith
Tigers Assistant Coach - Jeff Vaughan
Hurricanes (BBL) Head Coach - Gary Kirsten
Hurricanes (BBL) Assistant Coaches - Adam Griffith and TBC
High Performance Manager - Drew Ginn
Talent Manager - Ben Rohrer
Academy Manager - Richard Allanby
Junior Talent Manager - Michael Farrell
Coach U/19’s - Shannon Tubb
Coach U/17’s - Xavier Doherty
Coach U 13’s/15’s - Clinton Reid
Roar and Hurricanes (WBBL) Head Coach - Julia Price
Roar and Hurricanes (WBBL) Assistant/Junior Coach - David Drew
I congratulate Paul Green and David Boon on their re-election to the Board. Both are valuable members of the Board and their experience is invaluable. I also thank Andrew Downie for his interest and nomination.
Chairman's Room catering
I can assure Members that a recent media report about “locally caught crayfish and King Island beef” being a staple of the Chairman’s Room on a game day was a complete fabrication. It doesn’t happen. Normal catering for Big Bash is pies, sausage rolls and fish and chips.
The room generally runs at break even for cost, nothing that a number of places are sold. I don’t provide a running response to media stories, as it is often counter-productive. On this occasion The Mercury failed to publish my response, which was curious and disappointing. I am happy to provide a copy if my letter to The Mercury to any Member who requests it.
This season will see a “Chairman’s Table” on the lunch day of each Sheffield Shield game. It will give Members an opportunity (at no cost) to discuss any matters of concern and for any queries to be answered. Members wanting to attend should fill out the form available in the Members during the JLT Cup games and place in the box provided. Numbers are limited (between 5-8 per game) and will be on a first drawn out basis.
Members tickets are on their way and should be received by the end of the week. The Members will be up and running for JLT Cup games.
This year has seen many changes in our structure and set up. It won’t happen overnight, but we will see improvement and a return to the top of Australian cricket.
I welcome all Members to season 2017/18 and look forward to seeing you at Blundstone Arena.
September Board Meeting
At Septembers Board meeting, I was honoured to be reelected Chairman for a further 12 months with Paul Green as Deputy Chairman. We look forward to serving in these positions.
Cricket Tasmania Chairman