WA Cricket Chair the Hon. Tuck Waldron thanked the Members, WA Cricket Board, Audit and Risk Committee, CEO Christina Matthews, management and staff for their incredible support, commitment and work during what was a unique and challenging year for cricket in WA, largely due to the impacts of COVID-19.
Mr Waldron highlighted WA Cricket’s successes during the year;
- WA Cricket is in its strongest financial position it’s ever been in, due to the hard work and diligence of the Board and staff during a difficult year
- State and Federal Government funding commitments towards the WACA Ground Improvement Project
- Works for the WACA Ground Improvement Project are well underway, with the demolition of the Inverarity Stand in progress and lengthening of the oval due to be completed by the end of November
- WA Cricket finished in the top half of the High-Performance Program delivered across Australian Cricket
- WA Cricket continues to lead the country in participation growth for women and girls
- Both Perth Scorchers teams had successful Big Bash League campaigns, with the women’s side once again finishing in the top four and our men’s side making the Final
Tom Percy QC was re-elected to the Board for his final two-year term.
Members, the Board and staff paid homage to Kevin Gartrell OAM, Angele Gray and Jennifer (Jenny) Owens who were awarded Honorary Life Membership.
Kevin Gartrell has had an illustrious playing career and made an enormous contribution to cricket. Gartrell played 10 First-Class matches for WA between 1959-60 and 1962-63. Upon retiring from playing, Gartrell founded the Midland-Guildford Junior Cricket Association and the Swan View Cricket Club. He was a State Selector for four years as well as a Life Member of the Midland-Guildford Cricket Club where he held the positions of President, Secretary, Treasurer and Club Committee Member. Last year he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his service to sport.
Angele Gray has been a loyal player and servant of cricket in WA for the past 37 years. Over her 17-year playing career Gray played 132 games for the State and until last year was WA’s highest scorer in the Women’s National Cricket League with 2,365 runs. In addition to her playing career, Gray has been a long serving coach, cricket radio commentator, and member of the WA Female Cricket Council (WAFCC) since 2009.
Jenny Owens has been involved in cricket in WA for over 44 years. The former spin bowler played 50 matches for WA and currently holds the record for best figures (7-14) in an innings by a WA Women’s player. At the age of 24 she become the ninth WA woman to represent Australia. Owens contribution to the game involves various voluntary roles with the WA Women’s Cricket Association (WAWCA) including Treasurer. Since 2017 Owens has volunteered with Team Connect, a community program that creates links between schools and junior cricket clubs to give adolescent girls the opportunity to participate in cricket.
CEO Christina Matthews provided an update on the WACA Ground Improvement Project, including current oval lengthening works, asbestos removal and the demolition of the Inverarity Stand, as well as the Project designs. Members also gained insight into the positive impact several community programs, supported through the WA Cricket Foundation, are having on Aboriginal cricketers, people with a disability, and young women in cricket, as well as the role the Foundation is playing in creating an inclusive community hub at the WACA Ground.
Members also heard from WA Head Coaches Becky Grundy and Adam Voges, previewing the exciting season ahead for their respective competitions. Both teams are well-prepared to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities the season may present.
Kevin Gartrell with WA Cricket Chair Hon. Tuck Waldron
Angele Gray with WA Cricket Chair Hon. Tuck Waldron