ANDY GILROY-SCOTT, the Club's original (and only) Treasurer, decided that enough was enough, and handed the portfolio to Norm Stickland. Andy resided comfortably on the Committee benches for the Season. Bob Kent remained the Club's President, Wayne Ross served his second term as Vice President and Kevin Stokes was Secretary. The General Committee consisted of Peter Worland, Ray Kinsey, Russ Wealands, Peter Watson, Andy Gilroy-Scott, Armin Otto and Ray Vivian. Ray Kinsey resigned early in the Season and was replaced by Graeme Spence. Clarrie Swan was co-opted to the Committee as Fund-Raising Manager. Membership Fees were raised to $50 (Family $65, Student $25, Junior $15) and Match fees were set at $2.
It was at the start of the 1982/83 Season that the Club moved headquarters to McClelland Drive - the results of many years' of negotiation and lobbying with the Frankston Council by members of the Long Island Cricket Club, in conjunction with the Frankston Rugby Union Football Club. Since 1978 the Club, in conjunction with the Frankston Rugby Union Football Club, had been in contact with the Frankston City Council endeavouring to upgrade the facilities at Worland Park. The ground was not really suitable for District (or even Sub-District) cricket and the pavilion, although many a good time had been had in the rooms, was not the most congenial place around. Finally the Council had agreed (in 1981) to Plans which had been developed by a sub-committee representing the two Clubs. The Long Island Cricket Club's members of this sub-committee over the years were Wayne Ross, Andy Gilroy-Scott, Barry Cotterell, Jeff Wheaton, Bob Kent and Peter Watson while Graeme Duckitt, Peter Strauss, Lloyd Johns and Les Lindley were representatives of the Rugby Club. In August 1982, the Council erected the shell of the pavilion, and the Clubs took over the completion of the interior. The Rugby Club members completed the interior of the pavilion, including lining the ceiling, finishing the toilets and washing areas, the Kitchen and Bar areas, providing the heating and hot water services and paving outside. The Cricket Club members initially sealed the floors, painted throughout and added a folding partition to the rooms to divide the entertainment area from the Change area.
During this Season the Club laid carpet throughout the
rooms and purchased tables and chairs. The result of the substantial work
by both Clubs was that we all gained the benefit of having a comfortable
area where players could, and did, recline after a hard day's play. Long
Island Cricket Club was well served in setting-up the Clubrooms by Andy
Gilroy-Scott, Jack Sommerville, John Garrick, Bob Kent, Wayne Ross, Dave
Muir, Geoff Sargant, Peter Worland, Bill Fowler, Kevin Cook, Ray Kinsey,
Russ Wealands, Ray Vivian (Supervisor) and Kevin Stokes. The work put
in by Andy and his father-in-law, Jack Sommerville was exceptional, and
their enginuity in providing the folding partition was something to behold,
and probably only equalled a little later by Norm Stickland when he organised
brother Doug to obtain carpet from a city building.
Rob Dean and Col Munro were appointed as Co-Coaches, but both resigned prior to the start of the Season - Rob to take on the job as Senior Coach at Frankston East, while Col returned to Baden Powell. Without an on-field leader, we approached Gordon McLeod to take over the role, and Gordon agreed. On the field, we performed marginally better than the previous Season in Seniors, but the Juniors took out two Premierships. In the Senior Grades, the biggest improvement was seen in the batting, with 14 players scoring more than 200 runs compared with only eight players managing to do that last Season.
In 1982/83 Les Thomas, Lindsay Batey, Graeme Spence,
Neil Stirling, Barry Morgan, Alan Morris, Ron Murphy and Steve Reynolds
resumed playing, while new players included Bob Smith, Dave Crompton,
Paul Jones, Ross Lacy and Danny Salt. Among the players who left the Club
were Rob Dean, who was appointed Coach of Frankston East. Rob had taken
on the coaching position in 1977/78 and in his first Season took the 1sts
to the Runner-up position in the District Grade. This was the only Season
that the team reached the Finals, but the Club had severe problems in
recruiting players, mainly because of our home ground - Worland Park -
and also because of the lack of Practice Facilities. During his 5 Seasons
with the Club, Rob played 57 games, batted 58 times (7 not outs) and scored
1227 runs, with a Highest Score of 93 not out. He took 28 wickets at a
cost of 21.39% with his "donkey drops". Rob was an excellent
leader and a great tactician. He was also a great Clubman who put in everything
for the Long Island Cricket Club. Other players who left the Club were
Glen Farrow (46 games, 508 runs at 17.52% [Highest Score 58] and 73 wickets
at 18.77%), Andy Gilroy-Scott (82 games, 1314 runs at 15.83% [Highest
Score 71] and 5 wickets with his mystery deliveries - how he got those
5 wickets was a mystery!!!), Gavin Harry, Ray Kinsey (44 games, 785 runs
at 16.35% [Highest Score 71] and 22 wickets), Graham Mattingley (39 games,
733 runs at 17.05% [Highest Score 69 not out]), Danny Quinn (30 games
557 runs and 33 wickets at 22.85%), Richard Carter (36 games), Leigh Cookman,
Andrew Hanson, Peter Kerley, Geoff Lucas (cleared to Mornington : 26 games
and 446 runs [Highest Score 67]), Peter Mills, Raymond Munro and Bruce
The 1st XI was captained by Gordon McLeod with Paul Jones acting as his Deputy. Gordon led by example and scored 380 runs at an average of 63.33%. The team won 4 games and drew one, with 6 losses. The most encouraging point to emerge was the form of young players, such as Mark Ridgway (20 wickets) and Kevin Ryan (197 runs). Peter Worland was originally captain of the 2nd XI, but with his services required in the 1st XI, Russ Wealands took the reins.
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3rd XI captain, Bob Kent, took the team to 7 victories, but lost the last game of the Season by 2 runs to just miss a berth in the finals.
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The 5th XI , again led by John Garrick, did one better than last Season, reaching the Grand Final, but missing out to Mt Eliza in that game.
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Our start in the Grand Final was not good with David Dodson and Ray Harley back in the pavillion pretty soon after the start of play, but Sarg, Cooky, Alan Morris and Bob Smith all got a good start but as soon as they looked like making a big score, each lost his wicket. Cooky was particularly savage on anything short and dispatched no fewer than 7 to the deep point boundary. Unfortunately when these four departed, so did our chances of a really big score, and we lost the last 5 wickets for 34 runs. Mt Eliza then proceeded to bat their time, and while in a bit of bother early, they recovered, thanks to a couple of missed opportunities, and took out the game pretty convincing victors. Danny Salt, Greg Pretty, John Garrick and Kevin Cook all bowled well, mostly without much luck.
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During the Season a Club withdrew from the "G" Grade competition and Long Island entered a 6th XI in this Grade. Because the Season had already gotten underway, the team was very much a "scratch" team. Les Munro volunteered to look after the team and a group of juniors were blooded into Senior cricket for the first time. Two of these, Dale McCurdy and Craig Small, have since played 1st XI cricket for the Club while Steve Griffin was a future Player of the Year winner and Chris Ainalidis played in the 2nds.
The Juniors continued their successes with the Under 16's taking out the Premiership after only one loss for the Season. Managed by Peter Watson, and captained by Graham Vose, we took the Semi Final narrowly over Mornington, then defeated Seaford in a tight Grand Final.
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Good Junior performances were put in by a number of the boys with Mark Watson - 3/7, 8/12 and 4/22, Dale McCurdy - 3/1, 3/14 and 5/27, Graham Vose - 40, 102no, 3/27, 93, 3/9, 64no, 47, 4/43, 47 and 4/44, Aaron Brew - 4/58, Peter Conell - 50 and 53, Paul Heller - 65, 58 and 68 and Craig Small - 49no being the most prominent in the Under 16's.
Graham Vose again represented the MPCA in its Under 16 Representative games and played in the Schoolboys competition.
The Under 14's struggled with only one win for the Season, but the majority of the boys were in their first year of that age division. The Under 14's were well represented by Matthew Spence - 3/9 and 3/12, Brett Cook - 46, 34 and 47, Clint Otto - 32 and Shaun Staggard 34 and 39.
The Under 12's went through the Season undefeated and easily won the Premiership. Gordon McLeod looked after these boys in magnificent fashion, and many of them were already shaping as players of the future.
Grand Final :
In this Grade, Cameron Park - already a veteran of 3 Seasons - continued to impress with efforts of 3/17, 32no, 31no, 3/20, 31no, 32no and 3/13, as did Neil Kent - 33no, 3/10, 41, 5/13, 3/23 and 30no, Ashley Gardner - 30no, 33no and 6/1, Aaron Wright - 24, 32no and 4/7, Craig Ryan - 31no and 3/11,Andrew Speed - 30no and 3/14, Andrew Kitson - 33no and 33no, and Christopher Firth - 30no and 30no.
Senior Awards for Season 1982/83 went to :
Milestones reached were :
Junior awards were given as follows :
ESANDA, through Norm Stickland, sponsored the Junior Presentations for the Season.
In his report on the Season, Gordon McLeod said : "After a disappointing start to the Season there was a marked improvement over last Season's performances: practice attendances were good and the new facilities have meant longer sessions for our batsmen. Pressure is being finally put on 1st XI players by the 2nds. The Club must continue to look to the Junior players to strengthen the sides and Juniors should be promoted when they are ready."