It?s all Goodge: umpire CRCA guest
By TIM HOWARD email@example.com
THE Clarence River Cricket Association has secured domestic one-day umpire Darren Goodger as its guest speaker for its presentation night on April 14.
Goodger, who began his umpiring career in the Clarence Valley, has since become one of the leading umpires in the Sydney District competition.
In five years of umpiring in Sydney Goodger has won the coveted George Borwick Medal and First Grade Umpire of the Year double in 2003-04.
And in his first domestic one-day game in the 2004-2005 season he was at the bowlers end when NSW quick Doug Bollinger took a hat trick.
Goodger has also had a taste of international umpiring as a 'fourth umpire' for four one-day internationals at Sydney, including the second Commonwealth Bank final against England.
CRCA president Jeff Hackett said rather than have Goodge give a set speech, he will set up a question and answer format.
In other local cricket news the CRCA has decided to implement two new awards for the 2006-07 season.
Hackett said the February association meeting voted to include a second grade and third grade player of the year trophies this season.
"The Second Grade Player of the Year was made possible by the donation of a cricket bat by former topline cricketer Ron Hockey," Hackett said.
"Ron was a former police inspector at Grafton and also a single-figure golfer.
"Through his interest in cricket, he approached the association with the idea for the award."
Hackett said the award would be called the Ron and Audrey Hockey Trophy.
The association will sponsor a third grade Player of the Year trophy.
The meeting also voted to replace the night cricket competition for the Neil and Coral Frame Shield with a Twenty/20 competition involving the four Grafton BCU Premier League teams.
The games will be played as a carnival on Sunday, March 4 at Ellem Oval and McKittrick Park.
The draw for the day is Westlawn and Brothers to play at Ellem Oval and GI Tucabia Copmanhurst to play South Services at McKittrick Park.
The winners of both games will play in the final at McKittrick Park from 3pm. The first two games will commence at 10.30am.
The cancellation of the night cricket has also flowed into The Daily Examiner Shield competition between the region's high schools.
Hackett said the failure of the Clarence Valley Council to maintain the lights at McKittrick Park led the schools to decide to cancel the competition this season.
The CRCA fixtures committee has announced the dates for the finals in Premier League and the CRCA second and third grade competitions.
The major semi-final in all grades will be played on the weekends of March 17 and 18.
Preliminary finals will be played on March 24 and 25 and the grand finals on March 31 and April 1.