CRICKET: Clarence River Cricket Association has a stern new face, but according to recently appointed president Tim Kinnane it is the unsung heroes of the association that will make this season work.
After the association was left without a leader at the annual general meeting last month, Kinnane decided to step up from his position as vice-president with the support of a dedicated committee.
Coutts Crossing Cricket Club president Andrew McLachlan has joined the committee to replace Kinnane in the vice-president role, while incumbent secretary Judy Disson and treasurer John Blanch will continue to be the glue that holds the association together.
Former president Tom Kroehnert, who stepped back from the president's role to focus on his rebuilding club South Services - who will return to Premier League for the 2017/18 season - has taken the reins of the newly created council liaison officer position as the committee pushes for a more seamless partnership with Clarence Valley Council.
Kinnane said the decision to step into the president's role was not an easy one due to work constraints, but it was one he had to make to ensure cricket in the Valley continued to move forward.
"In the end somebody had to do it and with the support I have been provided by Macca, Judy and John as well as Tom, we decided for the betterment of cricket this is what we are going to do,” Kinnane said.
"The CRCA is very tribal and that is excellent for Grafton cricket, at the meeting everybody agreed we wouldn't turn political and instead we would help each other out.
"Everybody said they would pull in the right direction and at this stage we need to take them on their word.”
A corrections officer by day, Kinnane has been known to take a no-nonsense approach to his cricket in the past and that is the approach he is bringing to the presidency.
"We need a no-nonsense style, especially this year,” he said. "If someone doesn't want to do the right thing by us well then he is doing it wrong by the association and his club.
"We are not going to suffer any fools.”
McLachlan said his focus lied in continuing the momentum of Kroehnert's dedicated team of the past few seasons.
"Tom and the previous committee have done a fantastic job over the last few years and TK and I are looking at building on that and going in the same direction,” he said.
"We have got to take cricket forward in the Valley, what that will entail in the future still remains unknown but at the moment it is going in the right direction and we want to keep that moving.”
The CRCA season returns to the fields following the October long weekend public holiday on Saturday, October 7.