CRCA Premier League proves the equal of many comps
FROM my experience, one of the best ways to settle into new surrounds is to get involved in the local sporting community.
I arrived in the Clarence Valley in October and one of my first objectives was to find a cricket team.
While my addition to the Coutts Crossing batting line-up didn't exactly set the world on fire, I thoroughly enjoyed my season of CRCA Premier League, sharing a laugh with teammates and opponents alike and, at times, embroiled in the heat of the battle.
Like most country cricket competitions, Premier League is played hard but fair.
But that's out in the middle. And at the end of the day, that's where the fierce rivalry stays.
Over the years I've played in Newcastle, Dubbo and Tamworth and, while here the population base is less than all of those, Premier League is no less competitive, which is great to see.
The representative team won the North Coast Cricket Council competition, triumphing in the final against arch rivals Lower Clarence, who reached the Country Plate semi-finals and most of whom play for Premier League champions Harwood. The grand final winners from grades, as well as the season's outstanding performers, will be recognised for their achievements tomorrow night, when the CRCA holds its presentation dinner at competition sponsors the Grafton District Services Club.
Some of the major individual awards of the night include The Daily Examiner Rookie of the Year, the 2GF Player of the Year, Representative Player of the Year, the Russ Ellem Award for First Grade All Rounder and the Mackellys Trophy for Slow Bowler of the Year.
Overall and grade trophies for batting, bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping will also be presented.