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Over 50s National Championships Adelaide 2022


Western Australian Veterans Cricket (WAVC) has returned from the Over 50s National Championships held in Adelaide from 20-24 November.


The Championships comprised 42 teams representing sides from WA, SA, NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS and New Zealand, spread over five divisions.  All games were primarily played on turf, 45 overs per side.


The Western Australian contingent was made up of 74 players in six teams, from all over our state.


Jason Hamling, Over 50s President said: “For a state that is only around 10% of the national population, our team’s performed well above expectations.”


Individual player performances, were recognised with the following awards:

• Gerard Wyeth – Player of the Tournament, Champion Bowler, Team of the Year

• Brad Papotto – Team of the Year

• Anthony Barranca – Team of the Year

We are back

WA Veterans Cricket is this month and next month sending more teams than ever before to National Championships all over Australia. These Championships have all been cancelled for the last three years and there is great excitement as teams can finally prepare to travel. Teams have been training and playing practice games for months with the support of WA Cricket staff and a number of ex state and national players. Players from the metropolitan area, Geraldton and across the South-West have all participated and finally bags are packed, bats ready and excitement is building.


The WAVC Men’s Over 70s are sending two teams to Tasmania, WAVC Men’s Over 60s are sending five teams to Geelong and the WAVC Men’s Over 50s are sending six teams to Adelaide. This year there will also be an inaugural Men’s over 40s and WAVC is sending two teams to Sydney and the first ever WAVC Women’s  over 40s event will be held side by side with the men in Geelong. Overall 17 teams travelling to all parts of Australia showcasing Veterans Cricket and the many benefits that Cricket for life can bring as part of the WA cricket pathway. 


There will be over 700 players and supporters attending the Geelong Championship Dinner a clear  indication of how much growth there has been during the lockdown.


Noel Raymond (President WAVC) recently said, “I am just so proud of the growth and commitment to veterans cricket. We all realise it can play a number of important roles in people’s physical and mental health and staying involved gives people a range of options to stay involved in their local community.”

For the women involved in their first ever opportunity to represent their state the excitement is building. As one of the team members recently said at training, “I never imagined in my wildest dreams I would get to play for WA, wear a State uniform, train where some of the most famous WA cricketers have trained and be coached by people like Avril Fahey, Zoe Goss and Elwyn Campbell. I also got to run around on the WACA ground and my family is so proud of me.”


Results and stories from all the different venues to follow.

2023 Over 70s Cricket Championships

WA will be hosting the 2023 Championships in the South-West Western Australia from Wednesday 22 November to 28 November, based around Bunbury. Planning has commenced and a committee has been formed to prepare for and run the event. The committee is Michael Boyd, Sharon Boyd, Neville Eastman, David Horsley, Jan Horsley, Darrell Ramponi, and Angelo D'Agostino. The committee will need lots of help leading up to and during the Championships to make them a successful event. We plan to make a presentation in Launceston to encourage participation next year. Let's hope we can fill at least three teams for our local Over 70 Cricket Championships – start talking to your friends now.

Welcome and congratulations



Veterans Cricket Australia (VCA)

Rob Sims has recently been appointed as President of Veterans Cricket Australia. Matt O’Mara as Secretary and Noel Raymond as the WA representative. Congratulations to all these people and many thanks to Rob Sims for his significant contribution over several years as President of WAVC.



Western Australian Veterans Cricket (WAVC)

The following people were either elected at the recent WAVC Annual General Meeting or appointed as the age group representative at or after the meeting.



President: Noel Raymond


Vice President: Peter Wilkinson


Secretary: Kathy O'Shaughnessy


Treasurer: Martin Pearce


Over 70s - Michael Boyd


Over 60s - Darrell Ramponi


Over 50s – Jason Hamling


Over 45s – Chris Sampson

Over 40s – Sumeet Wagh

Over 40s Female – Bec Pedrotti


Click on WAVC Contacts all contact details. Thanks to Martin and Kathy who continue to offer their services to WAVC. Congratulations and welcome to all.


A real Donnybrook by Greg (Tub) Elliott

The annual Donnybrook weekend was held 15-16 January and there are always a few who arrive early and leave late. Darrell and Lynn Ramponi along with the Donnybrook CC hosted the weekend at Egan Park with support from many old and new players (and their support crews).


Day one consisted of an epic match with a 17 players per side match with Wilko's team managing to usurp Scrimmer's team.


After the AGM where Rob Sims and his committee were thanked, a new president Noel Raymond was elected along with Peter Wilkinson as vice-president.


Sunday’s game was intended to be a three-team T-15 competition where each side would play two games. However when it became apparent the start would be delayed a change to the format was made and it was decided to change the format to a 30-over match with each side having a list of 15/16 players. Peter Wilkinson skippered one side and Rog Sims the other. Not quite sure who was victorious in the end but another very enjoyable and close game of cricket finished at around 3.30pm which allowed those who wanted to travel home to do so while others were able carry on socialising to their hearts content.


 At the conclusion of the game thanks were made to Lynn. Ramps, Gibbo  our great barman) and other women and men who contributed to the making it a most enjoyable weekend of cricket and making new friends and renewing old friendships.


Catering is a big undertaking with a welcoming BBQ on Friday night, morning and afternoon teas, lunches both days and BBQs again on Saturday and Sunday night.


There was excellent response to our annual Wheelchair for Kids raising of donations which continues to get bigger each year. Thanks were also extended to Mick and John who umpired both days. Thanks also extended to Kathy O for scoring again on Saturday.



Masters Games postponed

More information

1 July 2021

New Affiliation Agreement on the way


A new 3 year Affiliation Agreement is currently being negotiated with the WACA. This will clearly set out the goals for WAVC and indicate strategies for the development and promotion of men's and women's veterans cricket across Western Australia. 

The Veterans Cricket Australia newsletter

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