THE MONTH’S HEADLINES
2 EDITIONS PUBLISHED
(Story numbers 0013 to 0029)
004 - 5 January [0013-0022]
• Busy fortnight for TCUSA scorers and umpires (004-0022).
• First grade debut for David Gainsford (004-0021).
• Umpires, scorers named for Hobart internationals (004-0020).
• Talk on national championship scheduled (004-0019).
• Noggers of the North (004-0018).
• Volunteers raise funds at 'The Taste' (004-0017).
• The new man at the door (004-0016).
• Tentative plans evolve for end-of-season match (004-0015).
• One to cheer up Richard (004-0014).
• Cricket definitions (004-0013).
005 - 15 January [0023-0029]
• General meeting scheduled for 31 January (005-0029).
• Next Bellerive Pura Cup appointments (005-0028).
• End-of-season match (005-0027).
• End-of-season dinner et al. (005-0026).
• '50/50 Club' initiative abandoned (005-0025).
• On a sticky wicket (005-0024).
• Media bloopers or did they really say that? (005-0023).
E-NEWS NUMBER 004
Friday, 5 January 2007
BUSY FORTNIGHT FOR TCUSA
SCORERS AND UMPIRES
The first few weeks of the New Year will see TCUSA scorers and umpires busy supporting games being played around Hobart in the Commonwealth Bank Under 19 Women's national championships, the TCA's roster matches, STCL and Derwent Valley Association (DVA) games, 20/20 interstate matches, and one-day internationals. Twelve scorers and eighteen umpires, the latter including Caroline McGregor and Paul Clarke from Launceston, are involved in the 21-match U19 tournament which runs from 3-10 January. TCA roster one-day games are scheduled for 6-7 January, Greg Luck and Brian Muir are officiating in two 20/20 interstate games on 5 and 7 January and they have also been appointed to support the two one day internationals on 14 and 16 January (E-News 0004-0020 below).
FIRST GRADE DEBUT
FOR DAVID GAINSFORD
Weather permitting, David Gainsford will make his TCA First Grade umpiring debut in the match between Kingborough and Newtown at Kingston on 6 January. David, who served in the Army for 28 years, started umpiring ten years ago after settling in Tasmania, but then switched to looking after junior teams at North Hobart and Glenorchy over the following eight years. After a successful period with the juniors, during which the numbers involved at both clubs increased significantly, he decided to come back to the umpiring ranks this season. Good luck David and enjoy!
UMPIRES, SCORERS NAMED FOR
Umpires and scorers for the two one-day international matches scheduled for Bellerive this month have been named. For the 14 January match between Australia and New Zealand, Asad Raul and Daryl Harper will be on the field while Steve Davis is the third official and TCUSA member Greg Luck is the fourth. On 15 January it will be Raul and Davis on the ground for the England-New Zealand match with Harper in the third slot and Brian Muir of the TCUSA at number four. TCUSA members Graeme Hamley and Janet Gainsford will score at both games.
TALK ON NATIONAL
Steven John will talk about umpiring at the male Under 19 Championships at the next TCUSA Training-Appointments meeting on 10 January. The competition, which involved all States plus the ACT and the Northern Territory, was held in Adelaide South Australia just before Christmas. During the twelve days of competition Steve umpired four one-day and three two-day matches, leaving only two rest days along the way. While such a heavy program was a challenge for those in the middle, Steve feels his concentration and on-field routines benefited as a result. Overall the standard of play he saw was good, and the games were played on wickets in the Adelaide area (including four days on Adelaide Oval Number 2), that were of a "very high" standard. Steve told 'E-News' that he did not see a bad bounce over the two weeks of competition. The 10 January meeting will be held in the Premiership Room at Bellerive Oval commencing at 7.30 p.m.
NOGGERS OF THE NORTH
Sam 'Noggers' Nogajski leaves on 6 January for Brisbane where he will umpire in the 'Commonwealth Bank' Male Under 17 National Championships from 8-17 January. Seven teams are involved from the ACT, NSW, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. Sam's roster of games is similar to that of Steven John in Adelaide last month for he has been appointed to four one-day and three two-day games over the twelve days of the tournament. The competition, which is held annually, provides the opportunity for players and umpires to progress beyond Grade Cricket and stake their claim for selection at Under 19 representative level and eventually State 2nd XI matches (the Cricket Australia Cup), First Class Cricket and beyond. Noggers is one of eight umpires from around the country who will be officiating in Brisbane.
VOLUNTEERS RAISE FUNDS
AT 'THE TASTE'
Seven TCUSA members worked at the Taste of Tasmania over the last week to raise funds for the Association. Those involved, some of whom worked several shifts, were: Simon Allen, Joe Hewitt, Steve Maxwell, Jamie Mitchell, Ian Quaggin, Penny Paterson and Alistair Scott. All were kept pretty busy, some until late at night, during their time on duty and their support of the initiative is to be commended.
THE NEW MAN AT THE DOOR
Long-serving TCUSA umpire Joe Hewitt is the new 'man at the door' to the TCA Members area this season. Joe, who is present at all matches at Bellerive, greets Members, checks their membership cards, helps with queries and ensures that those entering the area are suitably attired. When not busy assisting those arriving and departing from the Members area, he is able to watch the game from his post at the northern end of the ground as he looks down over second slip to a left hander batting at the northern end of the ground.
TENTATIVE PLANS EVOLVE FOR
Work is continuing on plans for the proposed end-of-season umpires match. One plan on the drawing board calls for a game at either Lindisfarne 1 or 2 on the Regatta Day Monday in February. A second option is also on the table but the date for such a match depends on a number of scheduling issues. It is hoped that details will firm up in the near future, in the mean time those intending to play need to start stretching those long unused muscles!
ONE TO CHEER UP RICHARD
Given how the Ashes series ended early this afternoon, Umpires Advisor Richard Widows no doubt needs some cheering up. So he might want to recall the Test Match played between the old combatants way back in 1888. On that occasion the match, which was played at Manchester, only lasted six-and--a-half hours and saw England win by an innings and 21 runs! England scored a total of 172 but Australia collapsed to be all out for 81 before managing only 70 in the second innings. If only aye Richard!
'Appeal' - A 250 decibel scream made to overcome the obvious congenital deafness so common in the umpiring profession.
'Football' - A crude winter game played with an inflated pigskin. It provides much tedious talk in the newspapers, bars and on the airwaves. If particular care is not taken it will get worse and the desire will arise to play it all year round.
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E-NEWS NUMBER 005
Monday, 15 January 2007
GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULED
FOR 31 JANUARY
A General Meeting of the Association will be held prior to the next Training-Appointments meeting on Wednesday, 31 January. Details will be provided of the work the Management Committee has been undertaking on your behalf, and members will have the opportunity to raise any issues they believe need consideration.
NEXT BELLERIVE PURA CUP
Steve Davis and Bruce Oxenford will umpire the Pura Cup match between Tasmania and Queensland which starts at Bellerive tomorrow. The scorers for the game are Graeme Hamley and Janet Gainsford.
As those who attended last night's Training-Appointments meeting will know, the proposed end-of-season umpires match has now been set for Lindisfarne on Regatta Day (Monday, 12 February) and will involve a 30/30 format. The start time has not yet been finalised but total playing time should be around 3-4 hours. Quite a few keen people have signed on to play so if you want to be in it and have not as yet please let Steven John know. AFL umpires massuer Graeme Hamley will be there to help with those pre-match warm ups, while Chris Williams, who is well versed in things of the St John Ambulance variety, can assist all those over-enthusiastic males post match who still think they are 21 but are really not!
END-OF-SEASON DINNER ET AL.
Don't forget to put the Association's Annual Dinner in your dairy for Wednesday, 28 March. Dates of other meetings scheduled for the remainder of the current season are available on our web site and are provided below for your convenience.
'50/50 CLUB' INITIATIVE ABANDONED
The proposed 50/50 Club competition that was announced at the start of the season will not now go ahead as only fourteen people have 'signed on' for the fund raising effort. Those who arranged with Graeme Hamley for the money to be deducted from their salary can rest assured that nothing was taken from their accounts, while those that handed in cash will be refunded in the near future. Thank you to all who indicated that they would support the initiative.
ON A STICKY WICKET
Who were the two umpires seen working hard in their blue Association wind-proof jackets on a rather warm Saturday last week - and why were they so clad? Unfortunately one of them, in a rather 'senior moment', had attempted to iron his blue shirt with an overly hot iron on Friday evening, an effort of some skill that left a most interesting pattern right in the middle of the front of the shirt! So rather than let that person squirm in the middle of the ground all day, his colleague most kindly suggested they wear their jacket during the game to help 'cover up' the unfortunate mistake! A most gracious gesture considering the temperature that prevailed. Thank you Susan - it was hot wasn't it!
MEDIA BLOOPERS OR DID
THEY REALLY SAY THAT?
'Yorkshire 232 all out, Hutton ill - I'm sorry, Hutton 111' - John Snagge, BBC News.
'Ray Illingworth has just relieved himself at the pavilion end' - Brian Johnston, BBC Radio.
'He's usually a good puller - but he couldn't get it up that time' - Richie Benaud, Channel 9.
'If you go in with two fast bowlers and one breaks down, you're left two short' - Bob Massie, ABC Radio (only a fast bowler could say that).
END OF JANUARY 2007 E-NEWS FILE