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Chairman’s Review of 2021 - Dave Dunn

10 Dec 2021

Like last year, 2021 will again be remembered for the continuing Impact COVID had on our season. Despite this, a great number of people worked hard to ensure the ground was of a high standard, the bar was well tended and the running of the club continued with minimal disruption.

Havoc caused by a mini twister resulted in two new nets. Grateful thanks to Graham, Fred and Wayne for their practical support, expertise and knowledge in the replacement of the nets.

Thank you to all the captains and players who again had to deal with COVID outbreaks and play safely within guidance. The extra work and procedures ensured we missed very few games.

Thanks must go to the youth coaches who made All Stars and Dynamos so successful this year and to Charlie Tuke-Hastings whose administrative skills and leadership will impact on the next generation of talented players. Again, grateful thanks to Rob and Lucy Ireland who poured so much energy and skill into the Under 9’s, coached so well by Gaby and Matt.

The Under 11’s are an extremely talented squad and we should be very proud of them. These players are exceptional and we must endeavour to support their journeys to the first team.

Thank you to Jody for ably helping support all four teams throughout the season and to all the parents whostepped up to help,umpire or score. Thesmooth running of the club relies on selfless help. Will’s contribution and commitment to the running of the club has been incredible. His IT skills, passion to improve the infrastructure of the club and professionalism are never ending. Will’s energies will have a great impact on the future of the club so huge thanks.

I must also recognise the dedicated work of Steve Willard who many of you will know as a popular former first team player. Steve, our treasurer for many years, has remained a connected and committed volunteer to our club despite no longer playing cricket and bringing up a young family, he still wanted to give back to his club by offering his accounting skills. Thank you Steve for all the hours you have given freely to Poulton Cricket Club:

It was great to finish the season with a social weekend that included a very well supported day to commemorate Simon Gordon-Walker. It was good to see so many ex players coming back to support Jamie. The weekend came to a close with a youth presentation day and bbq. The Parents v Kids match, as ever, brought out the competitive side of so many. Great memories of a fun day enjoyed by many.

Lastly, it was so nice to have actually have the long awaited dinner and dance. Ingleside House was a great local venue for an end of season get together though rest assured, I have already requested a few potatoes next year! Although well attended, I am hopeful we can fill the venue next year.

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