Season 2021 / 22 was a very successful season for our club both on and off the field. We had much to celebrate from the season and also a number of people that we need to thank for their contributions.
We had two premiership winning sides this season being our under 15 side who went through the season undefeated and our 1day premiership winning Division 4 side. There were no 2day senior premierships this season but all senior men’s teams made their corresponding semi finals with our Division 4 and Division 5 sides playing in the grand finals. Our Division 4 and Women’s (Team Green) Tier 2 sides were also the respective competition Minor Premiers.
It is no small feat to have all senior sides in the semi finals but just reward for the effort that both the players and club has put into the season.
There are two parts to running a club and both take considerable time and effort from both the playing group and small volunteer group.
The first being on the field which all players see each weekend. As players, we are very lucky to be able to turn up each Saturday or Sunday with everything effectively taken care of so that you can enjoy your cricketing experience. This should not be taken for granted as it is not something that is common at other clubs.
This season our club continued the club goal of investing in our player development which in turn will assist in building a sustainable playing group for many years to come.
Brett Lunt is key to the development in both our Men’s and Women’s teams with his coaching of all players. Brett continues to provide a whole club approach to our training and ensures that all players are treated equally while challenging each of us both individually and as a team. There is no other coach that I would personally recommend and as I have been saying our members for the last 10 years, we are so very lucky to have Brett as our club coach. Thanks for everything Brett!
Our Junior development is also another growing component of the club, that has resulted in the continual growth in playing numbers and development of our junior coaches which we are very proud of. This continues the holistic approach that we take as a club to put an emphasis on developing within and providing the best available cricket program. For this we thank Andrew Pearce who has done a wonderful job in this space over the past couple of years. Thanks Andrew!
Our Women’s program is only in its infancy but we put an emphasis on growing our women’s player numbers being the third season that we had had a women’s team at our club. This started with our women’s group moving into the Tier 2 competition as a tool to ensure not only enjoyment but just as important the cricket development of this group. We were lucky enough to have both Nicola & Brett in the coaching roles of the ladies which was great for all involved.
What we didn’t expect or plan for was the explosion of women’s members that joined our club this season, which meant by round 2 of the Ladies competition – we had 2 full tier 2 teams. This was great and really exciting for our club as we lead the way in women’s playing numbers on the coast.
The second part to running a club (and in my opinion the most important) is obviously off the field. This is what the majority of our playing members don’t see but do get to reap the benefits from. We are very lucky to at Glasshouse to have a dedicated group of volunteers who continue to drive the club forward.
At Glasshouse CC one of the most important parts of being able to offer the cricket program that we do is through our club sponsors – without our sponsors our club would simply not exist. Our club has a fantastic group of sponsors both in our Junior and Senior club many of which are long term.
On behalf of our club, we would like to thank all club sponsors for your continued support as this makes a direct impact to our club. As a club we ask that our members support these great companies where possible as they support our club;
Scotter and Mobility
Mad Pool Interiors
Matilda Fruit Barn
Sucked In Excavations
Beerwah Small Engines
We had many “wins” off the field this season which has put our club in a very good position moving forward. Through our successful grant process, we were able to complete our training nets, replace and extend the shelter on our number 2 oval and also build a new shed to house all of our training, game day equipment. This is only possible due to the fantastic leadership that Leanne McAllister provides to our club through leading the grant writing process.
Ashley Baartz has continued to produce quality turf pitches and playing ovals for our members. This is something that our club is very proud of and to have Ash’s professionalism and to see the pride that he takes in his work is something that our whole club benefits from.
Our club also made a significant investment into undertaking a complete rebranding of our logo and website and to increase our club presence within our community through social media. Crest Creative have done an absolute amazing job in all facets of this role and have made our club a leader in this regard throughout cricket clubs in Queensland.
We also held three significant club events this season being our Movember campaign which was well supported by our members and shone an important light on Men’s health with some of our members showing great courage in sharing their stories.
We also participated in our annual Pink Stumps weekend. It was great to see and listen to our women’s members speak passionately about Women’s health and in particular breast cancer prior to our two women’s teams playing against each other.
Finally, our Reconciliation day was a standout in my opinion. This has grown over the past two years from 2 sides participating in a bare foot circle to more than 100 people participating this season from both our Junior and Senior teams as well as 4 visiting teams. The video that Crest Creative created showcasing this event is something very special and is a must watch.
Thank you to our members for embracing these important events which add another layer to simply being a cricket club.
All that I have spoken about above leads me to some exciting news for our club as I have recently been advised by Queensland Cricket that our club has been nominated as Community Club of the Year. This is just reward and acknowledgement for our club and the way we are moving forward.
To the Club committee – Keith, Leigh, Rhonda, Levi, Stephen, Leanne and Ben thank you so very much for everything that you have done this season.
To the club volunteers who did our club raffles, ran our canteen and bar, assisted with carnivals or with our grounds, a huge thank you for what you do for our club.
To the players and members of our club, I hope that you have each enjoyed your season and will continue to support and/or play for the Rangers next season.