Pres­i­dent’s exit ush­ers in new era for as­so­ci­a­tion

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

Af­ter about four years as pres­i­dent of the West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, Gavin Pater­son says one of his big­gest re­grets in leav­ing town will be say­ing good­bye to the lo­cal cricket scene.

The long-serv­ing WPCA com­mit­tee mem­ber and player, a self-con­fessed diehard of the as­so­ci­a­tion, stepped down from the po­si­tion of pres­i­dent last month af­ter mov­ing to Broome.

Pater­son said he had started as a com­mit­tee mem­ber with the as­so­ci­a­tion about five years ago by de­fault “be­cause no one else from our team would go to the meet­ings” at the time.

He said the stan­dard of cricket and play­ers’ morale had grown in leaps and bounds since then, mainly be­cause of an ad­min­is­tra­tive re­view, which set up a more struc­tured and sup­port­ive play­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“At the time I started, five or six years ago, we were strug­gling to get eight or nine guys to com­mit to things like Coun­try Cups or coun­try week,” he said.

“We were sit­ting about the mid­dle to bot­tom of C-grade.

“To go from there to hav­ing taken a team ev­ery year for the past few years to coun­try week, go­ing from C-grade up into the A-grade, was a great achieve­ment.”

Pater­son said he would miss the com­bi­na­tion of ca­ma­raderie and healthy com­pe­ti­tion at the WPCA but trusted it was be­ing left in good hands.

The WPCA is yet to choose a new pres­i­dent but will likely se­lect one at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in sev­eral weeks time.

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