President’s exit ushers in new era for association
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.