Forging a path together
Greendale and South Malvern Cricket Clubs are putting past rivalries aside in a player sharing deal to ensure the future of both clubs.
The player sharing agreement will see Greendale forgo their Premier status, dropping to the Senior Grade.
Meanwhile South Malvern’s senior players will move to play at Darfield’s grass turf to meet Canterbury Cricket requirements. The club’s name will change to Darfield/South Malvern (DSM) to reflect that.
DSM juniors will continue to play at Glentunnel.
Greendale club secretary Regan Dalley said the move was for the best.
‘‘It needed to happen or both clubs would have been relegated to the senior grade. We’ve got too many good young players in this area for that to happen.’’
Work on the player sharing agreement began in November, after both clubs faced tough loses.
‘‘We’ll have three or four players playing for Darfield/ South Malvern and they’ll make players available to fill any gaps we might have.’’
Dalley said it was important to maintain a pathway to senior grade, onward to the premier grade and beyond for the area’s young talent.
Although the two clubs had an historic rivalry, Dalley said it had become much friendlier over recent years.
The South Malvern Cricket Club in 2014.