Cricket club hits per­fect pitch

Wanneroo Times - - Sport - Justin Bian­chini

WAN­NEROO’S cen­tral wicket area at Kingsway had grown old, un­pli­able.

The clay that cu­ra­tor Vin Clarke had to work with had been in the ground for 40 years.

“It all be­comes com­pact,” for­mer club pres­i­dent Mike Min­ear said.

“The wa­ter runs straight off it and you can’t pre­pare a de­cent wicket.”

So it was dug up, spe­cial clay or­dered through the WACA and sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial back­ing re­ceived from the City of Wan­neroo.

And while Vin was giv­ing the new pitch block’s first deck a fi­nal roll ahead of the Roos-Joon­dalup clash on Satur­day morn­ing, a cer­e­mony had be­gun to of­fi­cially open the new turf.

Club pres­i­dent David Min­ear thanked his club col­leagues past and present, WACA chief ex­ec­u­tive Christina Matthews and the City of Wan­neroo for the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port.

Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, who had not long started in the role when she ex­pe­ri­enced the ex­hil­a­ra­tion of the Roos’ first A-grade pre­mier­ship in 2012, was an­nounced as the club’s No. 1 tick­etholder.

“This is very, very spe­cial; spe­cial be­cause it’s a great club,” she said.

“Spe­cial be­cause it’s a club with his­tory. A lot of our pi­o­neer­ing fam­i­lies be­ing in­volved.

“The club de­serves the sup­port (from the City of Wan­neroo). It has so much re­spect from the wider com­mu­nity.

“It’s great what you’re do­ing with women’s cricket; that’s re­ally ex­cit­ing too. We know you’ve got chal­lenges ahead.

“But please be as­sured from the City of Wan­neroo’s per­spec­tive we will walk by you side by side on the jour­ney, sup­port­ing, mak­ing sure you have the fa­cil­i­ties you need to grow from.”

Mrs Roberts tossed the coin – the Roos won the toss – be­fore of­fi­cially open­ing the new wicket area by cut­ting a rib­bon.

Clock­wise from top: For­mer Wan­neroo pres­i­dent Norm Fawcett and cu­ra­tor Vin Clarke with Roos’ for­mer Test pace­man Mitchell John­son. Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Mike Min­ear, Cr Brett Treby and David Min­ear. Wan­neroo cu­ra­tor Vin Clarke.

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