Simon Mammino was re-elected unopposed for his second term as President for Toombul District Cricket Club at the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday night after a successful year at the helm that saw the Club secure a First Grade finals berth and the Under 16 Lord’s Taverners premiership. John McNeilly was re-elected unopposed as the Club’s Treasurer and returns for his second term having presented his first financials recording an accounting profit of $41,893 that was underpinned by strong grant revenue.
At the AGM, Club stalwarts, David and Andrew Oldham, stood down from the committee after not seeking re-election after 11 and 8 years respectively on the Club’s Executive.
David joined the committee for the 2007/08 season as an Executive Committee member having already spent two seasons overseeing the Club’s introductory programs as Milo In2Cricket Coordinator. Upon joining the committee, David took on the added responsibility of managing the Club’s bar facilities which he returned to profitability and greatly improved the control and presentation. He provided stability to the Club’s growing social presence “The Faithful” managing the finances of the supporter’s club. In season 2011-12 he took on the role of Club Vice President but this did not change his hands-on approach and willingness to get the jobs done. David spent countless hours repainting the Clubroom, producing individual supporter’s cards and restocking the bar.
When the lighting to LaFrantz Oval was installed before the 2012-13 season, David took a leadership role with the Club’s Junior Committee to introduce Friday Night Cricket. He then dove into the role of coordinating the Friday nights at Toombul – sourcing volunteer coaches and canteen/bbq helpers, marking out the fields, cleaning the toilets, organising the draw, collecting the equipment at the end of the night and being the single point of contact for any queries from parents – all while still looking after the Milo In2Cricket program which had grown to be the biggest centre in the state with over 150 registered participants. In addition to the above workload, he stepped up to be Club President when the role was vacated by Doug Murphy in early 2013. David served as President for a further three seasons where he worked closely with QC and the other Premier Clubs with a view to improving the cricket experience across the competition, before stepping back to the Executive Committee last season due to added family commitments.
Andrew Oldham steps down after eight seasons as the Club’s Secretary. For the best part of a decade, he has been the glue that has held the club together. While others may have filled more visible positions in the Club, it is in the “invisible” hours that he has shone the brightest.
This decade has seen an enormous increase in the requirements of grade clubs, in terms of accreditation and legalities. The countless hours required to register senior players, monitor and control Blue Cards, maintain the Club’s web and social media presence, Cricket Australia Club Accreditation Schemes, organise insurances, enter statistics, generate annual reports, coordinate fundraising activities, ground availability, liaise between the player body and committee, bar management, banking and accounting; the list is endless. Any job that you can think of at the Club, even coaching 5 year olds (reluctantly), he has done it and done it well. It was always a sign of Andrew’s passion for the Club, with the time stamps on emails going into the small hours of the morning.
On top of this work to simply keep the Club functioning in today’s environment of accountability, Andrew has been responsible for almost all of the Club’s recent grant applications. Often a thankless and painful task, he has been successful in obtaining well over $100k of government and private grant funding across an array of projects including the rooftop development, security upgrades, training net lighting upgrade, strategic plan update, solar power and hot water installation, field improvements and equipment purchases. Through his diligence and proactive communication with the three levels of government as well as state and national sporting bodies he has continued to ensure that Toombul provides the best possible facilities for its cricketers.
Andrew will be replaced as Secretary by Matthew Stimpson who joined as an Executive Committee member in December 2013 and served as Administrator last season. Matthew is well placed to undertake the role having already demonstrated high performance throughout his time on the committee and establishing good working relationship with many of the stakeholders across the competition. Michael Barlow, an Old Boy of the Club who tasted success with the Over 40s side last season, will fill the void as Administrator created by Matthew’s movement.
Liam Morris, the outgoing Vice President, leaves the committee following a two year stint on the Executive. During this time Liam was instrumental in the redevelopment of the Clubhouse facilities particularly the reinstatement of the stairs to the rooftop viewing area with the new balustrade and astro-turf flooring installed. Liam coordinated the scoping of the works to ensure it met the Club’s requirements and then oversaw the construction activities. He also provided invaluable assistance to sourcing the quotes for the recent security upgrade to the Clubhouse.
Ronan McDonald had an outstanding year for the Club last season – captaining First Grade, reinvigorating the social committee as Social Secretary and being awarded Clubman of the Year – and he will be looking for another big year after being elected as the Club Vice-President. Nicholas Stein will take over the vacant Social Secretary role having served on the social committee last season.
Other changes to the committee are Chic Leeder and Stephen Atkinson stepping down after a year on the Club’s Executive. Doug Murphy and Andrew Cranstoun returned to their Executive Committee roles and were joined by three outstanding new members:
· Andrew Smart – a local businessman, occasional lower grade player and father of current player who has been of great assistance to the Club in recent years through his electrical contracting company with improvements to the training facilities.
· Jason Scott – a CEO and father of current player who has assisted with sponsorship of the Club for the last two seasons.
· Marc Hussey – a logistics manager and current player who has assisted the Club with social functions for several years.
There will also be a change to the Club’s QCA Delegates for 2017-18 with former First Grade Premiership winners and Life Members, Peter Clifford and Harry Frei accepting the roles to represent the Club’s interest with Queensland Cricket.
The Annual General Meeting closed with the Club’s members optimistic for a strong 2018/19 season under the elected officials and with the confirmed return of Andrew Pilgrim to the Head Coaching role.