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Two clubs fold

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

TWO Loddon cricket clubs have gone into recess with the disbandment of the Northern United Association.

Clubs last month decided to wind up the association that included 2020-2021 runners-up Dingee and Calivil.

Association secretary Matt Gilmour said the last season had been a struggle for clubs with COVID restrictions and player shortages adding to the challenge.

“Besides COVID it was a bit of a mess with seven or eight forfeits for the season,” Gilmour said.

He said the Elmore and Colbinabbin clubs had wanted to affiliate with the Goulburn Murray association where there was a junior competition.

Both Calivil and Dingee clubs have gone into recess.

Dingee only reformed last season, winning five matches and making their way to the grand final against Elmore.

Calivil’s Phil Brown said the club had discussed possible affiliation with the Upper Loddon association but decided to step away from competition.

“We have been struggling to get the numbers and there were only two or three players still keen on playing every Saturday,” Brown said.

While only winning three matches last season, Calivil had enjoyed success with two Northern United association premierships in the past five years.

“We’ll miss the social aspects, the community coming together, but it was time to pull up stumps,” Brown said.

Meanwhile, Upper Loddon association delegates met on Monday night.

All six clubs - Arnold, Kingower, Bridgewater, Boort Yando, Newbridge and Wedderburn Band - indicated they planned to have senior and junior sides for the new season.

Sam Harrison stepped down as president after two years in the position and Wendy Murphy was voted in as the new president - the first woman to hold this position in the Upper Loddon.

Secretary Michael Rose said the association aimed to start the season on November 13, depending on the level of State Government restrictions connected with double vaccination required at that time,

Michael said all senior matches will be one-day matches.

There wll be mathes scheduled on Christmas day or New Year’s day.

Delegates voted in to have an extra day scheduled in case no play is possible on grand final day.

This year’s deciding match was abandoned when heavy rain fell on the final between Bridgewater and Wedderburn with the premiership awarded to Bridgewater who had finished on top of the ladder.

The Upper Loddon association draw will be released next month.

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