No sooner have we got the kids back into school, when the Easter holiday beckons, generally signaling the end of the sporting League season and the start of the Lawn Bowls Summer League.
Those teams approaching Play offs and Cup-runs, we wish you the very best of luck. To those whose endeavours have been less successful, we look forward to your success next season. We say goodbye to MCC Young Cricketer, Gareth Harte, on his return to the UK. Gareth joined the Club in October 2016 and has contributed much as both a coach and player during his spell in Hong Kong. He is hoping to join Durham CC and we wish him all the best in his endeavours.
I am pleased to announce that MCC Young Cricketer, Ryan Buckley, has been offered a full time coaching position with the Club to fill the void left by the departure of Scott Mckechnie last month. During his time at the Club, Ryan has made a very positive impact on Members, staff and coaches and will be returning to the Club, post summer, to take up his permanent role in charge of the Gappers' Programme.
The extended version of the 2016/2017 Gappers season has now ended. A huge thank you to all the volunteers and coaches who have given so much to the Programme to help our youngsters, develop. Thank you to Westpac, our Gappers' sponsor, for the past 4 years, whose support for the programme has been fundamental to its success.
In order to further develop our Junior Cricket programme, this month we will be sending our Elite under 15's boys to play in Mumbai, India. Good luck to you all.
This month we also say goodbye to Hong Kong Cricket 'Legend', Mr. Mike Walsh. With over 38 years of commitment to the game in Hong Kong, Mike has been Captain of Nomads and Wanderers, HKCC Captain of Cricket, International Player,Chairman of Selectors, Chairman of Umpires and twice Chairman of Hong Kong Cricket Association. After serving his 38 year exile in Hong Kong, Lancashire has finally agreed to his return, however, with conditions!
We welcome our golfers back from a successful tour of Queenstown, New Zealand, as well as our Hockey section from a recent tour of Singapore.
With the rugby season behind us, I would like to extend our thanks to Kevin West, our Premier team stand-in coach, following the departure of Deacon Manu. Kevin has since returned to his full time coaching commitments. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish those HKCC Rugby Members who are representing Hong Kong in the upcoming Rugby 7's, the very best of luck. Needless to say, Hong Kong’s partisan fans will be with you all the way.
Forthcoming Club events
On 26th April, in conjunction with The Road to Wimbledon, the Club will be hosting an exhibition match between the Ambassador of the Road to Wimbledon, Tim Henman, and a top local player. We will also run a clinic for Juniors, aged 10 to 14 years, with the Head Coach of the All England Club, Dan Bloxham, and our own coaches. Please come and support this one-off event.
This year, as well as the regular Sections' Sports Day, our Social and Events Committee will be introducing a brand new Club event in June to provide an opportunity for Members who are not currently involved in Club teams to experience the 7 Club core sports, whilst also meeting Convenors, team players and coaches. Event details will be released soon, so please sign up.
Following annual maintenance and upgrades, the Poolside facility has now reopened. Members are reminded to familiarize themselves with Club By-Law 30, Swimming Pool Complex. On Sunday 16th April, join the Easter Bunny at the Poolside Easter mini-carnival, including buffet lunch, Easter egg hunt, painting and other activities.
Please also note, we will be holding the Easter Sports Camp and Easter Tennis Camps for kids as well as introducing the brand new HKRoots Easter programe for teenagers, developed and run by Chris Funnell.
Towards the end of April, we welcome back our most popular summer activity, the Family Poolside BBQ with giant inflatables for the kids. As the Club is yet to invest in a mechanical pump, Parents are reminded to arrive early to help blow up the inflatables so as not to disappoint the kids.
Please also be reminded that Sunday 30th April sees the running of the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Shatin Race Course. The Club is offering Buy-2- Get-1-Free Catering Packages for its private box at Shatin!
I am pleased to report that the MasterPlan project is moving forward. Pile testing has been completed and receipt of the next stage of statutory permits pending. Excavation works are underway to prepare for the building of the Pile Caps. Once complete, the construction of the superstructure will commence.
Annual General Meeting
In accordance with Article 54(a), nominations for the election of the Chairman and Members of the General Committee of The Hong Kong Cricket Club for the year beginning from the close of the Annual General Meeting on Monday 5th June 2017, are now called for.
Letters calling for nominations have been distributed by post as well as posted on the website and Club Noticeboard.
Please note, the closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday 5th May 2017.