In response to a formal request submitted by Greenvale Kangaroos Cricket Club President Mr. Bruce Kent requesting his club relinquish their position within Senior Division for the upcoming season due to a significant number of player departures, the VTCA offered the opportunity for last season's relegated Senior Division side, Tullamarine as well as all 10 of last season's North / West Division sides to put together a formal proposal to nominate to move up to Senior Division in Greenvale's place. Recently promoted premiership side Westmeadows, also approached the association requesting the opportunity to present a proposal, which they then did.
In response the Board received very professional and well compiled submissions from three clubs who were extremely keen to accept the position within the higher grade and test themselves at the top level. All three clubs presented very good cases for admission and the decision was a difficult one for the board to finalize.
After detailed and careful consideration the VTCA Board of Management are pleased to announce St. Albans Cricket Club will immediately be moved up to the Turner Shield - Senior Division to replace Greenvale Kangaroos, while Greenvale will now move down to the Howarth Shield - Division 1 West.
Whilst it is regrettable that Greenvale waited until such a late stage to make this request, it is also most encouraging to see that clubs were still very keen to pursue a position in the highest grade and were confident of immediately being competitive.
I most sincerely thank the St. Albans, Aberfeldie and Westmeadows cricket clubs for their detailed submissions and the VTCA Board of Management applauds the professional and dignified manner with which each of your clubs conducted yourselves throughout the selection process.
St Albans President Michael Else thanked the VTCA for "this exciting opportunity and we look forward to mixing it with the best clubs in the competition and we expect to be very competitive".
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