Corowa to weigh up cricket options with vote

THE Corowa Cricket Club is eyeing a switch to Cricket Albury-Wodonga next season.

With the Roos finding it increasingly difficult to manage travel since Benalla and District clubs joined the Wangaratta and District association in 2015-16, members will vote on a move on Wednesday night.

If successful, Corowa would apply to join the district competition with a view to being promoted to provincial in the future.

SMASH HIT: Corowa officials Mark Tidd, Shane Norman and Paul Lavis
in the club's new cricket nets. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

SMASH HIT: Corowa officials Mark Tidd, Shane Norman and Paul Lavis in the club's new cricket nets. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Club president Mark Tidd said it was a difficult decision.

“It’s a big call to make,” Tidd said.

“Travel is a big thing at the moment and we don’t want to sit on our hands and not doing anything.

“We want to make the right decision for our juniors in particular.”

About 50 members are expected to vote with a majority needed for the switch to go ahead.

Corowa had a situation last season where three under-16s had to play at Mansfield in the morning and didn’t make it back in time for the start of B grade play at Corowa in the afternoon.

The club has A, B and C grade sides as well as two under-14 and 16 line-ups.

“We presently have four good juniors playing in Albury and a lot of our juniors are going to school up there these days,” he said.

“There are a lot of things to consider.

“The travel between Wangaratta and District and CAW district competitions are fairly similar at the moment but if all went to plan we would be able to strengthen our A grade up and then hopefully move into provincial down the track.”

Corowa, who joined Wangaratta and District in 1985-86, play at Ball Park and recently received a $50,000 grant from Federation Council to upgrade facilities.

The club will meet with the WDCA executive on Monday night.

CAW chairman Michael Erdeljac said he would welcome Corowa to the competition.

“It makes sense to me,” Erdeljac said.

“They are a NSW club playing in a Victorian-based competition so I think they would fit into CAW well.

“Corowa has good junior numbers too.

“We will wait and see how the vote goes and take it from there.”

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