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Is it stumps?

Friday, 18th February, 2011

* HERE’S HOPING: Eight-year-old Georgia Brook loves playing cricket, but may not get the chance this year if the season is cancelled. * HERE’S HOPING: Eight-year-old Georgia Brook loves playing cricket, but may not get the chance this year if the season is cancelled.

 

By John Casey

Broken Hill’s Primary Cricket Association is on the verge of collapsing leaving some 70 youngsters without a chance to play Australia’s favourite summer sport.

This weekend’s program, scheduled for the Picton Oval tomorrow, has already been  cancelled and organisers will have no choice but to abandon the entire 2011 season if they can not form an executive committee.

Primary Cricket Association (PCA) out-going president, Brett Cumming, said a meeting tomorrow would decide the sports fate.

“If we don’t get enough support from parents to form an executive then there will be no PCA and that could have major ramifications for cricket in Broken Hill,” Mr Cumming said.

“I would hate to see some young kids missing out on cricket because we couldn’t find enough parents to pitch in and down the track that might result in cricket not exisiting in Broken Hill.”

The PCA had to re-schedule its annual general meeting when only three people turned up last Saturday.

At the same time almost 70 children were registering for the competition.

Mr Cumming, who has given 13 years service to the PCA, urged anyone interested to attend the AGM at Norm Fox Oval tomorrow at 10am.

“Primary cricket simply won’t happen if we don’t get enough people involved,” Mr Cumming warned.

“I know everybody is busy, but if your kids are playing then you need to be involved.”

PCA Convenor, Corey Spiteri, said registrations would again be accepted tomorrow morning at Westside Plaza in the hope that the program would still get off the ground.

“Brett has done an outstanding job for more than a decade but his three boys are no longer involved and it is time for someone else to step up,” he said.

The PCA has a proud tradition in Broken Hill since it began in 1983 and just three years ago had 270 participants.

 

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