Gala Evening Postponed
Date of Event Balwyn Cricket Club: Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:15PM

Dear All,



The Club continues to receive guidelines from VSDCA / Cricket Victoria in relation to COVID related issues. One of the revised recommendations recently received is as follows:



For the remainder of this season, clubs not to hold any indoor functions. If you have a social function planned, consider whether it can be held outdoors rather than an indoor function. The CV attachment outlines ‘Best Practice’ is to stay outdoors and ‘Good Practice’ spend less than 15 minutes indoors.



As you know, we have planned our Centenary Function on 19 February 2022, which was booked to be held in the Long Room at the MCG. The function would obviously be held indoors. We have reconsidered the viability of the Centenary Function given the revised guidelines from our cricketing governing bodies, and the COVID environment more generally.



The Club has decided to postpone the Centenary Function for the following reasons:


  1. The Club has fully complied, and will continue to fully comply, with the recommendations of VSDCA / Cricket Victoria, and holding an indoor function in February would not be in keeping with those recommendations.

  2. While acknowledging the uncertainty, we appear to be in a particularly acute phase of the pandemic for the next four to six weeks (this is the view that has been expressed to us by Cricket Victoria). We might hopefully expect that the Function might be held in better circumstances in the not-too distant future.

  3. The Club is now concerned by what attendance will be achieved at the Centenary Function. First, it is likely that there will be COVID cases and close contacts of COVID cases that will prevent attendance on the day. Second, there is a growing body of examples that even those with tickets to attend functions are making their own decisions to simply not attend. We want as many members of our community present as possible to make the function a success.

  4. We want a strong attendance at the Function from our playing group (in order to fill the tickets, but more importantly to give our current players a sense of the Club's history). If the function becomes a COVID super spreader event, it is possible that we will then have a significant number of unavailabilities for the following rounds. This detracts from the Club's core purpose which is to play games of cricket.


The Club has agreed with the MCG to postpone the Centenary Function to a convenient date, which is presently planned to be at the beginning of next cricket season (ie October / November 2022). We will provide further details when a date is finalised.



The Club acknowledges that some members have already purchase tickets to the Centenary Function, and that members had made plans for the evening. We regret that it is necessary to postpone the Function in those circumstances, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.



Those who have already purchased tickets have the option of "rolling over" their ticket to the postponed date, or (alternatively) a refund can be arranged. If you have purchased a ticket, and would like a refund, then please contact Jake Gordon or me.



Thanks for your understanding.


Kind regards



Patrick Tuohey

President, Balwyn Cricket Club



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