Ten Team First Grade Competition

Ten Team First Grade Competition2018-07-24T22:11:41+00:00

Following the rejection of a promotion/relegation proposal at the Annual Meeting, the Board promoted both Morpeth and EMU to the first division in the 1975-76 season, making a ten team competition in first grade.

The move had an adverse effect on the second division as there were insufficient entries to conduct an A grade competition. Four new clubs to enter teams in Band C grades in second division were Tomago, Lemon Tree Passage, Woodberry RL and Rayoneers.

In a season marred by wet weather, Police Boys won the first grade minor premiership for the first time since its entry into first grade in 1964-65, following the amalgamation with Woodville. Their team was captained by Allan Elliott and included in its line-up Colin Elliott, Arnold Roberts, Warren Trappel, Wayne Trappel, Bogden Duma, Henry Zac, Jack Murray and John Skinner.

Black Hill Club also had its most successful season since entering first grade in 1958-59. It won the club championship for the first time and almost made a clean sweep of the finals in first division by winning first and second grade, and narrowly missing out to Northern District in third grade. Their first-grade team, captained by Trevor Holden, had a convincing win over Police Boys in the [mal to take out the club's first, first-grade major premiership. For Black Hill John Richards had a fine all-around performance scoring 74 and taking 8 wickets, while Arnold Roberts for Police Boys took 7 for 74.

In second division Branxton virtually "scooped the pool" by winning the club championship, and the Band C grade division 1 minor and major premierships. New club Rayoneers won the C grade division 2 minor and major premierships.

Rodney Lawrence (Raymond Terrace), the leading bowler in first grade with 51 wickets, was named first division Player of the Year. Martin Soper (Rayoneers), with 75 wickets and 393 runs, was second division Player of the Year.

In second grade division 1 Gerald Burgess, playing for Kurri Workers against Raymond Terrace at Masonite, took all 10 wickets in an innings for 45. Rick Manton (Lemon Tree Passage) scored three centuries in C grade division 2.

The Maitland Under 16 team was the only successful representative team, winning the CA Johnston trophy.

Peter and David Rawling, Trevor Holden, Ken Shine and Kevin Ellenor played in the Hunter Valley team against Randwick in the Rothmans Knockout competition. David Rawling also represented in a combined Council trial match for Combined Country selection.

Representative caps were presented to Ken Shine, Trevor Holden, John Fitzpatrick, John Richards, Barry Colledge, Kevin Ellenor and Peter Allen.

Rod Douglas was selected in the Emu Colts team to tour NZ.

Mark Evans (younger brother of Craig Evans) was chosen for the Country Boys Coaching Class.

Maitland Boys High School became the first country high school to win the Davidson Shield by defeating Forbes in the final of the Knockout competition, which was contested by 123 schools.

Three members of the Maitland Umpires Association - Neville Searl, Arthur Hassett and Cec Cox - gained their State umpires tickets.

A sad loss was the sudden death of Bill Campbell, shortly after his re-election for his 19th term as Treasurer of the Association. He had also been President of the Umpires Association since 1949 and Treasurer of the Hunter Valley Cricket Council and was a Life Member of all three organisations. To honour his memory a "Bill Campbell Memorial Shield" was donated to the Association by the Campbell family.

As part of the RED relief works, substantial improvements were carried out at Largs Oval, with levelling, fencing and a new amenities block.