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O50's get the green light!

The Over 50's Veterans Cricket Australia Committee has officially given the green light last tonight at their monthly meeting with the O50's Veterans Cricket Australia Championships proceeding in Adelaide from the 20th – 24th February 2022.

The South Australian Veterans Cricket Association (SAVCA) and the VCA Board are pleased to finally showcase both the O50's Championships & the first-class facilities on offer in Adelaide to all the participating states and the visiting New Zealand Teams.

There are still a few concerns around the new Omicron variant and also both state & International border restrictions. Still, the organising committee is confident we will get the all-clear to proceed in February 2022.

A record number of 40 Teams have registered from all over Australia, plus two teams from New Zealand for the February Championships scheduled for Adelaide.

National Championship Director Anthony Telfer said, "While this has been a difficult two years planning the Championships with all the restrictions in place, we are extremely excited to get the green light to finally play some cricket."

"I have received 100's of messages of support from players all around Australia wanting to know if we will play in February. There will be many waking up today who will be delighted with this decision." Telfer commented.

"We all just want to come together in Adelaide, play some cricket, and catch up with mates we have not seen in two years."

The SAVCA Organising Committee has confirmed several functions at The Adelaide Oval with the Meet & Greet confirmed in the shadows of the Old Scoreboard, a Star-Studded Sportsman night on Monday night, and the Presentation Dinner on Thursday in the Magarey Room to wind up the Championships.

A former Australian Test cricketer has been appointed as the Ambassador & Master of Ceremonies and will be announced over the next week.

Then on Saturday 26th February, following the week's competition, a T20 charity game will be played at the famous Chateau Tanunda cricket ground in the Barossa Valley, less than 1 hour from the CBD. Organisers hope to secure some former internationals to participate in this event and O50's players from each state.

Twenty-five cricket clubs will be providing the best wickets, ovals & club facilities for all the visiting teams. The committee has received tremendous support from both the South Australian Cricket Association & the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association to secure these grounds.

"Businesses have been doing it tough in South Australia over the past 18 months, and we have developed some brilliant partnerships with local South Australian companies. The influx of teams players & supporters, nearly 600 in total, will ensure our sponsors will see a return on their investment during February, ensuring a strong partnership will continue well beyond February 2022". Telfer said.

"We have had tremendous support from the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority and the South Australian Cricket Association in the lead-up. There will be some major announcements over the next few weeks concerning The Adelaide Oval." Telfer added.

As all roads lead to Adelaide in February 2022, please ensure you all have an enjoyable Xmas – New Year Break with family and friends, and we look forward to welcoming you all to Adelaide.

For further information please contact Anthony Telfer, O50’s Championship Director 2022

0419 359 618

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