The Over 50's Veterans Cricket Australia Committee has made the difficult decision to reschedule the 2022 O50's National Championships due to be held in February 2022, for the third time to a date in November 2022.
The South Australian Veterans Cricket Association (SAVCA) agrees the deferral of the event is in the best interest of public health and safety for players and our business partners due to the latest Omicron outbreak not only in Australia but around the World.
The decision reflects those conditions applicable to hosting significant events where interstate & international travel is required have been considered for all our participating teams. Whilst visiting teams can still travel to Adelaide to compete, the risk of players coming to Adelaide and either testing positive or coming into close contact with COVID, would jeopardise the competition and in particular the unique experience participating in an Over 50’s cricket carnival brings.
“A record number of 44 teams had registered from all over Australia, including two teams from New Zealand for the February championships. Due to the current interstate and international border restrictions, the organising committee could not be guaranteed that a successful, 'all encompassing' National Championships could take place.” O50’s Championship Director, Anthony Telfer said. O50’s Championship Director, Anthony Telfer advised, “While it's disappointing to delay the championship once again, we need to consider the impacts we face by holding the event, but we also need to be mindful of the player’s health & safety. Rescheduling of the event is incredibly disappointing as the profile of the event has never been higher with 44 teams, a record for the Veterans O50’s category.” In addition, the Adelaide Oval was confirmed for a ‘Meet & Greet’ under The Old Adelaide Oval Scoreboard, the Presentation dinner and one game was also scheduled to be played on the Adelaide Oval. This game was to be followed with a Sportsman’s night with 4-6 former International’s confirmed on the panel with a fun night expected.
Telfer added "We have had great support from the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) & the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association with thirty-five cricket clubs, committing the best turf wicket facilities in Adelaide. We will continue to work with all our partners to ensure the same high level of facilities will be available in November 2022."
"We also have had tremendous support from both the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA) and the SACA in the lead up. SAVCA will endeavour to once again work closely with Cricket Australia, AOSMA & SACA to ensure the Adelaide Oval will once again be available" Telfer added.
Both the VCA O50’s & SAVCA Board’s appreciate all the support they have received in making this decision. Please stay safe and focus on playing in your state competitions, and we look forward to seeing you all in Adelaide in November 2022.