FOLLOWING 60-years on the Eastern Shore, St Aidans Cricket Club has finally found a place to call home after relocating to its brand new clubrooms at Cambridge Oval.
The change of home base has enabled the club to forge ahead in its 60th year with a newly renovated bar, canteen and change room facilities.
St Aidans Cricket Club life member Mark Kreune said the club had been looking for a new “home base” for quite some time.
“When the opportunity arose at Cambridge Oval, it was simply too good to pass up,” he said.
“A lot of hard work and long nights went into ensuring the clubrooms were ready for the current season, as we took over a very outdated facility at Cambridge Oval.
“The boys did a fantastic job painting and renovating – at a large cost to the club – to make the rooms both inviting and comfortable for the start of the 2015/16 season.
“It has already had a great response from both players and the community and it’s such a good feeling to finally find a place to call home.”
Founded by Barry Burgess in 1956, St Aidans is now one of only two church clubs left in Tasmania.
Mr Kreune said the new clubrooms were the “icing on the cake” for the club, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
“St Aidans has such a rich history in the area and we are very well known to the Eastern Shore community,” he said.
“Sixty-years has seen a lot of terrific players and personalities come and go and for a club to survive for that long is really a great achievement.”
Mr Kreune said the club’s most significant achievement was winning the statewide 20/20 competition in March 2012.
“We are the only club outside the Tasmanian Cricket Association to do so,” he said.
“In its 60-years, the club has also won 10 A-Grade premierships and three lower grade premierships.
“Presently, the club fields three sides in the Southern Cricket Association competition and our A-Grade team are flying high this season with hopes of winning the premiership to cap off our 60th anniversary.”
To celebrate the anniversary milestone, St Aidans Cricket Club will be holding a gala dinner at New Town Bay Rowing Function Centre on Saturday 9 April, with more than 150 people expected to attend.
The dinner will be hosted by ABC news presenter Peter Gee and will include a number of guest speakers, including former St Aidans player and AFL legend Gary Baker and former Tasmanian Tigers player and current chairman of selectors Michael Farrell.
“It’s a time to celebrate, commemorate and rejoice in 60-years of camaraderie and cricket,” Mr Kreune said.
For more information about St Aidans Cricket Club, contact Mark Kreune on 0418 126 559.