Thanks for the update mate.Club cricket update... as mentioned earlier the Southern Districts/Adelaide merger appears to have fallen over.
However now about 8 or 9 of Southern Districts' board members have resigned, including their president. I guess an untenable situation once the members voted against their recommendation to merge. I think that's the whole board.
Will be interesting to see if they have enough interested parties willing to put the time in to turn the club around. It's one thing to turn up and vote at a meeting and vent on Facebook, quite another to invest the required hours at the coal face.
Often for clubs in this situation there is a bit of a tremor through the playing group - either players deciding to leave rather than ride it out (rats jumping off a sinking ship) or other clubs targeting their players, sensing easy prey.
They've had international Carl Hooper coaching them who I'm sure is a very good coach but I doubt has deep community relations in the area or long term relationships with the players to keep things together through this.
SACA may get their reduced number of clubs after all.
If the Redbacks go through the season without a win in either format then you'd think this would strengthen SACA's case to amend the constitution and allow them the power to reduce the number of grade clubs. Would SACA members really vote against it again? I think we've won 9 wooden spoons in the 12 years since the proposal was voted against last time.
I can't say that I am surprised. Were the Southern Districts members asked if they would rather fold than merge?
If Southern Districts did fold, would it be reasonable to assume that Glenelg would take over their zone for junior development?
Also, on the last question of the SACA members voting against amending the constitution and give them the power to reduce the number of grade clubs, I would be stunned if the members voted for it, as much as it appears to be necessary. I am rather cynical about how much they care about the on field performance of the team, or the development of players in this state. I am not even sure that the SACA would present such a case in the first place.