Membership Update

02 Oct 2014

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2014-15 Member Drive

The ACA finished last year with more than 1,200 members, with many more past players coming on board. Just as we believe we will deliver a program that makes a difference to your lives, we’re continuing to strive to grow our membership in 2014-15 so we can improve the array of benefits for past players even further.

All members will receive their membership pack next month. As always, we encourage you to continue to highlight the benefits of ACA membership to those who are eligible but currently not a member. If you require any further information about ACA Membership and the growing range of benefits it provides, please contact Graham Manou at the ACA on 03 9698 7200 or at

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2014-15 Member Functions

One of our key offerings continues to be the Member Function that we hold in each state.
Traditionally, a luncheon is held in each state for ACA members, in conjunction with the State Association, at either the Test match or other suitable match on the calendar. The following functions are available to ACA members:

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All members will receive further information on how to book their place at any function in the coming weeks. Until then, pencil in the dates in your diary ahead of what should be a fantastic summer of cricket.


Lewis Cooper handed Queensland Cricket Association Life Membership

Long-serving volunteer and former Queensland Bull Lewis Cooper has been recognised for his contribution to the Queensland Cricket Association (QCA) by being handed Life Membership.

Cooper was recognised at the QAM Annual General Meeting after serving the QCA is a range of rolls since his debut for the Bulls in 1958.

Cooper, 77, has spent the better part of his life involved with cricket, as a player, administrator, manager, businessman and volunteer.

A wicket-keeper who played 34 Sheffield Shield matches for Queensland between 1958 and 1968, he has filled a myriad of roles, both honorary and paid, throughout cricket and sport in general.

Originally a teacher, he cut his teeth in volunteer administration as President of the Queensland Primary Schools Cricket where he successfully created and funded the first State-wide carnival.

Appointed to the dual role of secretary of the Queensland Cricket Association and Brisbane Cricket Ground Trust in 1969 after a broken thumb forced his retirement from cricket, he soon found himself filling a third role at the Gabba when he was asked to “temporarily” take on the job as secretary/manager of the Queensland Cricketers’ Club.

He successfully managed the three roles for several years before taking on the secretary/manager role of the QCC full-time, a responsibility that saw the Club become the highest membership-based club in the State and a landmark venue in the 1970s and 1980s in Brisbane.

A close associate of former Lord Mayor and leading administrator and philanthropist, the late Clem Jones, Cooper has been heavily involved in his later years as a volunteer with the Wanderers Club (Qld) and the Lord’s Taverners Queensland, with both organisations delivering healthy returns to charity, under-privileged children and the grassroots of the game.

He is President of the Wanderers and Chairman of the Taverners, as well as being the Patron of the Queensland Over 60s competition.

Cooper has been responsible for organising the annual Wanderers tours of regional areas of Queensland and NSW since 1976, with this year’s event recently visiting Bowen, Home Hill, Charters Towers, Blackwater and Taroom, playing matches and conducting coaching sessions.

Chairman Jim Holding said Cooper’s elevation to Life Membership was both timely and appropriate ahead of Australian Cricket’s annual Volunteer Recognition Day next month on Thursday 2nd October.

“I knew this meant a great deal to Lew when I rang him to let him know of our plans, as it was the first time I had ever heard him genuinely lost for words,’’ Holding said.

“But it is an honour that is richly deserved. He has been a driving force behind countless community focussed events and initiatives – roles that he has filled passionately for more than 35 years and continues to embrace,’’ he said.

“Cricket thrives because of people like Lew and his contribution to our game has been nothing short of enormous.”

Cooper admitted to the delegates that he had indeed been bowled over by the honour.

“Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought that Queensland Cricket would award me a Life Membership,’’ he told tonight’s meeting. “The call from Jim blew me away and I must have been quiet for a bit. I feel very honoured and privileged to be singled out for something like this.”

“I have been very fortunate to have been involved with some wonderful people and also to have an understanding family who I thank for putting up with me over the years. I’ve enjoyed it,” Cooper said.

Tonight’s AGM returned chairman Holding and Directors Tom Frankling and Kerren Smith to the Board, which will soon take on a new look.

Holding said that as decided at July’s Extra-ordinary General Meeting held to address matters of corporate governance, the appointment of three independent directors to join the six elected directors on the Queensland board would take place in the near future.

Tonight’s meeting also featured the retirement of long-serving Director Gary Madsen.

A Board Member since 1991, Madsen did not nominate for re-election, informing the delegate body in his farewell speech that intends to stay involved with the game as an Over-70s player and volunteer curator at the Tewantin-Noosa Cricket Club.

The meeting heard from Chief Executive Officer Geoff Cockerill that the Consolidated Comprehensive Revenue for 2013-14 was a profit of $4,777,717 (over a 13 month period due to a change in financial year end).

Cockerill noted in the Annual Report that while it was a notable turnaround from 2012-13’s loss, the result needed to be looked at in context.

He pointed out that a number of elements had driven the result, including last year’s minimum guarantee from Cricket Australia as it assumed responsibility for International Cricket around the country in an Ashes year; the Brisbane Heat attending the Champions League T20 in India, an excellent return from the Heat crowds in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, corporate facilities income from the Ashes and a focused and disciplined job in managing costs and meeting budgets.

“We are heading in the right direction although we are still a number of years away from achieving our goal of financial freedom,’’ he said.

“Under the new minimum guarantee funding agreement with CA, Queensland Cricket now finds itself with greater surety through a secured revenue source, further reducing the season to season risk that previously was assumed by QC.

“Having such funding security allows us to better focus on achieving our key goals, and allows for more strategic budgeting in the short, medium and long-term.

“Couple that with the commitment of our volunteer base and it enables us to go forward with confidence as we strive to make cricket Australia’s favourite sport in Australia’s favourite State,’’ he said.

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Matthew Mott goes Irish

Former Queensland and Victorian batsman Matthew Mott has been appointed assisant coach of the Irish national coaching team and joined the squad for their tour of Australia and New Zealand on Monday.

Mott will stay with the squad until 21 October and then will rejoin them in late Febuary for the World Cup.

The 40-year-old, who has previously been the head coach at Glamorgan and New South Wales, joins Irish head coach Phil Simmons and the newly appointed fielding coach, Carl Hopkinson.

Ireland Australian and New Zealand Tour Fixtures:

30th September: Ireland v The Bulls, Kerrydale Oval , Gold Coast
2nd October: Ireland v The Bulls, Redlands Oval, Brisbane
7th October: Ireland v NSW 2XI, ManukaOval, Canberra
9th October: Ireland v NSW 2XI, ManukaOval, Canberra
16th October: Ireland v Northern Districts, Seddon Park, Hamilton
18th October: Ireland v New Zealand XI, Seddon Park, Hamilton
21st October, Ireland v Canterbury, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch, 10.30am
23rd Oct, Ireland v Otago, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch, 10.00am 

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Vale Lorna Thomas MBE

Former New South Wales cricketer and Australian Team Manager Lorna Thomas MBE has passed away at the age of 96.

In the 1920s Thomas began playing cricket at the age of eleven before joining district club Annandale, which led to her selection for NSW in 1937.

A representative cricketer for ten years, Thomas played for NSW against New Zealand in 1946 and for a joint NSW and Australia XI against England in 1948, before retiring from the game in the late 1950s.

She then became president of the then Australian Women's Cricket Council, where she became a life member.

Known as affectionately 'Auntie Lorna' to many, she became the Team Manager of the Australian women's cricket team in 1960, going on to manage five international teams including four overseas tours.

She retired from her position as manager of the NSW and Australian teams in 1978, before being awarded an MBE for services to cricket and was made a life member of Women's Cricket Australia.

The annual Cricket NSW Women’s City vs Country series is named in honour of Thomas.