Barry pulls stumps as junior president
Cooper has filled the role for10 years since taking over from Roger Boyd.
The LDJCA annual general meeting next Monday night will be the last in the chair for Cooper, whose oldest son Tom during those years made the transition from Lismore junior cricket to opening the batting for South Australia in the national one-day competition.
Another son, Ben, is a promising batsman for Marist Brothers in the FNC LJ Hooker League.
Barry Cooper’s initiatives in his years as president included the switch to playing Under-16s on Friday afternoons after school,a move that proved popular with players and parents.
The switch allowed the older juniors to play on Lismore’s turf wickets and also went a long way to overcoming the problem of young bowlers being restricted to how many overs they could bowl on
Saturdays when playing juniors in the morning and senior cricket in the afternoon.
The meeting on Monday night will be held at the Lismore Workers Club starting at 7pm. All clubs are expected to be represented.
Neil Hellyar has indicated he is willing to continue as LDJCA secretary and Steve Mackney as treasurer, switching sporting caps from soccer as he has done for many years, but this time following his first season as Football Far North Coast general manager.
Two Lismore District clubs are planning to run Milo ‘In 2 Cricket’ programs this summer.
The skills-based activities, with an emphasis on fun, are aimed at children aged five to eight and, for an hour or two one afternoon a week, they are a great introduction to the sport.
The programs will be run by Goonellabah Workers Sports and Clunes cricket clubs.
Inquiries to Neil Hellyar (Goonellabah) on 0417-572291 or John Drysdale (Clunes) on 66291276.