BEST HE’S SEEN: Ballina Bears players go up for the final wicket in last season’s grand final against Casino at Fripp Oval, Ballina, the game local cricket official Dave Hutchinson rates as the best he’s seen.
BEST HE’S SEEN: Ballina Bears players go up for the final wicket in last season’s grand final against Casino at Fripp Oval, Ballina, the game local cricket official Dave Hutchinson rates as the best he’s seen. Brenden Allen

Hands up for new president

HE'S either a glutton for punishment, or the most selfless sports administrator on the Far North Coast.

Twice this year, Dave Hutchinson has put his hand up to volunteer for positions nobody else wanted.

Hutchinson has taken over from Brett Crawford as the president of cricket's LJ Hooker League and filled the same role at the Ballina soccer club earlier in the season before relinquishing the position due to time constraints.

Hutchinson has been the president of the Ballina Bears cricket team for the past five years, and treasurer of the LJ Hooker League for the past two.

He said he couldn't look the other way when office bearers were being sought at the league's annual general meeting which was held recently.

“I don't believe in sitting on the fence and doing nothing,” he said.

“If nobody puts their hand up, nothing happens and the system doesn't work.

“People don't have spare time anymore and when they do, they want to do something that is enjoyable.

“I enjoy being part of cricket.”

New look

IT will be a new-look LJ Hooker League that gets underway on October 10 with greater credence given to the one-day format.

While points from the one-day games will continue to count towards the overall premiership race, there will be separate finals series played in the shorter form of the game.

“We haven't spoken to Lismore Council about it yet, but we'd like to play the semi-finals and final at Oakes Oval under lights,” Hutchinson said.

“One-day games would count towards a one-day cup, so to speak.”

There are also plans underway to hold a Twenty20 competition in Ballina on Australia Day.

The league hopes to raise money for charity at the event and attract sponsors in order to offer the teams prizemoney.

“We plan to hold it just after Christmas, in the middle of a group of one-day games so it won't conflict so much,” Hutchinson said.

And while he is supposed to be more impartial in his new position as president of the LJ Hooker League, he still plans to barrack for his beloved Bears.

Hutchinson rates Ballina's last-gasp grand final win against the Casino Cavaliers earlier this year as the best game of cricket he has watched.

“And I've watched a lot of cricket both on and off the TV,” he said.

In the mean-time, Hutchinson is still seeking a person to fill the role of secretary.

If anyone is willing to put their hand up, then call 0428-864189.



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