HISTORY OF THE KOORINGAL COLTS CRICKET CLUB
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In 1983 Rob MacCallum started coordinating teams for a Year 7 Cricket competition in Wagga for kids who were either too inexperienced to play or were overlooked by other clubs and not given a fair go.
After a great deal of interest by many young and promising players, a letter was circulated by Rob MacCallum and Graham Gorrel. The letter invited interested parents to a meeting to decide if a new club should be formed to play and foster junior cricket and, if appropriate, to play at senior level. The letter was dated 27.2.1985.
The formation meeting and inaugural meeting of Kooringal Colts Cricket Club (KCCC) was held on 20.3.1985 at the Kooringal Public School where, among other things, the club’s name and colours were voted on and accepted. The name was adapted from training at the Kooringal Primary School nets in “Kooringal” and all the players were young men or young “Colts”.
In the 1985/86 season the club fielded sides in Under 14’s, Under 16’s (2 teams) and our first senior team, a 5th Grade side where the entire team was made up of Under 16’s players, except for the captain, Peter Gerty. We finished runner-up to an experienced Leagues club team.
The club’s total revenue in that first season was $4,011.28.
In 1986/87 the club grew further with two U14 teams, two U16 teams, a 5th Grade and a 3rd Grade team.
During the early years, Kooringal Colts were coached by Rob and Graham.
In 1987/88 the club appointed Warren Smith as coach and fielded 7 teams –
2 x U14, 2 x U16, 5th, 3rd and 2nd Grade.
The club reached the finals in 5 of 6 divisions contested.
The U16’s won the club’s first premiership, while 2nd Grade finished runner-up and 3rd Grade finished 3rd.
The club moved a motion to the Wagga Wagga District Cricket Association (WWDCA) that the competition should consist of two-day matches for the following season.
In the 1988/89 season the club’s momentum continued on its winning way with a premiership in 2nd Grade.
In 1989/90 KCCC entered 1st Grade for the first time, as well as 2nd ,3rd and 5th Grades and of course U14 and U16’s. The club also fielded a ladies’ team in U16’s.
The first 11 “First Graders” for the club were:
Roger Gorrell (Captain), Ian Daines, David Benn, Scott Harper, Neil Ward, Cameron McIntosh, David Wurtz, Micheal Betts, Colin Lynch, Daryl Cruse and R Reid. We finished second last with 121 points.
Our first first grade victory was against an experienced South Wagga side in the second game we played that year. Colts finished 6-170 and bowled out South Wagga for 155.
The cost of running the club was $11,595.88
In 1990/91 Rob and Maree MacCallum were made the first life members of the club.
1991/92 was a year that should have seen the club’s greatest celebrations with our first 1st Grade premiership and first club championship, the fulfillment of the vision of Rob MacCallum. Tragically, it was the year he passed away. We also lost our first player, a fine young man named Michael Porch.
This time is arguably also the pinnacle of our junior success with our 2 U16 teams playing off for the premiership and the U14’s experiencing much success.
1992/93 – against a background of solid junior performance the senior grades had an off year and the season heralded the end of the terms of Graham Gorrel as President and Warren Smith coach. The ongoing success of the club owes much to these two men.
1993/94 – as one era closed another one started. This season saw the club begin a run of 7 successive 1st Grade premierships under the coaching guidance of Neville Jolliffe and the presidency of Dugald McWilliams.
During the 90’s the club has had good success on the field with several lower grade premierships to go with the tremendous 1st Grade success.
Presidents came and went with D McWilliams (2), P McInerney (2), A Turner, E Croker, D Tooth and P McInerney (2).
Graham & Jenny Gorrel, John & Ros Read, and Peter Baker were all recognized with life memberships and were joined in 2001 by Neville & Jodi Jolliffe.
During this period the club also won WDCA Club Championships in 1991/92, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2002/2003 and 2003/2004.