Merger for Yarra Valley cricket clubs

By Jed Lanyon

Warburton-Millgrove, Seville and Gruyere cricket clubs will merge to form the Seville Burras as Yarra Valley cricket continues to restructure since the YVCA amalgamated with the Ringwood and District Cricket Association.

“This is a significant moment in the history of cricket in the Yarra Valley, and it is our hope that we will not only consolidate our position but continue to evolve into a destination club,” a statement front the new club read.

“To players, parents, volunteers and supporters – each of Seville, Gruyere and Warburton-Millgrove will bring their rich histories and club ethos to guide a terrific season together as one.

“We welcome you all with open arms and can’t wait to begin our next chapter with new players, families and friends.”

The Seville Burras announced the appointment of Brendan Woods as senior coach for the 2020/21 season.

The newly formed Seville Burras committee unanimously voted Woods as coach, having been a life member of the Warburton-Millgrove Cricket club and featuring in their team of the century.

“The Seville Burras are very excited to have gained the services of such a highly credentialed and successful coach who will add enormously to our club’s culture and prospects for success.”

Gruyere Cricket Club president David Peel held fears of a merger taking place at the club as early as June.

“The club has been moving in a backward motion for sometime,” he said. “Unfortunately we are somewhat a victim of a time poor culture, a world that requires a younger person to work a six day week to achieve personal life goals and geographic location, noting the Yarra Valley is no longer a growth area for young families.

“The committee has recently met and unfortunately cannot foresee the club standing alone any further, we discussed our options and want to put to the members an amalgamation of our club with the Seville Cricket Club.”