Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Victoria Cricket

Hi Robert

I'm looking for some help and found your contact info on the web- site. Ordinarily I would have just rung up David Billingham whom I know from my field hockey days, but have had trouble reaching him.

I'm with the Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club downtown in Cridge Park, behind the Crystal Gardens. I joined up earlier this spring when the City announced plans to redevelop the site for a satellite art gallery. I thought it was a boneheaded move and offered to help the old timers out.

Evidently a lot of other people felt the same way.... and about 60 more have now signed on. The Club has been rejuvenated and everyone is determined to stay and put up a fight.

The City felt the property was too valuable for simple recreational park space and have suggested that they will not renew the lease this fall after 78 years of good stewardship. Instead they have suggested that the membership disband and disperse to other Clubs. As a long time Club man and field user I find this alarming.... and have started contacting other field users for support.

The only sin these people are guilty of was occupying a prime site coveted by another group. They have not be offered an alternative site to keep their program of 85 years intact. I think this notion should alarm other field user groups, such as cricket, who book space with the City based on historical tenure and whom organize within a Club structure.

We have worked with other community groups to draft a plan we think is more in keeping with the present and future needs of the emerging high density neighbourhood surrounding Cridge Park. This was presented to Council last month. They are trying their best to ignore it. We have now decided to ramp things up and are hosting a meeting this Thursday evening at 7:30 in our Belleville Street Clubhouse of a broad range of community groups , including historical societies, land conservancies, strata councils, and sports organizations. I've offered to contact other sports Clubs hoping that together we can re- emphasize the value of historic athletic institutions to this community. I know you guys have your big tournament on all week and might be stretched a little thin... but I was wondering if there might be someone within your organization prepared interested in attending?

Please feel free to contact me at 250-384-5499 should you have any questions

Thanks, Lorne Carnes

Friday, August 01, 2008

Victoria Cricket

Victoria International Six-A-Side (VISAS) Cricket Festival
August 1st to 9th, 2008
The Victoria International Six-A-Side Cricket Festival takes place at Beacon Hill Park in Victoria and Windsor Park in Oak Bay from August 1st to 9th, 2008. The festival, known as VISAS, has been held every second year since 1986 and welcomes teams from around the world to compete in a shortened, fast-paced version of cricket. Traditional cricket is played by teams of 11 players and a match can take anywhere from a few hours to five days to complete. Six-a-side cricket is a modified version of the game (similar perhaps to three-on-three basketball or seven-a-side rugby) which uses fewer players, takes less time and produces a lot of spectacular action.
This year's VISAS cricket festival includes teams from Australia, England, Isle of Man, New Zealand, Italy and the USA (Dallas and Los Angeles) along with five British Columbia entries: Islanders, Trenton Financial, Local Kitchen, Moloney Painting Wanderers and the Sticky Wicket. These teams will compete in two pools with five games a day being played at Beacon Hill Park and Windsor Park between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm. Round-robin tournament play is scheduled for August 2, 3, 4 and 6, with the playoff rounds taking place on August 8 and 9th. Admission is free and there is plenty of room around the park for excellent viewing of the action. Food and refreshments will also be available on all game days.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, August 1st
5:00 pm: Opening Ceremony and Social at Beacon Hill Park
Saturday, August 2nd
10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Cricket matches at Beacon Hill Park and Windsor Park.
Sunday, August 3rd
10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Cricket matches at Beacon Hill Park and Windsor Park.
6:30: Sticky Wicket Rooftop Barbeque http://www.strathconahotel.com/roofsand_.html
BBQ Ticket: $25.
Monday, August 4th
10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Cricket matches at Beacon Hill Park and Windsor Park.
Tuesday, August 5th
12:00 pm - VISAS Golf Tournament and Dinner at Cedar Hill Golf Course; or Cowichan Valley Wine Tour (11:00 am)
Wednesday, August 6th
10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Cricket matches at Beacon Hill Park and Windsor Park.
Thursday, August 7th
Free Day for All Teams
Cowichan Valley Wine Tour available - $80
Friday, August 8th
10:00 am - 5:30 pm: Championship and Plate Competition Playoffs at Beacon Hill Park and Windsor Park.
Saturday, August 9th
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Semi-finals and final of Main competition, and Final of Plate competition all at Beacon Hill Park.
6:30: Closing Banquet and Dance at the Victoria Union Club www.unionclub.com. Banquet Ticket: $60