With around 100 Members in attendance at the WACA Ground it was announced that former WACA CEO, Graeme Wood, was elected to the Board, while Michael Veletta was re-elected to the Board for a third term.
Members, the WACA Board and staff paid homage to Mr John Rutherford and Mr Marcus North, who were awarded Honorary Life Membership.
John Rutherford was the first Western Australian player to be selected for a major tour (to England, India and Pakistan in 1956) and the first WA player to be capped as an Australian Test player while playing as a WA player. After a playing career that spanned nearly a decade, Rutherford spent many years coaching juniors, especially in his profession as a schoolteacher.
Marcus North was the first WA player to score a century in his Test debut, going on to play 21 international matches and notch up five centuries in the process. He captained WA in 40 first-class matches and was the inaugural Perth Scorchers skipper. North is now the Director of Cricket at Durham CC in the UK.
Ken Michael made his final address, thanking the Board, Staff, Players, volunteers and Members. He spoke to the changes seen at the WACA under his leadership, from the move to Optus Stadium and driving a sustainable future for the WACA Ground. The success of the WA High Performance program and Premier Cricket competition, and the ongoing work around the Community Cricket framework that continues to drive participation.
CEO Christina Matthews gave thanks to the outgoing Chair and welcomed in Terry Waldron. She thanked Members for their on ongoing support for the past 12 months and thanked former General Managers Richard Marshall and Ben Oliver for their contribution to the WACA. Ms Matthews highlighted the WACA’s success during the year;
- WA rated the No. 1 High Performance Program in the country for both the men’s and women’s programs.
- WA ranked the No. 1 Premier Cricket competition in the country.
- 11 West Australians were selected in Australian Teams.
- Perth Scorchers had the highest average attendance across the League for both women’s and men’s matches.
- The second highest Test Match attendance in Perth, outside of an Ashes, for the Test against India.
- Community Cricket recorded strong growth in women and girls, and people with a disability playing cricket.
The Members heard from WA Head Coaches Lisa Keightley and Adam Voges, previewing the 2019-20 season for the State Teams and the Perth Scorchers. Both teams have started their domestic season strong, both undefeated after two games, a promising start to summer. Keightley spoke of the extended WNCL season and the breakaway WBBL season representing the growth of the women’s game. Voges discussed his excitement around some of the young stars of the team getting the opportunity this season to prove themselves.
26 September 2019