A total of 55 members paid homage to Mr Simon Katich and Mr Peter Silinger who both received Honorary Life Membership following their many years of dedication to cricket in Western Australia.
Katich represented WA between 1996 and 2001 where he scored 3.847 runs, which included 12 centuries, at an average of 39.9. The national selectors soon came calling and Katich went on to play 56 tests for Australia, scoring 4,188 runs including 10 centuries at an average of 45.03.
He finished his career with the Perth Scorchers during the club’s first three seasons in the KFC Big Bash League (BBL), culminating in their first title in BBL|03. His values and high integrity led the WACA to name the award for the Scorchers Player of the Year – the Simon Katich Medal.
“I’ve created so many great friendships and memories playing cricket in WA and to finish my career by winning a title with the Scorchers was absolutely amazing,” Katich said.
“To see the way the club has gone from strength to strength and the success they’ve had in recent seasons has been fantastic.
“It’s a huge honour to receive an honorary life membership, when I started my career I was just happy to be playing to be playing cricket for WA, but to look back on the career I’ve had and to be recognised by the WACA for that is incredible.”
Silinger has been involved with cricket as a player, coach, administrator and leader for more than 60 years. He began coaching junior cricket in the country in 1971. Over a very long career Silinger helped establish modified formats in the South West, organised and coached at carnivals and was a driving force behind the establishment of the Jack Birkenshaw Bunbury Cricket program in the 1980s.
“Getting that program up and running would have to be the highlight of my career, to see it grow and how important it was to the people in Bunbury and the South West was why I stayed involved for 20 years,” Silinger said.
“The Regional Junior Cricket Program was taken up by the WACA in 1987 which is fantastic.
“Murray Goodwin has to be the stand out player who came out of that program, he went on to represent WA and later Zimbabwe, and now his son is coming through the ranks which is brilliant.
“To be granted Honorary Life Membership by the WACA has been overwhelming. I’m extremely appreciative to the WACA and humbled by the honour.
“I’ve met so many wonderful people and I’ve been on such a great journey with the sport which I’ll cherish for a long time.”
Silinger joined the WA Country Cricket Board in 2001, which he chaired from 2004, before being elected to the WACA Board in 2007. While still Chair of the Country Cricket Board Silinger turned his focus and skills to female cricket, assuming the Chair of the Female Cricket Council in 2012. His strong administrative background along with his leadership and focus helped re-establish the council with a strong strategic agenda which saw the creation of several medals for female players, the first female team in the Australian Country Cricket Championships and the Development of the Female Pathway.
The Board also approved the transfer of the following WA Women’s Cricket Association Life Members to WACA Honorary Life Membership; Ms Penelope Mace and Ms Alice Warren.
Mr Tom Percy QC was elected as the Members’ Elected Director on the WACA Board for a period commencing at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of Members and concluding at the 2021 Annual General Meeting of Members.
WACA CEO Christina Matthews touched on the development of the WACA Ground, and how it will remain the home of cricket in WA.
“Upon securing the necessary funding, it is intended to develop the WACA Ground into a community and sporting hub with cricket at its heart,” Matthews said.
“With these changes it was important to re-assess the WACA’s balance sheet moving forward.
“It was decided by the Board and agreed by the auditors, to adjust the carrying value of Ground related assets, mainly the historical grandstands and light towers, so that all future depreciation charges are brought to account at 30 June 2018 and as such, will not burden financial decision making of the WACA in future financial years.
“The effect of this is to produce a once-only significant accounting deficit for the 2018 financial year.
“The WACA’s financial position remains very strong, and it is important to note there is no effect on cash flow or cash balances, the adjustment is non-recurring and it will not limit the ability of the WACA to continue to invest in cricket or to execute its strategic plan.”
Western Australia became the most successful Domestic One Day team in Australia with last season’s JLT One-Day Cup championship.
The Perth Scorchers managed to continue the Club’s BBL sell out record with 19 matches, including the Semi Final at Optus Stadium, as well as achieve record attendance across WBBL matches.
Matthews also took time to thank the Community Cricket department, who’s work helped reach more than 200 thousand participants for the first time.
New Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers Head Coach Adam Voges said he was pleased to win his first game in charge, a victory over New South Wales in the JLT One-Day Cup. The team were put through their paces on the Bibbulmun Track during the pre-season and the squad had trained well in the off-season lead by captains Mitch Marsh and Ashton Turner.
Voges added he is happy with the depth of the squad, noting it’s important this year to keep as many of his fast bowlers fit and, on the park, however, he is confident the young talent coming through can pick up the slack if needed. Winning the JLT Sheffield Shield is a top priority, Voges said 20 years is far too long for fans to wait for Shield success.
This season marks a new beginning for the Scorchers with the move to Optus Stadium, Voges said it was exciting for fans to get a taste of what it’s like during last season’s semi-final but playing all their games at their new home in BBL|08 will bring a whole new experience for Members and fans.
Western Fury and Perth Scorchers WBBL Head Coach Lisa Keightley spoke about her vision to continue to build on their outstanding high performance program and make it the benchmark in Australia. The program, which oversees both Fury and Scorchers programs, has maintained the top spot in Cricket Australia’s performance scorecard over the past two seasons and Keightley said they’ve got no ambitions to let that slip.
Both the Fury and the Scorchers are looking to build on the performances last season, reaching both the WNCL and WBBL finals, and Keightley said the squad knows how important it is to take that next step and secure some silverware.