Dickfos spearheads top season
GYMPIE Junior Cricket president Trevor Mahaffey has credited Lindsay Dickfos for another successful Milo in2CRICKET Under 7 Program.
The program, part of a nation-wide junior cricket initiative, came to a close for another season last Friday night with a trophy presentation.
More than 40 Under 7 junior cricketers took part, learning the basics of the game while having fun.
Trophies were awarded to all players for their participation at the Gympie Cricket Association clubhouse Friday night.
Mahaffey said he was pleased with the number in attendance despite local flooding.
“The kids were very excited to receive their trophy and it was good to see them enjoying themselves,” he said.
Mahaffey said Dickfos had been the driving force behind the program’s success.
“Lindsay has been the co-ordinator and coach of the program for 20 years,” Mahaffey said.
“He does a fantastic job and is very dedicated.
“Lindsay makes the program fun for the kids and gets the parents involved as well.”
The success of the Milo Under 7 Program continues an encouraging growing trend for junior cricket in Gympie.
Mahaffey said the last couple of years had been “really good”.
“Junior cricket is growing and that’s good to see for the sport in Gympie,” he said.
Already looking ahead to the next season, Gympie Junior Cricket has a number of plans in place, including the installation of lighting for two of its fields.
The club has secured a funding grant and already purchased the equipment. All that remains is for the wet weather to clear for work to commence.
The lighting will enable the Under 7 juniors to play Friday evenings as opposed to Saturday mornings in the intense summer heat.
“Playing under lights is our preferred option because we can avoid the heat and the time slot better suits the parents because they can come along after they finish work,” he said.
The lighting will be sufficient for play, but Mahaffey said the club was looking long-term at upgrading the lights’ intensity for improved visibility.