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Venn to lead joined groups

New Chapter: The Gympie Regional Cricket Association which includes Gympie Gold (above) has a new president.
New Chapter: The Gympie Regional Cricket Association which includes Gympie Gold (above) has a new president. Leeroy Todd

CRICKET: Valleys president Rod Venn will head up the newly formed Gympie Regional Cricket Association after interim president Ian Manly voluntarily stepped down.

Gympie Regional Cricket Association was formed after both the junior and senior associations amalgamated earlier this year.

Manly was instrumental in administering the move but had stated he would be in the role only temporarily.

"I would hope that everyone rallies behind Rod,” Manly said.

"I hope the amalgamation sticks as that is the best way to ensure players transition from juniors to seniors,” he said.

Venn acknowledged the previous leadership's achievements in forming the new association and said the situation faced by the new association was unrivalled.

"It is almost without precedent that you would lose a whole committee during the season,” he said.

On top of administration, Venn said the attraction and retention of players was the top of his list of priorities.

The representative cricket season had numbers thin across the local competition as the association struggled to fill representative sides.

Venn hoped now that players had returned from representative duties, the competition could return to normal.

Both the Gympie junior and senior competitions will resume today with Gold XI taking on Caloundra at Albert park.

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