The Amalgamation Story in Brief
During season 2018-2019, Wynyard Cricket Club Inc. (WCC) utilised the services of Cricket Tasmania (CT) to conduct a review into its operations. This involved interviews with over 50 people who were linked to WCC and/or a strategic stakeholder. The report was received by WCC in June 2019. A key recommendation in this review was for WCC to ask Myalla Cricket Club Inc. (MCC) if they had an appetite for a voluntary merger. A fact sheet explaining the reasons behind the proposal is here.
The CT review was shared with the committee of MCC. This led to a series of meetings between WCC and MCC. A working party representing both clubs was established to work through opportunities and challenges. In early June 2020, formal motions were passed by both committees to enter into formal negotiations to voluntarily merge the clubs and put a proposal to members in July 2020. Special general meetings were held of both clubs in July 2020 where votes were subsequently passed to merge the two clubs into one new club for the town of Wynyard and surrounding districts.
An inaugural AGM was held on 4 August 2020 to form Wynyard and Districts Cricket Club Inc. (aka Wynyard Tigers), adopt a constitution, and elect the inaugural office bearers, general committee members, and patrons. The name playing nickname of Wynyard Tigers represents a combination of Wynyard Blues and Myalla Tigers.
The inaugural office bearers elected were:
President: Dr Clayton Hawkins (President of WCC)
Senior Vice-President: Jason Beswick (Senior Vice-President of MCC)
Vice President: David Pendlebury (Senior Vice-President of WCC)
Secretary: Alanna Smith (Secretary of WCC)
Treasurer: Michael Stewart (new)
General Committee: Paul Hancock (Secretary of MCC)
Ashley Jones (President of MCC)
Matthew Kinch (General Committee Member of WCC)
Annie Pendlebury (General Committee Member of WCC)
The inaugural patrons of WDCC elected represented the histories of both WCC and MCC as a symbol of a united front.
WCC: Les Allen
MCC: Graeme Hutchison