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Newcastle District Cricket Association: Club championship named in honour of Robert “Dutchy” Holland

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SILVERWARE: The new club championship trophy at Wednesday night’s season launch. Picure: Josh CallinanThe club championship has been given extra significance in 2018-2019 with Newcastle District Cricket Association naming the trophyafter late Test player Robert “Dutchy” Holland.
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The new silverware was unveiled at the season launch inHoneysuckle on Wednesday night and the initiative was welcomed by club representatives.

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District chairman Paul Marjoribanks said it was simply the right fit.

“We have honoured Robert [Holland] because he was involved with cricket at all levels and we thought it was a fairly fitting tribute to name the club championship after him,” Marjoribanks said.

“All grades, curating, everything. He was total a club man. That’s what he was about and that’s why we have rebadged it.”

NDCA followed up with an official announcement on social media on Thursday.

“Whilst Robert was a high achiever and played at the elite level, his greatest legacy lives on through the time he gave to club cricket,” the statement read.

“Not only as a player but the co-founder of Southern Lakes Junior Cricket and tireless hours in administration and volunteer work.

“To win a club championship takes an effort from everyone at your club; coaches, players, administrators, curators, scorers, selectors, canteen operators and the list goes on.

“This trophy reflects Robert’s legacy, he never left a stone unturned and played a hand in every role imaginable at a club.”

Charlestown are the current holders of the club championship crown while Holland’s beloved Toronto clinched the two priortitles.

The almost 100-year honour roll, starting in 1923, has been included as part of the trophy design with club names engraved on a black backingwrapped around a hexagon-shaped, wooden base.On top sits the silver NDCA Robert “Dutchy” Holland OAM Club Championship cup. A bronzed photograph of the , NSW and Newcastle representative leg-spinner, who died last year, features on a small plaque.

Points from all grades, starting with firsts on Saturday, are accumulated throughout the summer to win the prestigious prize.

Meanwhile,Cardiff-Boolaroomay not be using new home base Pasterfielduntil November with Lake Macquarie City Council saying the ground itself was not yet at a satisfactory standard for playing games.

Cardiff were scheduled to host Saturday’s first grade season opener at the Cameron Park venue, but haveinstead relocated the 40-over fixture against Hamilton-Wickham to Cardiff No.2.

Next weekend’s Regional Bash T20 representative match willlikely be transferred to Waratah Oval.

The Pasterfield Sports Complex was officially opened last month.

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