Kilmore's Josh Buttler.

KILMORE Cricket Club will join the Gisborne and District Cricket Association, GDCA, for the 2022-23 season, leaving the Seymour District Cricket Association, SDCA, after nearly 50 years in the competition.

The club confirmed on Wednesday that it would make the move after more than 75 per cent of existing GDCA clubs approved the transition.

“We have been [part] of the Seymour District Cricket Association for close to [50] years and we would like to thank the SDCA for the time we have spent in their league,” a post on the club’s Facebook page said.

“We have enjoyed the banter and rivalry between us and the other clubs, but believe our club could prosper and grow with the move to the GDCA.

“In our time with the SDCA we have won 12 A Grade premierships with numerous B and C Grade and junior flags also.”

Kilmore joint treasurer and A Grade captain-coach Josh Buttler said Kilmore decided to move with its junior players in mind.

“We’re getting a bit bigger each year and as a club we felt like the move would help continue that growth,” he said.

“Our under 17s moved across last year and it was very successful, so we felt that with a stronger junior competition it will help our club in the long run.”

Buttler said it was ‘very sad’ to be leaving the Seymour association after a five-decade affiliation.

“Based on premierships in the top grade we were one of the most successful clubs, if not the most successful club, and we’ve got a lot of members who have been life members of the league for years and years,” he said.

“It is sad, but that comes with it. We thought the opportunity outweighed the drawbacks, so we went with it.”

Both the club’s junior and seniors players will make the transition to the GDCA.

The move means the SDCA’s A Grade competition will be reduced to only five teams.

The GDCA welcomed Kilmore in a statement from outgoing president Rob McIntyre on Thursday.

“Kilmore will field four senior teams and six junior teams for the coming season,” McIntyre said.

“After 50 years in the Seymour District Cricket Association, the move to the GDCA will provide the club with a larger competition for its junior teams and an opportunity to field senior and junior female teams in future.

“Club president Brett Buttler informed the meeting that affiliating with the GDCA with its much larger number of senior and junior grades will allow the club to continue to grow in an area of increasing population.”

See Tuesday’s edition of the North Central Review for more on the move.

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