Tigers, United set to merge

By Andrew Johnston

AN EXTRAORDINARY general meeting tomorrow night may see Rochester Tigers Cricket Club vote to merge with Rochester United.

The Tiger’s future has been under a cloud as it has battled to get sufficient player numbers to field senior sides.

The Campaspe News understands there will also be a meeting between the clubs this week, almost certainly after Wednesday’s vote.

It is understood the clubs have already had some preliminary discussions regarding the future of Rochester cricket, particularly through its junior ranks.

Members of both clubs would need to be consulted before any final decisions were made.

The Campaspe News also understands the issue could be settled by the end of the week.

Calling the meeting via its Facebook page, the Tigers have told members the meeting is to “discuss the immediate future of the cricket club”.

Rochester United will also be meeting this week to discuss the potential merger with its members.

There is no doubt a combined club would be a boost for fielding junior teams, but its short and medium term impact on senior players won’t be known until the new team starts a new season.

United finished the 2017-18 season on top of the Goulburn Murray Cricket ladder but lost to Kyabram Fire Brigade in the grand final.

The Tigers finished the season in seventh place.

The possibility of only one cricket club coming out of Rochester is a significant development in the sport in the town.

At one stage the town had as many as four cricket clubs, but a series of mergers in the past 20 years saw that number reduced to two.

Following the meetings, the Campaspe News will publish any information to our website with a full report in next Tuesday’s edition.