Ballarat cricket stalwart steps down

BALLARAT Cricket Association is on the hunt for a new secretary following Don Jacobsson’s shock resignation.

Jacobsson has stood down after almost 20 seasons in the role and almost 50 years of service to cricket in the region.

The association released a statement on its social media platforms on Tuesday, announcing the Golden Point team of the century member’s decision to stand down for health reasons.

BCA president David Nichols said some of the secretary’s responsibilities had been shared between various members of the board of directors as work on finding Jacobsson’s replacement took place.

“There are a number of issues that we hope to sort through over the next few weeks, and we will be looking for an appointment as soon as possible,” he said.

“Don has been the association secretary since 1995 and during this time has played a leading role in guiding the association through good and difficult times, working diligently and tirelessly for the betterment of cricket in Ballarat and district and providing opportunities through working with various stakeholders to provide the cricketers of Ballarat excellent facilities, playing conditions and pathways to the future.

“The cricket community will miss Don and on behalf of the Ballarat Cricket Association and greater cricket community I say thanks and wish Don all the best for the future.”

Before he took over the secretary’s role, Jacobsson had a long and decorated playing career with Napoleons, Golden Point, Thornleigh (Sydney) and in representative teams before embarking on umpiring, which was highlighted by officiating in two under-18 state grand finals on the MCG and many club firsts deciders in Ballarat.

All pennant committee matters will be handled by David Dawson (0408 170 339), MyCricket issues by Mark Grogan (0415 577 938), juniors by Neil Davies (0429 373 797) and district cricket by Michael Flynn (0400 886 820).

tim.oconnor@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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