Liam Durkin

IT’S gonna be a decent GCL and Country Week team.

The Latrobe Valley District Cricket League and Traralgon District Cricket Association will combine in time for the next season.

Both incorporations held special general meetings on Monday, July 10, and voted yes to a merger of the two associations.

The new league shall be known as ‘Cricket Latrobe Valley’.

From here, Cricket Latrobe Valley will need to hold its own annual meeting to elect office bearers for season 2023/24.

The new league will take in more than 20 clubs.

Wheels are already in motion, with Cricket Latrobe Valley created on PlayHQ.

PlayHQ is taking over MyCricket after some 20 years of online results keeping.

Finer details of the new league are set to be formalised in coming months.

It is understood the new entity has every intention of properly preserving the history and naming honours of various awards from both former associations.

While a merger between the TDCA and Central Gippsland Cricket Association (a pre-runner to the LVDCL) had been spoken about in decades past, this officially marks the first time both associations have decided on a joint venture.

A merger opportunity existed when the LVDCL was established in 2018, but a number of TDCA clubs opted to stay.

In the last six seasons, the TDCA has operated as a six/seven team competition, after Churchill, CATS, Centrals, Traralgon West and Morwell Tigers Yinnar Raiders left to join the LVDCL.

After six years of negotiations, those at the coalface will surely be proud to see their vision of a combined league finally coming to fruition.

Monday, August 7 has been set down as a tentative date for the inaugural annual meeting of Cricket Latrobe Valley.

It is understood Yarram District Cricket Club, which was affiliated with the TDCA, has opted to affiliate with Sale-Maffra Cricket Association.