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VMCU Carnival History

Story of the VMCU Carnival

The VMCU Shield hosts 70 teams yearly from 20 associations. It supports Cricket Victoria’s Pathway program and offers a platform for talented players to showcase their skills in a professional competition.

VMCU Carnival history has culminated in 70 teams yearly from 20 associations gathering to compete each January. It supports Cricket Victoria's Pathway program and offers a platform for talented players to showcase their skills in a professional competition.

VMCU Carnival History - the beginning

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VMCU Carnival History - Junior Shield Carnival

Before 1983, the only cricket managed by the CUOV (which is now called VMCU) was the VCA Shield, played under different age groups from under-21 to under 25.

The players who played well were chosen to play against other states. Before 1957, different teams also went to country areas to play against local teams.

The lower age groups played inter association matches too, but there was no formal competition. In 1978, a few associations got together to organise a Junior Cricket Carnival for players under 12 years old.

VMCU Carnival history has culminated in 70 teams yearly from 20 associations gathering to compete each January. It supports Cricket Victoria's Pathway program and offers a platform for talented players to showcase their skills in a professional competition.


Junior Carnival - A New Competition

In 1984, a new competition for kids under the age of 12 was started by the Union. The competition was named after long time Secretary and Life Member of the Union, Keith Mitchell.

Although it was a competition for skilled players, the rules encouraged more kids to join in.

It became known as the starting point for players who then moved on to more advanced competitions like R.M. Hatch and Dowling Shield.

In 1999, Cricket Victoria made 16 regions, and by 2002/3, Dowling Shield became a competition based on regions instead of Premier cricket clubs. Additionally, region-based teams were chosen for kids under 14, under 16, and under 18 levels.

VMCU Carnival History - New Name

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CUOV becomes the VMCU

The CUOV changed and was called the Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union. This new Board had representatives from each of the 8 metropolitan regions.

With the cooperation of Cricket Victoria (CV), competitions were introduced for under-14 and under-16 age groups. This supported the CV programs and gave more players the chance to participate.

The IAJCC helped with setting up the VMCU Shield Carnival. Nearby VCCL associations are also invited to apply as some are in the Metropolitan regions for Pathway purposes and others want to give their junior players more competition opportunities.

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VMCU Shield Competition

The VMCU Shield Competition has flourished and expanded and now hosts around 70 teams each year from approximately 20 associations.

It has a clear role in supporting the Pathway program of Cricket Victoria and provides talented players with the opportunity to participate in a professionally run competition to showcase their abilities.

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