Rob Oborne says strengthening representative cricket at regional level is a key to ensuring the Colac district has a future at Country Week.
The Colac District Cricket Association’s board has voted against sending a team to next year’s tournament, ending a long-standing affiliation with the Melbourne-based event.
Oborne has attended all but one Country Week tournament over the past 50 years, starting out as a 16-year-old in the playing ranks before becoming the backbone of the CDCA’s representative outfit in an off-field capacity.
The cricketing stalwart said it was disappointing the Colac district would cut ties with the event in 2018.
But Oborne said he understood the decision after the Colac district had struggled to find commitment from the association’s best cricketers for the week-long tournament usually held in late January or early February.
“It’s a board decision and I’m happy to accept that,” he said.
“I’ve seen it coming and tried to fight it, but it’s something that’s probably had to happen.”
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