Round 1 of the 2017/18 seasons marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Subiaco-Floreat Cricket Club.
The merging of the Subiaco and Floreat Park Cricket Clubs occurred in the 1977/78.
1st Grade club Subiaco CC were experiencing difficulties with the Subiaco Council in being provided with two grounds, while 2nd Grade club Floreat Park, reigning premiers in the 2nd and 3rd grades, were keen on retaining their talented young players at Floreat Oval and having the opportunity to play 1st Grade Cricket.
While both Clubs had been successful, the merger took the strengths of both clubs to build something better.
Ray Young from the Subiaco Club, MLA for Scarborough and a WA Government Minister was the Club President, while Floreat Park’s Lester Barnes was Vice President. Floreat Park’s A.R.B (Bob) King was Secretary.
Some well-known names fulfilled the playing ranks. Jim Hubble was the 1st Grade Captain and Darryl Foster was Club Coach. Floreat Park stalwarts Alan Bolton and David Philips Jnr captained the 2nd and 3rd Grade teams, while the redoubtable Larry Davies from Subiaco oversaw the fourths. To cater for the excess of players the merged club entered a side into the Suburban Turf competition.
The first eleven of the debut Subiaco-Floreat 1st Grade team was
1 Chris Smailes
2 Graeme Porter
3 Paul Nicholls
4 Chris Perrott
5 Glenn Hughes
6 Ian King
7 Peter Marshall
8 Jim Hubble (Capt)
9 Giles Bush
10 Peter Jones (Wk)
11 Terry Alderman
The debut season was successful, four of the five teams played off in Grand Finals, with the 2nd and 4th Grades becoming Premiers.
That successful first season set the scene for ongoing success, over the 40 seasons of cricket since the merger, Subiaco-Floreat has won 21 Grade Premierships across all four men’s grades. No other club has in the same period, won more than 14 premierships.
The 1st Grade have been premiers six times since 1977/78 (a figure only bested by Scarborough), the 2nd and 3rd Grades have won four each while the 4th Grade have gone the distance seven times.
In addition to the success achieved in the Grade competition, the Club has won the One-Day Competition four times and the Colts six times. Not surprisingly Subiaco-Floreat has been Club Champion five times.
Premiership success preceded the merger. Since the WACA District Cricket competition was founded in 1885/86 the various ancestral Clubs that preceded Subiaco-Floreat have won another 34 premierships.
1907/08 - 1910/11 1930/31 - 1976/77
1959/60 - 1976/77
1911/12 - 1929-30
The total of 55 premierships won in WACA Grade cricket competition by the various Clubs that today form Subiaco-Floreat Cricket Club is the most in WACA history. The next best club has won 44 Grade premierships.
With the addition of the Female Cricket teams in 2014 and the 1st Grade winning the Premiership again last season, success for Subiaco-Floreat into the future remains as viable as ever.
Success Flourishes with Commitment and Courage.