West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Cricket Club
Welcome to the West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Cricket Club. Our Club was established in 1930 and the 2019/20 season is our 89th.
This season (2019/20) we entered an amazing 1,021 Junior teams since our first year. While difficult to prove, it is unlikely that any Club in Australia would have reached this number.
Junior cricket within our Association (the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai and Hills District Cricket Association) is offered to boys aged from Master Blasters (U8) to U16 years. Girls have their own Competition.
Our reputation for promoting participation of all children over results is widely known along with our formal policy of ‘Participation over Results‘. This is worth reading and can be accessed via the website.
We are thrilled and humbled to have been selected by Cricket NSW as ‘Community Cricket Club of the Year NSW – 2017’ and again in 2019. We were also the runner up in the Sport NSW Community Club of the Year 2017 Awards – an amazing achievement given the many thousands of Sporting Clubs in NSW.
Also in 2019 we were nominated by CNSW as their nomination for the Australian Cricket Club of the Year for the ‘Sport for All’ recognition.
CNSW commented in their recommendation:
“WPHCCC has been a great example of bringing people of the community together. The Club has proven that hard work and great volunteers can achieve fantastic outcomes for the cricketing community! The Club encompasses a number of attributes that we believe contribute to what is a great cricket Club.”
We are proud of the community contribution of the Club. As an example, the McGrath Foundation used our Club in a National promotion in 2016/17 as our Club is one of the major cricket club contributors having raised $42,450 since 2011. Tracey Bevan, who heads-up the McGrath Foundation, has sent us a special YouTube thank you note. This can be viewed on – here
Juniors are an important pathway to a lifetime of cricket enjoyment. Junior ‘graduates’ move through Age Divisions into a Senior all-age competition. In 2016/17 our A1 Grand Finalists for example had 11 players in the 14 player squad who came through Junior Blasters/Kanga and Juniors.
We are excited to offer our own Cricket Academy that has a structured Program with high quality coaches including many Premier 1st Grade, 1st Class and BBL cricketers.
The Academy runs for 10 weeks. No other Club offers anything like this and it will be available exclusively to West Penno players.
What happens at the Academy
- The Academy is run over 10 weeks with a Coach / Player ratio of around 1:6
- Sessions are both Outdoor and occasional Indoor sessions depending on weather conditions and availability
- Session numbers are capped:
- U12 – U13: 18 players
- U14 – U16: 18 players
- 16 years+ / Seniors: 12 players
- Girls: 12 players
- Specialist expert Coaches /strength and conditioning experts ensure an elite experience for all Academy players
- A1 Grade and Premier 1st Grade cricketers provide specialist 1:1 coaching on a needs basis.
$200 for a 10-week Program. This cost is well below any comparable Cricket Academy Program available – anywhere.
We can do it at this low price as we operate on a not-for-profit basis and our Club subsidises any cost shortfall so that our players can get the best coaching available at very low cost.
How do I register?
Please contact the person for more information and details on next steps:
- Girls – Grant Colburt on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0415 891 004
- Junior Boys – Steve Burrows, email@example.com or 0478 965 255
Coaching has a big focus in our Club. Apart from having over 30 active Level 1 Coaches, we have 3 level 2 coaches. We also have a professional coaching arrangement in place that provides high quality coaching to all our junior players at no cost by Level 1 and level 2 qualified coaches who have come though our playing pathway.
This season season (2019/20):
- 39 teams were registered from Master Blasters (U8) to U16s
- Our ‘Participation over Results’ policy ensures that no teams are graded and that everyone gets a ‘fair go’. Last season we had 8 teams competing in age division Semi-Finals and 4 teams in the Finals.
- Congratulations to our 2018/19 Premiers in the U13 Division. After all play was washed out, congratulations also to our U13 Purple, U14 Red and U16 Blue who finished Runners-up. For the 2nd year in a row, our U13 Red and Purple sides playedg in the Grand Final
- What was especially pleasing was the cluster of teams finishing 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in large competitions with most Teams within striking distance of the Finals.
Winning Premierships is always satisfying but a comment from a parent in our Survey of Club Members (February 2018) says it all:
“The participation over results is a wonderful policy. It was my son’s first season and the inclusion he felt in his team and he support he received in learning cricket skills was phenomenal.”
Junior Country Carnivals
One of the great opportunities of playing for West Penno gives is the chance to play in the Country Carnivals over the New Year. Traditionally this is reserved for representative teams but we are privileged to be invited due to our Club size – the only Club side in NSW to have this opportunity. The Carnivals are:
- U14s Tamworth JCU Carnivals
This was the first of our Carnivals and goes back to 2010/11. We play teams from: Armidale, Barbarians, Tamworth, Manly Presidents Cup Reps and Nambucca / Belligen,
- U15 Walter Taylor Shield (Armidale)
Teams that we play include Armidale, Northern District, Lismore, Hunter Valley and Tamworth.
- U16 Stan Austin Cup (Taree)
The accompanying link gives an insight into how Country Associations see our Club. The link is from an NBN News Report in early January 2015:
A great quote from Rob Hanich, Coach of our U14 side to Tamworth that won 4 out of 5 games in 2017 explains the experience well:
“…even more important than how the boys performed on the cricket field, is the way they bonded as a unit and became great mates and had loads of fun. I am sure there were times when they could have skipped the cricket and just headed straight to the pool. The boys didn’t all know each other before this week, but it didn’t take long. There were no ego’s, no friction, just great fun. I hope they remember this trip for a long time!”
- U14s Tamworth JCU Carnivals
- The 2019/20 season Information / Registration Day was held on Sunday 28th July 2019 at Oakhill Drive Public School.
- The season starts on Saturday 14th September 2019.
- Master Blasters (U8s) to U11s play morning, mid-day or occasional afternoon games
- U12’s to U16’s play Saturday mornings between 8.30am to around 12.00 noon
- There is no play during the Summer school holidays (21st December 2019 – 25th January 2020)
- Semi Finals are played (all day Sunday 7th and 14th March 2020 – dates are to be confirmed) and the Final is played as an all-day game on 14th or 21st March 2020.
A highlight this season has been a retention rate of 90% across the Junior section – due largely to our ‘Participation over Results’ policy. Team entrances for this season (2019-20) are:
Master Blasters (U8s) 5 Teams U9’s 5 Teams U10’s 6 Teams U11’s 5 teams U12’s 5 teams U13’s 4 teams U14’s 5 teams U15’s 3 teams U16’s 1 teams Total 39 teams
Age Groups & Contacts
To be eligible to play in any particular grade, a player must be under the age of the nominated age group as listed at midnight on the 31st August of that playing season.
For example, to be eligible to play U9s for the 2019/20 season, your child needs to be 8 years of age, or younger as at 31 August 2011.
Each Age Division has a coordinator. The people looking after these important roles this season (2019/20) are:
Age Group Contact Telephone 5 & 6 years of age as at 31/9/2019 Junior Blasters (Kanga)(5-7) Bill Peterkin 0488 110 942 here 7 years or younger as at 31/8/2019 U8 Steve Burrows0478 965 255 here 8 years or younger as at 31/8/2019 U9 Tim & Jo WilsonJo: 0412 178 806Tim: 0417 836 726 here 9 years or younger as at 31/8/2019 U10 Rosh Goonewardene here 10 years or younger as at 31/8/2019 U11 Ratna Siva 0412 839 197 here 11 years or younger as at 31/8/2019 U12 Lyndal Harrison 0409 399 366 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org 12 years or younger as at 31/8/2019 U13 Steve Burrows 0478 965 255 here 13 years or younger as at 31/8/2019 U14 Joseph Cooray 0431 592 here 14 years or younger as at 31/8/2019 U15 Craig Hutchinson 0499 621 264 15 years or younger as at 31/8/2019 U16 Duminda Thenuwara 0408218961
Code of Conduct
The WPHCCC has a “Participation over Results” policy in Junior Cricket – Junior Blasters, Girls and Boys. Coaches are encouraged to make sure that all players get equal amounts of batting and bowling over a full season – especially in the younger age groups.
For us, the development of cricket at a Junior level is more important than winning trophies. For our Club, success is about retaining or increasing the number of boys and girls playing cricket.
- children play to satisfy themselves and not adults or members of their own peer group
- cricket must be administered, taught and provided for the good of all children who want to play the game. It is their game!
- Cricket should be fun. Play because you want to.
- Play by the rules and spirit of the game
- Don’t be a dag by arguing with umpires. Never dispute an Umpires decision by word, gesture or action.
- Sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is dumb and not good enough. This includes unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and Team motivation.
- Be a good sport; acknowledge good play, by your team and your opponent
- Bullying or taking unfair advantage of any player is not on. This includes on-field intimidation and off-field bullying by SMS and/or chat-rooms.
- Co-operate with your coach, manager, team-mates, umpires and opponents – without them you don’t have a game.
- Parents are encouraged to actively participate wherever possible. Things like; scoring, umpiring or just being there supporting your child. Cricket, in our Club, should not be seen as a baby-sitting service. Your child will be the winner.
- Remember, children are involved in cricket for their enjoyment, not yours
- Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather that winning or losing
- Never ridicule or yell at any child for making a mistake – it is only a game.
- Children learn best by example; applaud good play by your team and by members of the opposing team
- Derogatory comments about your own team or other players is unacceptable
- Respect Official’s decisions and teach children to do likewise. Officials are volunteers and without them, your child won’t have a game!
- Differences (gender, ability/disability, cultural) are irrelevant – treat everyone with respect and dignity.
- Children play cricket for their own fun; they are not there to entertain you and they are not playing for sheep stations.
- Be on your best behaviour; don’t use bad language, harass players, coaches or umpires
- Show respect for the opposition, without them there would be no game – applaud good play from both teams
- Never ridicule or scold a player for making a mistake during the game
- Respect the umpire’s decision – always
- Encourage players to play within the laws and spirit of the game.
- Young people participate for the fun of competing – not just the winning.
- Think about measuring your success by the number of children wanting to play next season. Win/loss ratios are forgotten about at the end of the season and are not important.
- Put things in perspective and move on after adversity – look for the learnings. It is only a game.
- Encourage lots of laughter and a sense of fun
- Make mistakes, give it a go – get involved and don’t take yourself too seriously.
- Never ridicule or yell at a younger player for making a mistake or not coming first
- Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm
- Sudden change – practice adapting to it. Try players in unfamiliar positions and multi-skill every player
- Operate within the rules and Spirit of Cricket and teach your players to do the same. Show control and respect to everyone involved in cricket. Encourage your players to do the same
- Avoid overplaying the talented players; all young players need and deserve equal time, attention and opportunities
- Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of players
- Consider attending a Level 0 / Level 1 Coaching course run through the Club, on behalf of Cricket NSW
- Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate
- Praise children in public but never criticise them in front of their peers
- Give everyone a ‘fair go’ gender, ability, cultural background or religion doesn’t matter.
- Act on unsporting behaviour from both sides and promote respect for all opponents
- Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive – you set an example
- Anyone participating as an umpire, is, according to the Laws of Cricket, deemed to be an umpire. Accordingly, there are responsibilities imposed on them by the Laws:
- Firstly, the person must act as a qualified umpire – conducting themselves in a dignified way, give decisions in an unbiased and impartial manner and not become involved in lengthy conversations with the players on the field.
- Secondly, the players are to show proper respect to that person and the decisions given as they would a qualified umpire.
- People who choose to play for our Club do so knowing our expectations on behaviour. Should there be breaches of our Code the Club’s Disciplinary Committee will look at issues referred to it as necessary.
Participation Over Results – what does it mean?
This policy has been instrumental in the development of Junior Cricket in our Club so what does it mean?
It is about providing opportunities for ALL players to participate and contribute in matches, as well as providing a positive and encouraging environment for all. This makes for a healthy ‘team culture’ and helps us to retain players year to year, a record our club is very proud of. This policy does not necessarily require coaches to evenly allocate overs to all bowlers nor to systematically rotate the batting order in every match, although this is an option that has been used successfully in past seasons. It is acknowledged that every team is unique. Every player has their own unique skill level, abilities, confidence level and their own personal goals. Therefore the coach needs to use their judgement and knowledge of the players and parents to provide opportunities for all players to participate, and to develop their skills over the course of the season.
Many factors need to be considered, including player safety, player ability, confidence levels, the abilities of the opposition, player availability, ambitions and goals of players and parents. Of course our Club wants to be competitive and to celebrate personal and team achievements – but not at the expense of providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all our players. We judge success by the number of children who want to back-up the next season.
What happens on Saturday?
Games are normally played on Saturday between 8.30 am and 12.00 noon – exact times vary between age groups. All games are played in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai and Hills District. No Club has a ‘home ground’. However, WPHCCC teams are drawn to play on the local grounds on a home and away basis.
Players are required to wear:
- white pants (shorts or long pants) – generally the in older the age groups the pants are long
- Club playing shirts are compulsory and training shirts optional – these are high quality shirts of the same material /quality used by International cricketers
- white socks
- predominantly white shoes.
What to Expect
Our Club offers:
- Quality coaching. We pay to put all coaches through the sought after CNSW Level 1 coaching program. We also have a Level 3 Club Coach with Dean Gilchrist’s Sportspro business providing quality coaching to every registered player – free of charge. Last season we also had Craig McDermott and Corey Collmore provide a fast bowling masterclass at the local nets.
- a pictorial Annual Year Book
- annual Team Photos
- Umpire Training courses
- Coaching Certificate courses
Please find all club related events,
within the Calendar below.