News – 5 September 2018

Junior Competition start – delayed until 15th September

Due to the severe shortage of grounds a decision was made tonight by the Associations Executive on Tuesday night (4th September) to delay the start of the Junior competitions to Saturday 15th September. This decision was not made lightly and was also impacted by the need to commence the Senior T20 Competition which was suffering from the same ground shortage. By next weekend we will have full availability of all our normal grounds.

2018/19 Registration status

Kanga (Junior Blasters) – OPEN

Like the Girls, we welcome Kanga’s throughout the season. The issue though is that once Teams are put together it gets harder to group mates together so by registering as soon as possible your child gets to play with their friends.

 Junior Girls –OPEN

We always welcome girls throughout the season but, like the Boys, to make sure that you have a chance of playing in a Team with your friends then please register quickly as Teams need to be finalised in 2 weeks.

 Junior Boys (U8s to U16s)

  • Registrations have been strong and a reminder that once Teams reach a maximum of 13 players Registrations are closed. So if you haven’t registered then please give this priority to avoid disappointment
  • Registration status by Age group as at 2nd September 2018 is:
    • U8s –   Open
    • U9s –   CLOSED
    • U10s – CLOSED
    • U11s – CLOSED
    • U12s – CLOSED
    • U13s – CLOSED
    • U14s – CLOSED
    • U15s – CLOSED
    • U16s – Open

Seniors – CLOSED

Registrations for new players are now about full with Teams at or close to capacity. .If you are new our Club and want to play then please contact Andrew Fiedler before registering. Andrew can be contacted on: here or 0414 208 201.

Registration fees are due by Saturday 8th September. On Sunday, 9th September the early season discount comes to an end and all Seniors Fees increase by $50.

The Academy is almost here

Feedback on the Academy last season was amazing – 96% of the 48 participants rated it as being Outstanding. This year will be even better. Our Coaches are among the best around with 1st Grade and 1st Class cricketers plus our own Seniors. What to look out for:

  • We are going to start on Monday 15th October when school returns for Term 4
  • Each session will now be 90 minutes (+30 minutes for each session) over 10 weeks
  • A dedicated Girls Academy catering for both experienced and beginners

We will still have the focus on technical drills but we will also include sessions on game sense practice to improve the cricket IQ of our players. We will also include more video analysis.

No Club, anywhere, offers the quality of what we will be providing at a ridiculously cheap price. Stay tuned for more info and be aware that places are capped and fill quickly.

Blowfly Cricket

This season we are starting up a wonderful initiative called BlowFly Cricket – check out the website link to find more information – here

This is a being run as a Chapter under Mark Rushton’s program at James Park Hornsby.

Blowfly Cricket gives young people aged between 5 and 25 years with autism, cerebral palsy and down syndrome the chance to play competitive sport. It also gives families the chance to be involved and enjoy seeing their children having fun and just enjoying life.

Key dates 2018/19

  • 1st Game:
    • Junior Boys – Saturday 8th September
    • Seniors:
      • T20 – Saturday 8th September
      • Main Competition – 22nd September
    • Girls – Saturday 20th October
    • Kanga – Saturday 6th October (dates to be confirmed)
    • BlowFly –Saturday 13th October

The website will be updated throughout the off-season so check it out regularly to find out what is coming up.


Level 1 Coaching initiative

Our Club is again thrilled to be hosting a Level 1 Coaching Accreditation program for anyone who wants to gain this sought after accreditation from Cricket Australia. Details are:

  • When:              Sunday 16th September
  • Where:             Edward Bennett Oval
  • Time:               10.00 am to 2.00 pm
  • Cost:                $Nil – the usual $120 cost is being subsidised by Cricket Australia.

This is now on the CNSW website – here  and is open to the public.

Registrations will fill quickly so if you are a Coach, Assistant Coach or have any interest in helping with a Team then please don’t delay. As at 1st September there are just 9 spots left with 21 already filled!

This is also a requirement for anyone interested in becoming involved in our own Coaching Team that is building a massive profile in the District.

Association Coach the Coach

The association is running an invaluable 2-hour coaching session for all Coaches run by Rod Hokin (Level 3 Accredited) and Head Coach of the HK&HDCCA. Details are:

  • When: Sunday, 9 September
  • Time: 00 am to 11.00 am)
  • Cost: FREE
  • Where: James Park, Hornsby

This is a wonderful opportunity for Junior competition coaches from all the HK&HDCA affiliated Clubs to learn from a master coach, who will be supported by other experienced Level 2 qualified coaches.

Although this is a free event, you need to register online that can be accessed via this link – here), so we know how many coaches will be attending.

This will be a most beneficial session, so please make the effort to register and attend, which should result in your team having a more successful and enjoyable season in 2018-19.

School Holiday Cricket Clinics

The Association Coaches’ Association is again running their highly successful School Holidays Clinics. We are fortunate to have a clinic in our own back-yard at George Thornton Reserve at View Street.

Details are:

  • Where & When:
    • Mark Taylor Oval (Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd October)
    • George Thornton Reserve, View Street WPH (Thursday 4th & Friday 5th October)
    • Mark Taylor Oval (Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th October)
  • Who can be involved: Boys and Girls aged 6 to 14 years of age
  • Time:
    • 30 am to 2.00 pm
  • Cost:
    • $150 / Clinic (cost recovery) with family discounts

We thoroughly support these Clinics and they are run by our Association Coaches’ Association who have a passion for growing cricket and developing children.

We recommend that you register promptly as places fill quickly.

You can register online via here

Junior Boys

This is an exciting time for Junior Cricket. The association has adopted the new Pathways cricket structure that is being adopted across Australia and will start this season. Full details of the playing structure can be found at at here

Girls Cricket

2018/19 season

We are again entering Teams in the U13, U15 and U17 Age Divisions. We are also looking at running a T20 Blast competition. Check out the Girls link on our website to find out more – here

Competition structure

Sixers Girls Cricket League – Stage 1 (U11-13) – Spring Season

  • First Round:                 Saturday 20th October
  • Duration:                     7 weeks (of competition)
  • Last Round:                 Saturday 1st December (finals)
  • When:                          Saturday 2pm
  • Special Invite:              Week 8 – Saturday 8th December – WBBL Opening Weekend at Nth Sydney Oval – on ground appearance, medal presentation
  • Format:                                    Junior Format Stage 1


Sixers Girls Cricket League – Stage 2 (U13-15) – Spring Season

  • First Round:                 Saturday 20th October
  • Duration:                     7 weeks (of competition)
  • Last Round:                 Saturday 1st December (finals)
  • When:                          Saturday 2pm
  • Special Invite:              Week 8 – Saturday 8th December – WBBL Opening Weekend at Nth Sydney Oval – on ground appearance, medal presentation
  • Format:                                    Junior Format Stage 2
  • Players:                                   9 on the field

Sixers Girls Cricket League (proposed competition structure)

Summer Season – Stage 1 & 2

  • First Round:                 Saturday 2nd February
  • Duration:                     6 weeks
  • Last Round:                 Saturday 9th March

Possible Saturday afternoon Northern Districts Women’s 3rd Grade team

Northern District DCC is exploring whether there are sufficient numbers to put forward a 3rd Grade team for the 10 rounds to be run from Saturday 6th October until mid-December 2018.

Games are 40 overs and commence at 12.30pm with warm-ups from 12 midday on a Saturday.

This is a more social but still competitive game of cricket but is open to all age groups – young and old.

If you are interested in playing in a 3rd Grade team or know of anyone who might wish to play 3rd Grade, can you please let Tracey Bates know as soon as possible at here


Pre-season training has started for the new season. Key dates are:

  • T20 competition starts – Saturday 8th September
  • Competition starts – Saturday 22nd September


The Nets are booked from this week but numbers are typically low until daylight savings kicks in. Our Training days are:

  • Days:
    • Wednesday’s and Friday’s
  • Time:
    • 30 pm until Day
  • Venue:
    • John Purchase Oval (Wednesday)
    • Sports Club (Friday’s).

Team entrances

The Association has confirmed Grades for this season. Our Team entrances and Captains are:

  • A1 – Justin Paterson (our 23rd A1 Captain)
  • A2 – Simon Smyth
  • B1:
    • Blue – Rick Turner
    • Red – Michael Gunn
  • B2 – Rob Knapman
  • C1 – Tim Worthington
  • C2:
    • Blue – Indranil Mukherjee
    • Red – Andrew Fiedler
  • C3 – Buzz Burrows
  • D1 – Gautam Ayyar
  • D2 – Mike Kinchington

For A1, this will be our 53rd consecutive season in A1 and the 61st overall – an amazing achievement!

Orange Blossom Festival

The 49th Hills Shire Orange Blossom Festival will be held between 1st and 30th September 2018. The Festival is a wonderful community event. There is so much to be involved in:

  • Pet-friendly walks, local community festivals, food, music and dance events and so much more
  • From fusion cuisine to discovering prominent local Hills artists, to cheering on our local BMX riders and cross country champions, there will be something to suit most tastes and fancies
  • Splash Dance and Hype Band will also be performing on the day.

On Sunday, September 16, Council’s signature community fun-day will be held at the historic

Bella Vista Farm. It’s a family-friendly event that really showcases the diversity and uniqueness of our vibrant region.

Keep a look out for the activities calendar – here