News – 8 September 2019

Girls Only Master Blasters

An exciting initiative for Girls cricket is about to start. A Girls-only Cricket Blast Program is starting in October.

There will be a Centre Hub at Thornleigh Oval for girls aged between 7 and 10 years of age. Girls from WPHCCC, Thornleigh, Castle Hill, Kenthurst, Galston-Glenorie, Normanhurst, Pennant Hills and Beecroft will come together to play fun, fast cricket with music and lots of activity at the one venue.

Details are:

  • When – Starting (10th, 11th and 13th October – ending 28th, 29th November and 1st December)
  • Where – Thornleigh Oval
  • Time – 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
  • Cost – $100 plus you can use your Active Kids voucher so the cost can be $0

How do I register?

Register via our website Registration page or contact Suzanna or Grant Colburt at here or by phone: Grant: 0413 594 077 / Suzanna: 0413 594 082.

Association School Holidays Clinic

The highly acclaimed Coaching Clinics run by the Association Coaches’ Association (led by Bruce Wood) are on again in the October School Holidays. The Coaches’ Association has now run 50 successful Clinics. They are highly recommended by our Club.

The Coaches’ Association are running 2 Clinics at Mark Taylor Oval (Waitara) and George Thornton Reserve.

Details are:

Who can participate?

These clinics are designed for boys and girls aged from 6 – 14 years and they cater for all standards from beginners to representative level players.


Program 1:

  • Where – Mark Taylor Oval (Waitara)
  • When – Wednesday 2nd October & Thursday 3rd October
  • Time – 8.30 am to 2.00 pm

Program 2

  • George Thornton Reserve (WPH)
  • When – Tuesday 8th October & Thursday 9th October
  • Time – 8.30 am to 2.00 pm


  • $120 / Clinic or $170 for 2 clinics

More information

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Season start

Junior Blasters (formerly known as Kanga)

Registrations remain open and we encourage you to register as soon as possible to play in the same Team as your mates. Key dates are:

  • Information Night (Parents) – Tuesday 24 September 2019
  • Program starts – Saturday 12th October @ Edward Bennett Oval

Juniors Boys

Starts on Saturday 14th September. Teams will be advised where and when they are playing by their Team Managers.

Girls Cricket

Registrations remain open and the season will start in the first week of October. Like the boys, details are being worked on but the Competition is likely to start on the first weekend in October.

Seniors (All Age)

Key dates for your schedule are:

Season start

  • T20 Competition will be played over the following dates:
    • Saturday 14th September
    • Saturday 21st September
  • Regular Season starts on Saturday 28th September

Team selections

T20 Teams have been selected and everyone should now have been contacted by their Team Captain about the details for the first game next weekend.

Teams for the 1st Round of the main comp in 2 weeks are being finalised and players will be advised by next weekend.

Team Entrances


  • 1st Grade:
    • (Blue) – Justin Paterson
    • (Red) – Andy Meikle
  • 2nd Grade – Michael Gunn
  • 3rd Grade:
    • (Blue) – Steve Quanborough
    • (Red) – Rob Knapman
  • 4th Grade:
    • (Blue) – Steve Burrows
    • (Red) – Indranil Mukherjee
  • 5th Grade:
    • (Blue) – Mike Kinchington
    • (Red) – Rob Hanich

Season Competition

Congratulations to our Captains for the main season:

  • A1 Grade – Justin Paterson (23rd A1 Captain)
  • A2 Grade – Andy Meikle
  • B1 Grade – Michael Gunn
  • B2 Grade – Rick Turner
  • C1:
    • Red – Rob Knapman
    • Blue – Phill Hando
  • C2 Grade Indranil Mukherjee
  • C3 – Steve (Buzz) Burrows
  • D1:
    • Red – Ian Digby
    • Rob Hanich


Seniors Train at the WPH Sports Club nets on Wednesday and Fridays between 5.00 pm and dusk. Training starts when Daylight Savings comes in.


On-line Registrations are open. To register, please use the following link: here


  • Junior Blasters (5 to 7 years) – OPEN
  • Junior Girls:
    • Girls Only Master Blasters – OPEN
    • U13s – OPEN
    • U15s – OPEN
    • U17s – OPEN
  • Juniors Boys:

Registrations are CLOSED for all Age Groups. Final Team Registrations are:

  • Master Blasters (U8) – 5 Teams (5 last season)
    • U9 – 5 (6 last season)
    • U10 – 6 (4)
    • U11 – 5 (4)
    • U12 – 5 (5)
    • U13 – 4 (5)
    • U14 – 5 (3)
    • U15 – 3 (1)
    • U16 – 1 (2)

Total        39 (35)

  • Seniors (All Age) – OPEN

For the Diary


The Academy will again be operating this season. This has been very popular over the last couple of years and we will again be working with elite 1st Grade and First Class cricketers to provide specialist coaching.

Skills Clinics

We will also be running again the Skills Clinics for our Junior Boys and Girls throughout the season. These Clinics are free and run throughout the season where our Juniors get high quality coaching that is an add-on to the normal Team based coaching.

Country Carnivals

One of the privileges of playing for West Penno is that we are the only Club side in NSW that is invited to participate in Country Carnivals during the New Year period in early January. These are very popular and we see long term friendship develop between players and parents afer what is a wonderful week away in our Country areas. The Carnivals are:

  • U14s – Tamworth JCU Carnival
  • U15s – Walter Taylor Shield (Armidale)
  • U16 Stan Austin Cup (Taree)

Sydney Sixers membership

Included in the Registration form is an option to become Sydney Sixers Members. This is your choice to accept or decline to opportunity. It is though worth noting the benefits of Membership:

  • Benefits:
    • Discounts of $5 for single membership and $15 for families
    • Club priority for donation requests (Please note we are expecting an increase in Club Partners this season, so we highly recommend registering if you think that you may need any donations to ensure that you don’t miss out)
    • W/BBL team signed bat.
    • Entry to 3 matches (including Sydney Smash).
    • Blast Squad on-field opportunity during home games.

So if you would like to signup it is as easy as doing so when you register.

New Constitution

One to look out for is a Special General Meeting to consider a new Constitution to replace the Model Form we have had since the early 1980s.

Since our Cub became an incorporated body all those years ago, we adopted the Model Constitution under the Act which with our growth/development since has now become somewhat irrelevant to our needs.

A revised, updated document has now been prepared and has been approved by the Executive Committee. For this to be adopted, the law requires it to be presented and approved at a special general meeting of members for which they have been given 21 day’s notice.

All members, who attend the meeting, may vote provided they are financial and over 18 years of age. The formal notice, showing venue, time, date and attaching the new constitution document, will be sent to you in the coming weeks.

Please understand that the only business allowed at that meeting will be a motion to adopt the new constitution as submitted.

More information will follow on this so stay tuned.

Major Award

NSW Cricket Club of the Year

CNSW selected our Club as their nomination for the 2019 NSW Community Sports Awards – here

Our selection as NSW Club of the year is the 2nd time in 3 years we have received this prestigious award.

We are both thrilled and humbled to be CNSW’s nomination for the following major Awards:

  • Distinguished Long Service Award – Barry McDonald
  • Community Club of the Year – WPHCCC

Australian Cricket Club of the Year nomination

Cricket NSW has also advised us recently that we have been selected by the Sydney Sixers Metro Community Cricket team for Community Cricket Club of the Year for the annual A Sport for All Awards held by Cricket Australia. They commented that:

“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.”

Cricket Australia announced at the end of May that Quinns Rock Cricket Club in Perth was the worthy winner of this Award but to be the NSW nomination for Australian level recognition was a fantastic acknowledgement of what everyone in our Club has contributed to.

Distinguished Long Service Award

During the 2019 NSW Community Sports Awards, Barry McDonald was awarded a Distinguished Long Service Award. He was one of 20 amazing recipients and photos of the night are on the website Photo Gallery (Miscellaneous photos). What was special on the night is that Barry was invited by the CEO of SportNSW to speak on behalf of all the Recipients. He reason for this honour is that Barry’s CV was seen as the most impressive of an impressive group of people – here

When asked to speak on behalf of the 20 Distinguished Long Service Award recipients, Barry McDonald, who has volunteered with the West Pennant Hills Cricket Club for 34 years, shared this about spending so long in grassroots sport:

“It’s a very simple message – we get more out of doing it than what we put in”