News – 14 August 2022

Coming up

  • On-line Registrations – OPEN
  • Seniors Club training started – Sunday 31st July @ John Purchase Oval starting at noon
  • Season start 2022/23 season – Saturday 10th September


Registration via the following links:

The new PlayHQ system that replaces MyCricket is now live and is being used for all Registrations. The major change is that CA is moving away from a unique MyCricketID to an email address that will be sole identifier.

Merchandise ordering

This season we now using a new way of ordering merchandise – playing & training shirts, caps and hats. The new system requires you to order clothing through Kingsgrove Sports Order merchandise – here – a simple process using this link.

The simple process is covered on the Rego landing page and allows you to view and purchase in store and online.

To collect you will need to either pop into the Nth Parramatta store or Kingsgrove will arrange for a courier to your door at a small delivery charge.

Role of Women and Girls in our Club

CNSW recently released an interview with Kirsty Newbury, our Club’s Diversity & Inclusion’ Manager, in a series ‘Wicket Wisdom’ where she talks to women about their experience in cricket Clubs. It is a series that aims to inspire women and girls to give volunteering in cricket clubs a go.

The interview is inspiring both about the role and contribution of women and it is especially great to see also the callout that Kirsty makes of Suz and Grant Colburt, the folks behind the scenes in the Girls and a supportive Club Executive Committee and the direction our Club is heading.

If you are a female, of any age, and interested in putting back into the Community then this is a must listen to interview – listen here

T20 World Cup – ‘Squads’ initiative

The Men’s T20 World Cup kicks-off on 16 October and runs until 13 November. In brief:

  • 45 matches played across Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
  • Australia drawn with New Zealand, England and Afghanistan in addition to two teams who get through from Round 1
  • Final to be played at the MCG on November 13
  • First time Australia have ever hosted the pinnacle men’s event for T20 cricket

Cricket Australia has set up a great initiative called ‘Squads’. This is an initiative where people supporters for each of the participating countries can be part of a national supporters group. To find out more check out the following links:

Check out the links and be part of the build-up – THIS IS YOUR SQUAD V3

Cricket Australia acknowledgement

Cricket Australia recently sent us a congratulatory note:

“….playing a vital role in the amazing growth of women and girls playing the game over the last four years.”

 With input from Cricket NSW, and national participation data from Cricket Australia, WPHCCC has been identified as one of a group of clubs in Australia with the potential to further grow girls’ participation.”

After recently winning the national ‘Women’s & Girls initiative of the Year” this is further great recognition of both the health of Girls cricket in our Club but also that Girls cricket is on the move nationally and especially in our Club.


Association Award winners

Congratulations to our Association Award winners from last season who receive their Awards this coming Tuesday night:

  • A2 Premiers – premiership caps
  • D2 Premiers – premiership caps
  • Jack Hando – A2 Bowling
  • Vedant Virmani – C3 bowling average
  • Arun Chaudhuri – D2 batting average

Well done.

Lisa Sthalekar

Great news that our former WPHC Junior, Lisa Sthalekar, has been appointed President of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association – the first woman to take on this role – Read here .

The position has previously been held by former South Africa batter Barry Richards, former West Indies all-rounder Jimmy Adams, and most recently by former England batter Vikram Solanki. Lisa played for us from the U10s to U16s (1989 to 1995). Well done Lisa.

Kirsty Newbury

Well done Kirsty our being chosen to participate in a 7-week program on ‘Women Leader’s in Sport (WLIS) Program’ through the Australian Institute of Sport. Kirsty is our Diversity & Inclusion Officer and has done great things for Girls cricket in our Club.

This will give Kirsty the opportunity to strengthen our offering to the girls in time for this coming season. It will also give Kirsty the opportunity to connect with other women leading through sport all around the country.

Well done Kirsty.

Positions vacant

Our Club only exists thanks to the wonderful volunteers who make everything possible for our players to enjoy their season.

We are reaching out to fill several roles that all have volunteers who will be moving on as their children move on from Juniors soon. These volunteers will guide anyone interested in assisting- most require a very minimal amount of time, but are vital to the running of the Junior Club, plus give you a greater understanding of how the Club runs – plus  a great deal of satisfaction for being part of the team that puts the kids out on the park each week.

If you would like to contribute and can offer your help, please contact me – here or 0478 965255 to discuss what is involved.

  • Assistant Grounds Coordinator – (booking grounds through Council)
  • Yearbook Coordinator – (collating team reports for our printer)
  • Clothing Coordinator – (ordering clothing from our supplier)
  • Academy Coordinator – (communicating to participants)
  • Team Photo Coordinator – (rostering team photos)
  • Assistant Registrar – (collating registrations into age groups)
  • Under 13 Age Coordinator – (communicating info to U13 Team contacts)
  • Under 15 Age Coordinator – (communicating info to U15 team contacts)

Greenway Park Community Centre – latest news on funding

Good news from Hornsby Shire Council that they have been “successful with an allocation of $1,370,000 towards the Greenway Park Sports Hub.”

This means combined with the first grant we have secured a total of $2,350,000 for:

  • Tiered seating facing lower oval
  • Dedicated female and male public toilets (converting existing change-rooms)
  • Dedicated disability toilet (converting a section of the groundsman’s shed)
  • Connecting pathways
  • Dedicated storage
  • Change-rooms (2 x large mode able to be converted to 4 x medium / small change-room)
  • Canteen
  • Referee room
  • Electrical upgrade
  • Potential for remaining area (and any residual funding) for Multi functional / indoor recreation space

Next steps

As a result Council is meeting with the NSW Office of Sport to discuss how we can secure an extension of time for completing the first stage.

New Girls playing uniform

What an exciting time for Girls Cricket in our Club. This season we are launching a brand new coloured playing uniform (shirt & pants) that features an impressive Indigenous design specific to our local area that has been enthusiastically approved by the local Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation (DCAC).

The playing shirt and Volunteers shirt (reverse colours) is approved by the DCAC for the use of Women and Girls only.

We are having a launch on Sunday 18th September that will involve:

  • Come & Try Day
  • A Darug Elder to explain the design and the responsibilities of everyone who wears the playing gear
  • An Indigenous current WBBL / WTest player to present the clothing to each player
  • Channel 7 is likely to come along and give it coverage
  • Local Councillors and much more.

Stay tuned for more details.

National Community Cricket Awards – Winner

The Community Cricket Awards celebrate the amazing work of volunteers from across the country and provide an opportunity to recognise the best of the best from across the season.

On Thursday 19 May, Cricket Australia announced our Girls as the winners of the ‘Women & Girls Initiative of the Year’ for the amazing work done by our Girls Leadership (Grant & Suz Colburt & Kirsty Newbury). This includes:

  • Leadership program
  • Nutrition seminar
  • Umpiring sessions led by Claire Polosak
  • Festival of Girls cricket at Greenway Park culminating in a Pink Stumps initiative

To quote Kirsty Newbury, our Child Protection Officer:

What an amazing night! We are all pretty excited to have had the program recognised at this level.

We could not have done it without such a supportive team, including Darren McKeon our Stage 3 Coach, and our amazing girls!

 Most of all, to Grant and Suzanna for their commitment to improving outcomes and working tirelessly to create an equal playing field for all girls within our Club and Association.

 Looking forward to backing it up again this coming season.

 This is now the 14th major NSW or Australian award we have won over the last 7 years so this recognition also acknowledges our Volunteers across our Club.

Congratulations on this wonderful achievement.

Association News

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Association AGM was held during the week and congratulations to our Leaders who have alsio been elected to Senior Association Leadership roles:

  • Andrew Miedler – President
  • Rob Hanich – Junior Competition Secretary
  • Paul Byrom – Senior Representative Secretary
  • Joseph Cooray – Junior Representative Secretary

Well done and congratulations.

Junior Club Championship

It is great to win the Junior Club Championship for the 2nd time in succession. Prior to last season the last time we won this Trophy was way back in 2008/09. What makes this special is that after our win in 2008/09 the Association changed the points allocation to make it almost impossible for a large Club to win the Award to level the playing field with smaller Clubs. This win is the result of high percentage of our Teams our ‘finishing high in the order. Our Participation over Results’ policy over many years that has made this possible by strengthening all Teams and supporting it with extensive coaching.

Award winners

Congratulations to our Association Award winners who are the elite performers in their Grade.


  • A2 Grade – Steven Rochow (311 runs @ 28.3)
  • D2 – Arun Chaudhuri (582 runs @ 48.5)
  • U15 – Archie Smith (349 runs @43.6)


  • A2 Grade – Jack Hando (29 wickets @ 8.5) Note: the top 4 places were taken by WPHC players!
  • U17s – Soham Agarwal (20 wickets @ 6.4)

Association record

  • 101 for the A2 Grade 10th wicket by Matt Phillip (47*) & Tanay Hira (47) in the Grand Final.

Juniors (mixed)

Congratulations to the major Award winners who were announced at the Juniors Presentation Day (Saturday 19th March 2022):



  • Junior Player of the Year (John Coulthard Trophy) – Rudhra Iyer
  • Charles Booth Memorial Award (U13) – Finlay Hitchcock
  • Ross Anderson Trophy (Outstanding U11 to U13) – Mitchell Ryle


  • U8 to U11 Volunteer of the Year – Jo Wilson
  • U12 to U16 Volunteer of the Year – Muditha Dissanayake

Congratulations to our Premier’s & Runners-up

Grand Finals were played on Sunday (13/03). Results are:

  • U16/17:
    • Blue 27 lost to Hornsby Green 2/28 – Runners up
  • U14:
    • Blue 144 lost to Oakhill College 9/175 – Runners up
  • U13:
    • Blue 3/170 defeated Hornsby Green 8/26 – Premiers

A special callout to those 5 x Teams that missed out due to all Semi-Finals being abandoned:

  • U16/17 – Red & Gold sides
  • U15 – Blue & Red
  • U12 – White.


Major Award winners


  • Player of the Year (Lisa Sthalekar Trophy) – Olivia McKeon
  • Junior Player of the Year (Tina MacPherson Award) – Maya Singh-Grewel


  • Volunteer of the Year Award – Kirsty Newbury


Seniors Presentation Night

The Seniors Presentation Night, was held on Friday 6th May and was another fabulous celebration of a successful season. It was run for the first time at the Greenway Park Community Centre. Congratulations to our major Award winners:

  • President’s Award (Volunteer Service) – Suz & Grant Colburt and Kirsty Newbury for Service to Girls cricket
  • Player of the YearJack Hando (A2) – 29 wickets @ 9.2
  • Outstanding ProspectLachlan Edwards (D1 Red) – 585 runs @ 53.2 & 17 wickets @ 19.1

Congratulations to these winners of these outstanding awards.

Check out the Photo Gallery to see the photos from the night – Photo Gallery

Champion player points

The top 6 players this season are:

  1. Lachlan Edwards (D1 Red) – 124.5 points
  2. Dylan Bish (C2 Blue) – 90.9
  3. Arun Chaudhuri (D2) – 89.2
  4. Vikas Goel b(D1 Red) – 83.7
  5. Daniel Vink (C3 Blue) – 73.6
  6. Happy Rana (D1 Blue) – 72.3

Season in review


  • Lachlan Edwards lead the way with 585 runs @53.2 in D1, followed by Arun Chaudhuri (582 @48.5 in D2) and Dylan Bish (479 @34.2 in C2 and B2)
  • Lachlan also had the best average
  • Highest score for the season was Connor Hindmarch’s 107no.  That was the club’s 502nd century (after Happy Rana scored the club’s 500th century)
  • Andrew Fielder became only the 2nd player to score 7,000 runs.  Can he catch the GOAT (Ross 8,038)?
  • Rowan Keating (4,011) and Alan Raffel (3,942) moved into the top 20 of all time
  • BTW we’re getting close to 1,000,000 runs for the clubs.  Next year…


  • Jack Hando was the highest wicket taker for the season with 29 @9.2, followed by Shomik (B2), Ravi Gunna (D2) and John Rose (C3) each with 24
  • Zia Ahmed had the best average out of those who took more than 10 wickets – 7.4
  • Jack’s 6/7 in A2 (wow!) were the best figures for the season
  • Eric Junkkari became only the 3rd person to pass 500 wickets
  • Luke Herzog needs just one more wicket to break into the top 20
  • Rowan Keating became the highest wicket taker of all time in A2
  • John Rose is now number 5 on the all time best bowling averages (players taking over 100 wickets).  He also has the 5th best economy


  • Luke Christensen, Ross Smith, Samuel Kirkegard and Steven Rochow tied for the most dismissals on 17.  All keepers
  • Ross took the most catches (17) and Luke the most stumpings (6)
  • Vikas Goal, Lachlan Edwards and Amith Ninan took the most catches as non-keepers

Blowfly Cricket

Channel 10 – The Project story

Check out the News report during the week on Channel’s 10 ‘The Project’ –Blowfly TV item from about 1:43 secs.