News – 11 October 2020

Kingsgrove Sports Special Discount day

Kingsgrove Sports, our long-term supporter, is offering great discounts for the purchase of all cricket playing equipment – clothing, bats and protective equipment.

In addition to the standard Discount everyone from our Club gets we have a special day allocated to us where we get a higher discount and go into the draw for some quality memorabilia. Details of the special offer are:

  • When – Thursday 15th October (all day)
  • Where – Kingsrove Sports, Northmead (570 Church Street, Nth Parramatta)
  • Time – all day – 9.00 am to 7.30 pm on Thursday

All you need to do is to say that you are from West Penno and you get a special discount over and above the already good discount. Plus you go into a draw for some valuable memorabilia.

Registrations are filling fast

The Season starts on 24th October. Registrations can be accessed via the following link – here

Please don’t delay as Age Divisions are being closed as places fill.

Registration Status (as at 15th October 2020)

  • Juniors (mixed):
    • Junior Blasters (5 to 7 years) – OPEN
    • Master Blasters (8 to 9 years) – CLOSED
    • Master Blasters – Girls Only – OPEN
    • U10 – CLOSED
    • U11 – CLOSED
    • U12 – CLOSED
    • U13 – CLOSED
    • U14 – OPEN
    • U15 – CLOSED
    • U17 – OPEN
  • Girls:
    • U13 – OPEN
    • U15 – OPEN
    • U17 – OPEN
  • Seniors: OPEN

Season start

We are now just 9 days (Thursday 15/10) away from the first game or put another way, 1 more training session!

Active Kids Voucher

Active Kids Vouchers for $100 are available, through the registration process, for every registration under 18 years of age.

We have just clocked over our 403rd Registration using the Active Kids Voucher. This means that West Penno families have saved $40,300 in Rego fees so far.

COVID – Return to playing Conditions

As at the time of writing (11/10) the Association is about to release details of CovidSafe Playing conditions. Once released we will give all Coaches / Managers / Seniors Captains a full briefing. But, in the meantime, the following protocols from CNSW (released 30th September) will be very close to the final policy.

The Association has made it clear that these will be Policy requirements and not guidelines. We are also aware that NSW Health will be undertaking Audits with ground visits and penalties for non-compliance including potentially suspension of the competition so this is important.

The CNSW commitments are:

Hygiene & Social Distancing

  • Participants should disinfect their hands with an alcohol-based disinfectant whenever entering or exiting the field.
  • There is to be no spitting or clearing of nasal passages at before, during or after matches.
  • Team huddles, shaking hands, giving high fives and other physical contact is to be avoided.
  • Participants and spectators should maintain a social distance of 1.5m from other people not in their household.
  • Participants and spectators are encouraged to not spend any unnecessary time at the venue either before or after the match.


  • Neither saliva nor sweat shall be purposefully applied to the ball.
  • The ball shall be cleaned with an alcohol-based disinfectant wipe at every scheduled break in play including drinks breaks, tea breaks and lunch breaks.(1 – see footnote below)
  • In the instance that saliva has been applied to the ball, it shall be immediately wiped with an alcohol-based disinfectant wipe. (2)
  • At the fall of a wicket or a break in play, the ball shall be rolled near or placed next to stumps at the non-striker’s end. (3)
  • Umpires shall not be required to handle or otherwise touch the ball. (4).


  • The sharing of any equipment should be minimised wherever possible.
  • Shared equipment shall be cleaned with detergent and an alcohol-based disinfectant before and after each use by a participant. (5 & 6)
  • Players and officials should disinfect their hands before and after handling or disinfecting any shared equipment.
  • Players shall bring to the match their own personal items including drink bottles, food, sunscreen etc.


  • Umpires shall not be required to handle players’ apparel. (7)
  • Clothing items not being worn by a bowler may be left 3m beyond the nearest boundary OR at the top of the bowler’s run up directly behind the stumps.
  • If the ball strikes an item of the bowler’s apparel that has been placed on the ground, penalty runs shall not be recorded, and dead ball shall not be called.
  • The fielding team may continue to place helmet that is not in use behind the stumps at the striker’s end – the usual penalty runs, and dead ball, shall apply.
  • A batter shall continue to wear a helmet that they have brought onto the field of play whenever they are on strike


1). It is recommended that a drinks break be scheduled every 40 minutes for this purpose and to also ensure the adequate hydration of all participants

2) This process may also be necessary in the instance where a spectator or passer-by handles or touches the ball.

3) In the event of inclement weather, the ball should be placed inside a plastic “clip-lock” bag or an alternative waterproof container.

4) An umpire may request the fielding team to present and display the ball from a safe distance for a periodic visual inspection.

5) This includes items used to assist with umpiring and scoring.

6) Particular care should be given to helmets and it is recommended that at least 4 helmets are used in rotation to permit thorough disinfecting between users.

7) Players shall always be responsible for their own attire and teammates shall not handle or hold attire on behalf of other players. Further guidance can be obtained at


WPHC Academy:

Juniors – CLOSED

Girls – OPEN

Wow! Our acclaimed Academy has been an amazing success. After 2 weeks, the Junior Boys has been closed with our cap of 18 players being increased to 24 players due to demand.

We still have some spots for our Girls only so don’t delay.

Our Academy has established a reputation for excellence with many of the best Coaches in Sydney involved and is unique among Community Clubs in Sydney. The Academy provides specialist coaching over 10 weeks and the testimonials are consistently acknowledge excellence. We are the only Club in the Association and one of the few in Sydney that offers its own Academy.

Our Coaches are among the best around: Premier 1st Grade players, Women’s BBL and our own Level 2 and Level 1 Coaches.

The cost is just $225 for 10 weeks. That is $22.50 / 90 minute session. This is ridiculously cheap and compares to similar privately run Academies that change between $800 – $1,000 for a lesser quality product.

Details are:

  • Start date – Monday 12th October
  • Ages: Girls – U11 to U17s
  • Cost: just $225 for 10 weeks – a ridiculously cheap $22.50 for 90 minutes coaching from the best coaches in Sydney.

How do I find out more?

Check out website link that has all the details – here under Coaching.

Want more information then contact our Girls Directors: Grant & Suzanna Colburt: here

Women & Girls Cricket

Master Blaster – Girls Only (aged 7 to 10 years)

After the great success last season the Girls Only Master Blaster program is on again this season. Games are run in local Hubs (our hub is Thornleigh Oval) with Girls from:  West Penno / Cherrybrook, Normanhurst/ Warrawee, Beecroft, Pennant Hills, Thornleigh & Castle Hill.

Details are:

  • When:
    • Friday’s from 30th October to 11th December
    • Restarting 29th January to 12th March
  • Time: 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
  • Where: Thornleigh Oval
  • Cost: $100 for the pre-Christmas season and $150 for the full season

Girls Sixers Cricket League


Registrations are open. Details are:

  • Start date: Saturday 24th October
  • Ages: combined ages 10 to 13 years
  • Registration: go to our Rego page here

Games use a hard ball. 9 players/team, 18m pitch, 45m boundary – shorter pitch and smaller boundary = more balls in play to be hit and fielded supporting better skill development for all players. 20 overs, approximately 3 hours. Games are played on Saturday afternoons on local fields.

U15s & U17s

Details are:

  • Start date: Saturday 24th October
  • Ages: the cut-off date is 31 August. So, to play U15 you need to be 14 years or younger as at 31 August 2020.
  • Registration: same as the Girls U13s

Season start


  • Start date – 24th October to 19th December (9 weeks) then January 30th to 6th March (8 weeks)
  • Semi Finals & Grand Finals – 14th to 21st March

The Association has adopted a 100% compliance to CA Junior formats across all age groups. This mainly affects Master Blasters, U9s & U11s. More detail will come on this.

Team Entrances

We are again nominating 39 Teams, the same as last season, with the potential for 40 if we get a few more registrations for Master Blasters.

This is remarkable in the current environment. What makes this even more noteworthy is that where the numbers in each Team are now lower (e.g.; 9 players in U10s to U12s) we have kept our numbers unchanged to provide a buffer for each team so that there are no shortages.

Helmet policy

The wearing of a helmet is now be mandatory for all players facing medium / fast bowling; fielding within 7 metres of the bat; wicket keeping up to the stumps.


Team Entrances

The Association will determine the Grades we play in but we have nominated 12 Teams:

  • A1 Grade (1 x Team)
  • A2 Grade (x 1)
  • B1 (x 1)
  • B2 (x 1)
  • C1 (x 2)
  • C2 (x 2)
  • C3 (x2)
  • D1 (x 1)
  • D2 (x 1)
  • Total = 12 Teams

We have the potential to enter 13 Teams but this depends on people registering to confirm commitment.


To be covered by Insurance every player needs to be registered so by attending training and games without being registered is an avoidable risk. Also, we have a record number of players this season with every Team having around 13 – 15 players nominated. Selection preference will be given to financial players.

That said, if anyone is doing it tough then just let you Captain, Rick Turner or Ross A know and we will work out an arrangement so that no one misses out on playing.

Discount ends

Rego fees have a $50 discount. After the first game all fees increase by $50 so this is another incentive to become financial.


While selections are usually very good, with over 170 players and 12 Teams our Selectors are going to get some wrong. Have patience with this as we get this fixed up after a couple of games.

Players will be advised of Selections during this week (commencing 11 October) but things may change due to:

  • Association Team Gradings
  • Association Player Ratings that determines what Grades players are allowed to play in
  • Number of Teams we enter. We are currently entering 12 Teams but are close to 13 Teams so depending on what happens will affect Team selections.

Season structure

  • Start date – 24th October to 19th December with a 2 week break staring up again on 9th January
  • No T20 Competition
  • Helmet policy applies
  • Season format:
    • 12 games (Vs the 14 in a normal season)
    • 4 x 1-day games
    • 7 x 2 day games
    • Breaks:
      • Last game before Christmas – 19th December
      • Re-start – 9th January 2021
    • Hybrid ‘Semi-Finals’. To be determined but likely to be say 1 V8, 2 Vs 7 and so on
    • Final – 1 Vs 2 likely to be on 3rd & 4th April

From this season, the Association unanimously agreed to implement the helmet approach as a Policy and not part of the Rules. Batters not wearing a helmet will effectively be given Out – Timed Out.

Clothing requirements

Everyone is required please to wear a Club playing shirt and cap / sun hat – other Club kit or old favourites is not acceptable – for obvious reasons.

All Club clothing, including Training shirts can be purchased via the Club Rego page.

Jane Bish is bringing all clothing orders to the Sports Club nets next Saturday (17th October)  between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm.

Game availability

We understand that players can’t play every game – holidays, study, HSC, work and this is the reason we choose 14 / 15 players per side. All we ask, please is that you let your Captain know at least the week before a game so that arrangements can be made. What doesn’t go down well is a call the morning of a match of unavailability.


Our website is updated at least weekly and has all the important Club News and stories. For breaking News you need to ‘Like’ us on Facebook. We have 730 people following us and this is the main source of finding about breaking items.

Once the season starts we use TeamApp that allows us to have Live score updates. It is also used for breaking Team based News. More on this later but it is something we should all have access to so that you don’t miss anything.

Return to the Club

All Clubs are doing it tough now and the WPH Sports Club is no exception. They have been great supporters of ours over many years and even funded our nets that cost over $150,000. Now is the time that we can support them. After games, everyone is encouraged to come back to a CovidSafe environment to share a drink, soft drink, bowl of chips if only for a short time. This is also where we build such a strong Club culture of One Club and not a group of Team solos.

It is easy to become a Member of the Sports Club here and the cost is just $10 for the year. It also saves having to sign-in every time you come to the Club.

Playing equipment

In the ‘old days’ (last season), we had Club kits with protective equipment, bats, gloves and so on. In a CovidSafe world the Club kit will be no longer. It will just have stumps, maybe an old bat, cricket balls and ground markers. Every player is also required, by Association policy, to wear a helmet when batting. So if you don’t have gear then make sure you buy some before the 1st game.


Pre-season training finishes next Saturday and the first game is on Saturday 24th October. Training starts on Thursday 28th October and every Thursday thereafter. Details are:

  • When: Thursday
  • Time: 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
  • Where: WPH Sports Club nets

Our Women – Achievements

Congratulations to Lisa Sthalekar our latest high achieving woman. Lisa has been Inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame – more on Lisa below. This is yet another achievement in a long list of Club achievements. It is worth a moment to reflect on what a great Club we are all part of:

  • NSW Community Cricket Club of the Year (2nd time in 3 years);
  • Community Cricket Club of the Year (Australia) 2018/19 – Runner-up;
  • Young Community Leader of the Year (Australia) 2020 – Winner
  • SportsNSW Distinguished Long Service Award 2019

Regarding our Women who continue to star:

  • Lisa Sthalakar (U10s to U16s) – ICC Hall of Fame (2020); MCC Honorary Life Member (2015); 4 x Winner of the Belinda Clarke Medal – here
  • Danielle Chivers (Girls U17 plus Head Coach – Junior Blasters) – Australian Young Community Leader of the Year 2020 (winner)
  • Lauren Kua (Girls U17) – U18 Australian U18 Women’s squad (2019/20)
  • Denise Annetts (Team Coach 2010 to 2016 & Association Patron) – Hall of Fame, MCC (Lords) Honorary Life Membership, Melbourne Cricket Club Honorary Life Member; SCG Honorary Life Membership.