News – 4 October 2020

Registrations are filling fast

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

Please don’t delay and put off registering if you want to play as the window is closing with a 2 x Grades already closed with more closures this week.

Registration Status (as at 8th October 2020)

  • Juniors (mixed):
    • Junior Blasters (5 to 7 years) – OPEN
    • Master Blasters 8 to 9 years) – 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 20 days (as at Sunday 04/10) away from the first game or put another way, 2 more training sessions!

In Juniors especially, once Team numbers are full, Rego’s are closed so….don’t miss out by delaying.

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 378th Registration using the Active Kids Voucher. This means that West Penno families have saved $37,800 in Rego fees so far. So….make sure you register asap to ensure you get to play with your mates and let’s tip this saving up over $40,000.

Kingsgrove Sports – Special offer Gear purchases

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

If you are buying any equipment then go no further than Kingsgrove Sports store at Northmead.

All you need to do is to say that you are from West Penno and you get a significant discount on already low priced gear. We are also set to announce 2 designated days where a further discount is being offered exclusively to our folk plus go into a draw for some valuable memorabilia. The first full day is likely to be on Saturday 17th October and this will be confirmed.

The standard discount is available now. Details of the special discount days will be advised shortly.

COVID – Return to playing Conditions

Cricket Australia and CNSW released details of playing Conditions in a CovidSafe environment. More information on this will follow from the Association but the latest information (30 September 2020) is:

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 here


WPHC Academy:

Juniors – CLOSED

Girls – OPEN

Wow! We open our acclaimed Academy 2 weeks ago and have already reached our cap of 18 Juniors with a waiting list now in place.

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

Our Academy has established a reputation for excellence with many of the best Coaches in Sydney involved. 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.

We start on Monday 12th October – 2 weeks before the season to give our players a head start. The Academy runs weekly until 4th December. We have a break over Christmas /New Year. The final 2 sessions are on the 1st & 8th February 2021.

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: Boys & Girls – U11 to U17s

How do I find out more?

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

Want more information then contact:

  • Juniors – Steve Burrows: here
  • Girls – Grant & Suzanna Colburt: here

Level 1 (Community Coaching) Accreditation

We are again running a free Community Coaching (Level 1) coaching accreditation program for WPHC folk. There are only 3 Levels of Accreditation: Level 1 (Community), Level 2 & Level 3. We have a session at Edward Bennett Oval and WPHC folk will get first go at this sort after accreditation before it opens to the general public. Details are:

  • When:             Sunday 18th October 2020
  • Where: Edward Bennett Oval
  • Time: 00 am to 1.00 pm
  • Cost: $Nil

Who should attend?

All Coaches are encouraged to enrol. You will get a formal Coaching accreditation and learn the skills and techniques to make Training sessions interesting and bring your players to the next level.

How do I register?

  1. Register for a CA coach ID number on the website here (register button is on the right hand side of the screen)
  2. Complete the necessary steps.
  3. When finished, copy the ‘CA Coach ID number’ from the confirmation email you receive (you will need it to complete Q5 in the registration form below).
  4. Click on the link to complete the registration form: 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.

Helmet policy

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


  • Start date – 24th October to 19th December with a 2 week break staring up again on 9th January
  • No T20 Competition
  • Helmet policy applies
  • Semi Finals and Grand Finals – 13th to 28th March
  • Season format:
    • 4 x 2-day games to start the season
    • 1 x 1-day game (19th December)
    • 1 x 1-day games to 23rd January finishing with 2 day games until season end (13th March)

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.

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.