News – 12 September 2020

Registrations are OPEN

Registrations for the 2020/21 season are now open and can be accessed via the following link – here

Season start

We are now just 41 days (as at Sunday 13/09) away from the first game. So while football is still in full swing the cricket season is almost with us. To make sure you get into a Team and also one with your friends don’t leave it too late. 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. Last season, 467 of our families (74% of all Junior registrations) used this Voucher for $46,700 that went to WPHC families. Best practice is 81% so let’s beat this and use this funding support.


Congratulations to Lisa Sthalekar (pictured on our banner photo) our latest high achieving woman who played with us from U10s to U16s. Lisa has been Inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame – more on Lisa below. This is yet another achievement in a long list of recent Club achievements. It is worth a moment to reflect on the 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) – 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.

Key dates

  • Season start – 24th October
  • Training – we can train at any open nets in groups of 10 people (max) with social distancing applying.

Girls Cricket

Sydney Sixers Girls Only Holiday Program

The CovidSafe holiday program has been developed by the Sydney Sixers in partnership with the HK&HDCA Coaches Association specifically for girls aged 5-12, with the aim of giving them a taste of Cricket mixed with fun activities such as dance competitions and much, much more.

All girls aged 5-12 are welcome with no experience required, so if you’ve ever thought about giving cricket a go this is the perfect opportunity!


  • Date: Tuesday 29th September, 2020
  • Times: 9am – 3pm
  • Where: Auluba Oval, South Turramurra
  • Ages: 5-12
  • Price: $50

Registration – go to: here and search ‘Cricket for females near Turramurra’ and choose ‘Sydney Sixers Holiday Program – Hornsby’

Master Blaster – Girls Only (aged 7 to 12 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.

Training arrangements

The following info are restrictions that have been set by for all Cricket Clubs across Australia.

It is vital that anyone attending understands individual responsibilities before attending training.

Some other key points are:

  • All players, coaches and volunteers must sign in via a digital attendance register that will be established and advised prior to training
  • Ideally bring your own cricket ball but if that’s not possible it must stay with you for the session before being placed in a bag after being wiped down
  • No throwing the ball back to the bowler, aim to tap it back along the ground as much as possible
  • No shining the ball with saliva
  • No handshaking, hi fives or hugs
  • Physical distancing must be adhered to at all times
  • Maximum of 5 people per net at any one time
  • Must arrive at training as ready to go as possible e.g.: shoes on etc. Use the mantra ‘Get In, Train, Get Out’
  • Everyone must read and understand the ‘return to train’ guidelines – here
  • All players must have their own equipment – no sharing of gloves, pads or helmets
  • Everyone must have their own water bottle
  • All players should bring their own sanitiser if possible and wash their hands regularly
  • Try to avoid touching your own face
  • No one is to attend training if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has had COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • No one is to attend training if they have been to Victoria or come into contact with someone from Victoria in the past 14 days
  • We strongly recommend that everyone download the COVIDSafe app and have it active throughout all sessions.

Finally, we have our own QR Code that will need to be used by anyone attending a Club Event – training, games, any function with 10 people or more.

Association Coaches Association

The Association Coaches Association is a not for profit organisation with a reputation for coaching Excellence that we recommend.

Clinics are being held in September / October 2020 at Mark Taylor Oval, Waitara – see flyerhere


  • Who can go – boys and girls aged from 6 – 14 years and they cater for all standards from beginners to representative level players.
  • When:
    • Wednesday 30th September & Thursday 1st October
    • Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th October
  • Time –a 8.30 am to 2.00 pm
  • Cost – $120 / clinic or $170 for two Clinics
  • Registrationhere

We recommend these Clinics that have been since 2010/11 and have established a reputation for Excellence at a low cost.

EPL Fantasy League

For a bit of fun, Rick Turner, our Seniors Director, has created a WPHCCC Fantasy Premier league for those interested in the English Premier League.

Joining the league couldn’t be easier. Simply use the link below and you’ll be added automatically after you’ve entered the game.

  • here
  • League Code: dt949f

Significant Awards

Danielle Chivers:

National winner, ‘Young Community Leader of the Year’ & 

CNSW ‘Young Community Leader of the Year’

On 21 May 2020, Cricket Australia selected Dani Chivers (pictured left in the Banner photo together with Ellen Hall) as the national ‘Young Community Leader of the Year’. Danielle topped list ahead of 5 other State nominations making her the highest ranked Young Community Leader in Australia.

To reach this distinguished level, Cricket NSW announced (13 May 2020) that Danielle was named the Young Community Leader of the Year! Her achievements, among many, are:

  • Dani is a key member of our Schools Clinic/ Coaching teams
  • is actively involved in Blowfly Cricket
  • Is a Coach in the HK&HDCA Coaching Program run by the legendary Bruce Wood
  • Last season she won the Association Rookie Coach of the Year Award
  • Her playing record is also outstanding. Playing cricket for our Sixers Girls Cricket League and won the prestigious Lisa Sthalekar Award as the outstanding Girls cricketer for 2019/20.

The prestigious ‘A Sport for All’ Awards run by Cricket Australia are the highest honour a volunteer can receive and Dani has taken out one of only 3 individual categories. We have over 275 active volunteers who all do an amazing job to support our Club and Dani is a great representative of what our club is all about.

Well done Dani – we are very proud of your achievements.

Major Club Award – Presidents Award

Rob Hanich

We have over 275 active Volunteers with everyone making a significant contribution. To be acknowledged as the outstanding Volunteer of the Year is something special.

Outside Life Membership, the ‘President’s Award’ is the most prestigious Award that is available in our Club. The Award acknowledges the most outstanding Volunteer effort for our Club over the last season, also taking into account long service and outstanding contribution.

Rob is Deputy Juniors Director, Club Vice President, Seniors D1 Captain. Add to this, Juniors Secretary of the Association for a 2nd season plus being a former Club Juniors Director (2016-19), Junior Coach and Age Convenor. These are amazing contributions not just for this season but over many years.

Well done and well deserved Rob.

SBS Life Time Community Service Award

Congratulations to Sreeni Pillamarri (C2 and Executive Committee Member) who was announced as runner up in the SBS ‘Life Time Community Service Awards’ (26th May 2020).

His contribution is amazing. Apart from his volunteer effort with our Club, Sreeni is a Board Member of Radio station Alive 90.5 FM, former President of the Telugu Association and United India Association.

In 2018 he organised and walked from Parramatta to Canberra in the ‘Walk for Farmers’ to support drought stricken farmers. This year he organised a major funding raising for the SFS volunteers during the bushfires.

This is outstanding and is yet another example of what makes our Club great – the depth and quality of our amazing volunteers in all capacities.

Well done Sreeni – we are proud of you.