News – May 2020
Website updates during the Off-season
While the season is over, lots of things are happening in the background to get ready for next season. Check the website regularly as it is updated with everything you need to know.
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 our Blowfly Cricket initiative
- 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.
COVID-19 – status update
The latest update from CNSW (25 May 2020) follows:
“NSW Government Public Health Order
We have seen over the past couple of weeks changes to the NSW Public Health Order resulting in the relaxation of restrictions for the general public, including public gatherings for up to 10 people.
No matter what guidelines or information any code, including cricket, releases, they must comply with the NSW Public Health Order.
NSW Office of Sport Advice
Following the recent changes to the NSW Public Health Order, the NSW Office of Sport released the following Sport and Recreation Sector Update on Friday 22 May 2020.
The current Public Health Orders do not prevent any sporting organisation from resuming training.
NSW sporting organisations can start training immediately as long as they comply with the current Public Health Orders, including training in maximum groups of 10 people and following the recommended physical distancing measures of 1.5 metres.
Sport Australia / AIS
To assist sporting organisations prepare for a return to training, competitions and programs in a responsible and low risk manner, Sport Australia released a Return to Sport Toolkit on Sunday 24 May 2020. To view the Return to Sport Toolkit and other resources go to www.sportaus.gov.au/return-to-sport.
Australian Cricket Guidelines
To ensure consistency for a return to cricket across Australia, State Cricket Associations along with Cricket Australia have partnered to provide a national cricket response and standardised guidelines for a return to training and playing.
This work is being led by Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Orchard. He is joined by Cricket Australia’s Chief of Sports Medicine Alex Kountouris, and a number of key staff from within Cricket Australia’s Community Cricket and High-Performance departments. Guidelines are being developed for Community Cricket and Elite Cricket.
Cricket NSW continues to liaise and work with other NSW State Sporting Organisations to develop amicable, fair and harmonious guidelines around season changeovers with the intention of sharing these guidelines with NSW Local Councils and local sporting administrators and volunteers
Once NSW SSO Season Changeover Guidelines are finalised, we will share them immediately with all our cricket communities and NSW Local Councils.”
Our Club Executive continues to meet on planning for the season start. As indicated in the commentary above, our season start date will be affected by the negotiations between Cricket Australia & CNSW.
While nothing is known yet it is likely that our season (due to start Saturday 5th September) will be pushed back to October to accommodate a transition from the winter to summer seasons.
The good news is that unlike our winter sports partners we are going to get a much longer season than they have experienced.
Keep reading the website for more current information.
Major Club Award – Presidents Award
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.
Major Award Winners (Juniors) 2019/20
Whilst we were unable to hold our usual Presentation Day for this past Season due to COVID-19, the Junior Committee have still had the difficult task of assessing the many worthy nominations for our Perpetual Awards.
We now take great pleasure in being able to acknowledge our Major Award winners for Season 2019/2020.
John Coulthard Award – Outstanding Junior U16 Player : Shaan Bakshi
Lisa Sthalekar Award – Outstanding Girls Player (Senior): Danielle Chivers
Charles Booth Memorial Award – Outstanding Junior U13 Player: Benjamin Burrows
Tina McPherson Award – Outstanding Girls Player (Junior): Sofia Culas
Ross Anderson Award – Outstanding Junior Player U11: Oscar Honeysett
Volunteer of the Year Awards
Volunteer of the Year (U12-U16): Duminda Thenuwara
Volunteer of the Year (Girls): Neil Jackson
Volunteer of the Year (U8-U11): Mick Dalton
Arthur Souter Award (Players graduating U16 who have played every season from Kanga – U16)
Congratulations to all the Award winners.
Major Award winners (Seniors) 2019/20
With the Seniors Presentation cancelled due to COVID-19 we don’t have any formal end of season recognition for outstanding achievement. Our 2 Major Awards though are still being made and trophies will be awarded once the season start is known.
Congratulations to our major Award winners:
Player of the Year
Michael Richards (A1).
Michael won the prestigious Award for taking 28 wickets @ 14.7 to be our top A1 wicket taker + 2nd highest wicket taker in the Club. This is also the 2nd time he has won the Award (2015/16) plus winning the Charles Booth Memorial Award (U13s) in 2005/06.
Alastair Fullerton (D1 Blue)
Alastair won the prestigious ‘Outstanding Prospect’ of the year award by scoring 532 runs @ 59.2 and taking 13 wickets @ 18.6.
Team based awards
We are going to be acknowledging best batting & bowling achievements in all Senior Grades. The winners will be published on the website in May.
Greenway Park Community Centre
Despite the difficult times, there is something to look forward to – our new Community Centre at Greenway Park. We don’t yet know when our season will start but it will and there will be a 2020/21 season.
Way back in March 2018, the Federal Government approved $3.6m in funding to improve Greenway Park (drainage) and build a Community Centre for Greenway Park. This is the result of great collaboration between all major sports in the area – Cricket, AFL, Little A’s, Rugby League and Baseball. Plus the great support or our Local Member – Julian Leeser.
This will be located on the hill between the top and bottom ovals, right next to existing building with viewing access across both grounds. It will also have facilities for meetings, gear storage and functions.
It is being built by Parkwood Modular Constructions and Total Constructions are in the final stages of the lodgement of the Construction Certificate. They will be onsite soon to start the build.
When next season starts those playing at Greenway Park will have access to the viewing deck plus facilities making this an outstanding home ground.
Results of the GF played on Saturday 7 March 2020:
WPHC (Sthalekar) 2nd defeated Thornleigh 4th in the Plate Final.
The 5th placed Annetts Team just missed the Finals by finishing 5th.
Final Competition standings are:
- WPHC Sthalekar – 2nd (45 points)
- WPHC Annetts – =4th (5th on quotient) – 29 points
Congratulations to our Grand Finalists:
WPHC Healy 84 lost to Castled Hill Thunder 2/91
WPHC Perry 4/31 lost to Castle Hill RSL 30 in the Plate Final.
Final Competition standings are:
- WPHC Healy 1st (49 points)
- WPHC Perry – 3rd (43 points)
Grand Final results
- Blue (2nd) 76 lost to Normanhurst-Warrawee (1st) 93
- Orange (3rd) 135 lost to Hornsby (1st) 141
After the last competition Round – 29th February, Team standings:
- U15 /U16s – Orange =2nd (3rd on quotient); Blue 7th; Red 8th; White 10th
- U14s – Red 1st; Purple =2nd (3rd on quotient), Blue 6th; Orange 7th, Green 9th
- U13s – Red 6th, Green 7th, Blue 10th, White 11th
- U12s – Blue 4th; Green 8th; Orange 15th; Gold 17th; Red 19th.
- U11s – Blue 2nd; Orange 3rd; Gold 9th; Red 12th; Green 14th
- U8s to U10s – no competition points allocated.
As mentioned above, the Juniors Presentation has been cancelled. Awards for each Team and major Perpetual Awards will still be presented – the timing and process have yet to be determined. As a minimum, we will use our Club Social Media to let everyone know who won the various awards.
Seniors (All Age)
Presentation Night & Awards
The Senior Presentation Day, scheduled for Friday 1 May 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID 2020.
Award winners for each team have been distributed and our major Award winners have been announced:
- Player of the Year – Michael Richards (A1)
- Outstanding Prospect – (Alastair Fullerton)
Semi-Finals & Grand Finals
Congratulations to our Minor Premiers and Premiers (declared after finishing highest on the Competition table):
- C1 Red (Phill)
- C3 (Buzz)
Commiserations to our Teams that missed out in the Semi Finals – wet weather ensured drawn games meaning our 4 lower placed sides missed out:
- A2 Blue (Gunny)
- C2 (Indranil)
- D1 Blue (Rob)
- D2 (Mike)
Team standings after the final Round (14) follows:
- A1 – 5th (37 points)
- Blue (Gunny) – 3rd (53 points)
- Red (Andy) – 5th (47 points)
- B1 – 6th (38 points)
- B2 – 8th (33 points)
- Red (Phill) = 1st
- Blue (Fieds) – 8th
- C2 – 4th (42 points)
- C3 – 1st (70 points)
- Blue (Rob) – 3rd 48 points)
- Red (Diggers) – 5th (44 points)
- D2 – 3rd (52 points)