News – 1 September 2019

Special Kingsgrove Sports Discount

Our good supporters, Kingsgrove Sports at Nth Parramatta are again offering everyone from our Club a special 10% discount day for 1 day only. Details are:

  • When – Saturday 7th September
  • Where – Kingsgrove Sports 570 Church Street, Nth Parramatta
  • Opening times – 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

What you get

10% off all cricket gear and clothing, except cricket balls and includes cricket bats, just mention you play for WPHCCC.

A good idea would be to go to the Store during the week, choose your bat or shoes….and ask to have it put aside so that you can pay for it on Saturday at the discount price. This way you avoid the queues and get to choose what you like before you pay.

Girls Only Master Blasters

An exciting initiative for Girls cricket is about to start. A Girls-only Cricket Blast Program is starting in October.

There will be a Centre Hub at Thornleigh Oval for girls aged between 7 and 10 years of age. Girls from WPHCCC, Thornleigh, Castle Hill, Kenthurst, Galston-Glenorie, Normanhurst, Pennant Hills and Beecroft will come together to play fun, fast cricket with music and lots of activity at the one venue.

Details are:

  • When – Starting (10th, 11th and 13th October – ending 28th, 29th November and 1st December)
  • Where – Thornleigh Oval
  • Time – 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
  • Cost – $100 plus you can use your Active Kids voucher so the cost can be $0

How do I register?

Register via our website Registration page or contact Suzanna or Grant Colburt at here or by phone: Grant: 0413 594 077 / Suzanna: 0413 594 082.

Association School Holidays Clinic

The highly acclaimed Coaching Clinics run by the Association Coaches’ Association (led by Bruce Wood) are on again in the October School Holidays. The Coaches’ Association has now run 50 successful Clinics. They are highly recommended by our Club.

The Coaches’ Association are running 2 Clinics at Mark Taylor Oval (Waitara) and George Thornton Reserve.

Details are:

Who can participate?

These clinics are designed for boys and girls aged from 6 – 14 years and they cater for all standards from beginners to representative level players.


Program 1:

  • Where – Mark Taylor Oval (Waitara)
  • When – Wednesday 2nd October & Thursday 3rd October
  • Time – 8.30 am to 2.00 pm

Program 2

  • George Thornton Reserve (WPH)
  • When – Tuesday 8th October & Thursday 9th October
  • Time – 8.30 am to 2.00 pm


  • $120 / Clinic or $170 for 2 clinics

More information

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On-line Registrations are open. To register, please use the following link: here


  • Junior Master Blasters (5 to 7 years) – OPEN
  • Junior Girls:
    • Girls Only Master Blasters – OPEN
    • U13s – OPEN
    • U15s – OPEN
    • U17s – OPEN
  • Juniors Boys:
    • Master Blasters (U8) – CLOSED
    • U9 – CLOSED
    • U10 – CLOSED
    • U11 – CLOSED
    • U12 – CLOSED
    • U13 – CLOSED
    • U14 – CLOSED
    • U15 – CLOSED
    • U16 – CLOSED
  • Seniors (All Age) – OPEN

For the Diary


The Academy will again be operating this season. This has been very popular over the last couple of years and we will again be working with elite 1st Grade and First Class cricketers to provide specialist coaching.

Skills Clinics

We will also be running again the Skills Clinics for our Junior Boys and Girls throughout the season. These Clinics are free and run throughout the season where our Juniors get high quality coaching that is an add-on to the normal Team based coaching.

Country Carnivals

One of the privileges of playing for WPHC is that we are the only Club side in NSW that is invited to participate in Country Carnivals during the New Year period in early January. These are very popular and we see long term friendship develop between players and parents afer what is a wonderful week away in our Country areas. The Carnivals are:

  • U14s – Tamworth JCU Carnival
  • U15s – Walter Taylor Shield (Armidale)
  • U16 Stan Austin Cup (Taree)

Season start

Junior Blasters

Registrations have been very good this season and we are on track to start in the first week in October. As mentioned previously, Registrations are always open throughout the season. We do though encourage you to register promptly as this make sure that that you players have the chance to play with their mates.

Juniors Boys

Starts on Saturday 14th September. Details will be available shortly.

Team selections

Teams will be chosen over the next week and we will do our best to put players who want to play together in the same Team. Teams will be advised in the week commencing 26th August. Once Managers and Coaches are appointed Training days and venues will be advised.


Everyone who has ordered clothing / caps and sun hats will receive this just before the season starts. This depends on Team selections so that gear can be sorted by Team.

Girls Cricket

Registrations remain open and the season will start in the first week of October. Once numbers are stabilised we will be able to let you know details such as Team manager and Coach and from there training days can be determined.

Like the boys, details are being worked on but the competition is likely to start on the first weekend in October.


Clothing orders made through the Registration process will be available before the season starts.

Seniors (All Age)

Key dates for your schedule are:

Pre-season training

  • When – last training on Saturday, 7 August
  • Where – West Pennant Hills Sports Club nets, 103 New Line Road, WPH
  • Time – 1.00 pm to around 4.00 pm


Selections will be advised by the 7th September.

Season start

  • T20 Competition will be played over the following dates:
    • Saturday 14th September
    • Saturday 21st September
  • Regular Season starts on Saturday 28th September

Sydney Sixers membership

Included in the Registration form is an option to become Sydney Sixers Members. This is your choice to accept or decline to opportunity. It is though worth noting the benefits of Membership:

  • Benefits:
    • Discounts of $5 for single membership and $15 for families
    • Club priority for donation requests (Please note we are expecting an increase in Club Partners this season, so we highly recommend registering if you think that you may need any donations to ensure that you don’t miss out)
    • W/BBL team signed bat.
    • Entry to 3 matches (including Sydney Smash).
    • Blast Squad on-field opportunity during home games.

So if you would like to signup it is as easy as doing so when you register.

New Constitution

One to look out for is a Special General Meeting to consider a new Constitution to replace the Model Form we have had since the early 1980s.

Since our Cub became an incorporated body all those years ago, we adopted the Model Constitution under the Act which with our growth/development since has now become somewhat irrelevant to our needs.

A revised, updated document has now been prepared and has been approved by the Executive Committee. For this to be adopted, the law requires it to be presented and approved at a special general meeting of members for which they have been given 21 day’s notice.

All members, who attend the meeting, may vote provided they are financial and over 18 years of age. The formal notice, showing venue, time, date and attaching the new constitution document, will be sent to you in the coming weeks.

Please understand that the only business allowed at that meeting will be a motion to adopt the new constitution as submitted.

More information will follow on this so stay tuned.

Major Award

NSW Cricket Club of the Year

CNSW selected our Club as their nomination for the 2019 NSW Community Sports Awards – here

Our selection as NSW Club of the year is the 2nd time in 3 years we have received this prestigious award.

We are both thrilled and humbled to be CNSW’s nomination for the following major Awards:

  • Distinguished Long Service Award – Barry McDonald
  • Community Club of the Year – WPHCCC

Australian Cricket Club of the Year nomination

Cricket NSW has also advised us recently that we have been selected by the Sydney Sixers Metro Community Cricket team for Community Cricket Club of the Year for the annual A Sport for All Awards held by Cricket Australia. They commented that:

“WPHCCC has been a great example of bringing people of the community together. The Club has proven that hard work and great volunteers can achieve fantastic outcomes for the cricketing community! The Club encompasses a number of attributes that we believe contribute to what is a great cricket Club.”

Cricket Australia announced at the end of May that Quinns Rock Cricket Club in Perth was the worthy winner of this Award but to be the NSW nomination for Australian level recognition was a fantastic acknowledgement of what everyone in our Club has contributed to.

Distinguished Long Service Award

During the 2019 NSW Community Sports Awards, Barry McDonald was awarded a Distinguished Long Service Award. He was one of 20 amazing recipients and photos of the night are on the website Photo Gallery (Miscellaneous photos). What was special on the night is that Barry was invited by the CEO of SportNSW to speak on behalf of all the Recipients. He reason for this honour is that Barry’s CV was seen as the most impressive of an impressive group of people – here

When asked to speak on behalf of the 20 Distinguished Long Service Award recipients, Barry McDonald, who has volunteered with the West Pennant Hills Cricket Club for 34 years, shared this about spending so long in grassroots sport:

“It’s a very simple message – we get more out of doing it than what we put in”