News – August 2018

2018/19 Registration

Online Registrations are open

You can Register through our website here for:

  • Junior Blasters (Kanga) and formerly known at In2Cricket for 5 to 7 year olds
  • Juniors Boys
  • Junior Girls
  • Seniors

Registration status

Junior Boys (U8s to U16s)

  • Registrations have been strong and a reminder that once Teams reach a maximum of 13 players Registrations are closed. So if you haven’t registered then please give this priority to avoid disappointment
  • Registration stats by Age group as at 13 August 2018 is:
    • U8s – Open
    • U9s – Open
    • U10s – Open
    • U11s – CLOSED
    • U12s – CLOSED
    • U13s – CLOSED
    • U14s – CLOSED
    • U15s – CLOSED
    • U16s – Open

Junior Girls

We always welcome girls throughout the season but, like the Boys, to make sure that you have a chance of playing in a Team with your friends then please register quickly as Teams need to be finalised in 2 weeks.

Kanga (Junior Blasters)

Like the Girls, we welcome Kanga’s throughout the season. The issue though is that once Teams are put together it gets harder to group mates together so by registering as soon as possible your child gets to play with their friends.


Registrations are taken throughout the year but Registrations after 8th September incur a $50 higher fee as the early bird discount ends.

Level 1 Coaching initiative

Our Club is again thrilled to be hosting a Level 1 Coaching Accreditation program for anyone who wants to gain this sought after accreditation from Cricket Australia. Details are:

  • When:              Sunday 16th September
  • Where:             Edward Bennett Oval
  • Time:               10.00 am to 2.00 pm
  • Cost:                $Nil – the usual $120 cost is being subsidised by Cricket Australia.

This is now on the CNSW website – here  and is open to the public.

Registrations will fill quickly so if you are a Coach, Assistant Coach or have any interest in helping with a Team then please don’t delay. This is also a requirement for anyone interested in becoming involved in our own Coaching Team that is building a massive profile in the District.

Blowfly Cricket

This season we are starting up a wonderful initiative called BlowFly Cricket – check out the website link to find more information – here

This is a being run as a Chapter under Mark Rushton’s program at James Park Hornsby.

Blowfly Cricket gives young people aged between 5 and 25 years with autism, cerebral palsy and down syndrome the chance to play competitive sport. It also gives families the chance to be involved and enjoy seeing their children having fun and just enjoying life.

Special Kingsgrove Sports Discount

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

  • When:              Thursday 30th August
  • Where:             Kingsgrove Sports 570 Church Street, Nth Parramatta
  • Time:               9.00 am to 7.30 pm

What you get

10% off all cricket gear and clothing, except cricket balls and includes cricket bats.

Kingsgrove has by far the biggest range of gear in Sydney and the prices are already among the best you can get so an extra 10% is worthwhile.

They are rostering on extra staff to make it run smoothly and if last year is any guide it will be a popular night.

Key dates 2018/19

  • Registrations
    • Registration Day – Sunday 5th August 2018
  • 1st Seniors training – Saturday 4th August
  • 1st Game:
    • Junior Boys – Saturday 8th September
    • Seniors:
      • Pre-season function – 1st September at the Sports Club
      • T20 – Saturday 8th September
      • Main Competition – 22nd September
    • Girls –   Saturday 20th October
    • Kanga – Saturday 6th October (dates to be confirmed).

The website will be updated throughout the off-season so check it out regularly to find out what is coming up.

Girls Cricket

2018/19 season

We are again entering Teams in the U13, U15 and U17 Age Divisions. We are also looking at running a T20 Blast competition. Check out the Girls link on our website to find out more – here

Competition structure

Sixers Girls Cricket League – Stage 1 (U11-13) – Spring Season

  • First Round:                 Saturday 20th October
  • Duration:                     7 weeks (of competition)
  • Last Round:                 Saturday 1st December (finals)
  • When:                           Saturday 2pm
  • Special Invite:              Week 8 – Saturday 8th December – WBBL Opening Weekend at Nth Sydney Oval – on ground appearance, medal presentation
  • Format:                         Junior Format Stage 1

Sixers Girls Cricket League – Stage 2 (U13-15) – Spring Season

  • First Round:                 Saturday 20th October
  • Duration:                     7 weeks (of competition)
  • Last Round:                 Saturday 1st December (finals)
  • When:                          Saturday 2pm
  • Special Invite:              Week 8 – Saturday 8th December – WBBL Opening Weekend at Nth Sydney Oval – on ground appearance, medal presentation
  • Format:                                    Junior Format Stage 2
  • Players:                                    9 on the field

Sixers Girls Cricket League (proposed competition structure)

Summer Season – Stage 1 & 2

  • First Round:                 Saturday 2nd February
  • Duration:                     6 weeks
  • Last Round:                 Saturday 9th March


Pre-season training has started for the new season. Key dates are:

  • Training days:
    • Saturday 4th August – 1st Training session at WPH Sports Club nets from 1.00 pm
    • 11th August – 2nd session
    • 18th August – 3rd session
    • 25th August – 4th session
    • 1st September – 5th session and Teams announced
  • Pre-season kickoff function – Saturday 1st September at 5.00 pm – WPH Sports Club
  • T20 competition starts – Saturday 8th September
  • Competition starts – Saturday 22nd September


Northern District DCC U18 Brewer Shield Trial Date

Our Girls are invited to attend selection trials for the upcoming U18 Brewer Shield competition. Brewer Shield is a great introduction to Grade Cricket and the pathway for higher levels of women’s cricket. It is played on turf grounds.

Details are:

  • When:              Sunday 26 August 2018
  • Time:               1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Where:             Mark Taylor Oval, Waitara
  • Eligibility:        all players must be under the age of the Competition in which they wish to play, as of midnight on 31 August. For Brewer Shield, if a player is 17 or under on 31 August, they will be eligible.

Please contact Tom Anderson, head coach for any enquires 0425 226010 or Graham Chivers 0415 891004

Possible Saturday afternoon Northern District Women’s 3rd Grade team

Northern District DCC is exploring whether there are sufficient numbers to put forward a 3rd Grade team for the 10 rounds to be run from Saturday 6th October until mid-December 2018.

Games are 40 overs and commence at 12.30pm with warm-ups from 12 midday on a Saturday.

This is a more social but still competitive game of cricket but is open to all age groups – young and old.

If you are interested in playing in a 3rd Grade team or know of anyone who might wish to play 3rd Grade, can you please let Tracey Bates know as soon as possible at here

Orange Blossom Festival

The 49th Hills Shire Orange Blossom Festival will be held between 1st and 30th September 2018. The Festival is a wonderful community event. There is so much to be involved in:

  • Pet-friendly walks, local community festivals, food, music and dance events and so much more
  • From fusion cuisine to discovering prominent local Hills artists, to cheering on our local BMX riders and cross country champions, there will be something to suit most tastes and fancies
  • Splash Dance and Hype Band will also be performing on the day.

On Sunday, September 16, Council’s signature community fun-day will be held at the historic

Bella Vista Farm. It’s a family-friendly event that really showcases the diversity and uniqueness of our vibrant region.

Keep a look out for the activities calendar – here

Castle Hill RSL Cricket Club – 160th anniversary of Cricket in the area

Castle Hill RSL have arranged a fabulous celebration dinner for cricket in our area. Info provided from Castle Hill RSL is:

“It’s going to be a cracking night and at $99 you get a 2 course meal + cake, beer, wine, soft drink , 2 Aussie Cricket legends tell stories and cracking jokes, and a band to play out the night. Seriously, what more could you ask for.

 Castle Hill Cricket Club’s 160th Anniversary Dinner 

31st August 2018 at the Castle Hill RSL Lyceum 7.00 pm ’til 12.00 am

 Be entertained by Australian cricket legends Doug Walters and Len Pascoe as they re-tell tales about their playing days at the pinnacle of Australia Test cricket and the early days of World Series Cricket.

 Evening includes a two-course meal + cake, unlimited beer, house wine and soft drink as well a covers band to play away the evening after our speakers.

 It’s all part of the celebration of grassroots cricket at Castle Hill. We may be 160 years young, but we’re going strong.

 Tickets via – here

If you are interested in going, it will be a great night.

Club Survey results

In February we ran our whole Club Survey. We got a great response with 284 people responding from our Academy, In2Cricket (Kanga), Junior Boys & Girls and Academy.

The results have been reviewed by our Club Executive and Actions have been taken for initiatives to address the areas that need focus. The main findings are summarised:

What we do well


  • Club culture & Organisation seen as very good


  • Club level (website)
  • Social media / Facebook


Participation over Results (75% support)


Coaching is rated highly with the Clinics and Academy getting high satisfaction assessments in the high 90% level.

What we can improve


  • Cascading of information – what and how we do things

Team selections:

  • Junior Teams – regular commitment of selected players
  • Seniors selection – transparency and movement between the top Grades


Kanga ongoing ‘Coach the coach’ support

What should be improved


  • Seniors selection guidelines to provide transparency
  • Monitoring of Participation over Results


  • Association rules are hard to follow
  • Frequent Draw changes, late advice

Junior Boys:

  • Development and support of Junior Coaches
  • Selection of players who only play a small number of games leaving Teams short


Strength of Competition / number of Teams

Next steps

The detailed results will be shared with our Club closer to the next season start when our various Committees will go through the results in more detail and then share the next level of results.


TeamApp will again be used this season in all Grades. This allows communication between Teams, updates scores and provide immediate updates on weather.

We deleted most existing members so that distribution lists can be refreshed once Teams are selected closer to the season start. Stay tuned for more info on this important communication tool.