News (Winter) – 1 July to 31 July 2017


Information / Registration Day

Registrations for the 2017/18 season are now open for secure on-line payment.

Registrations are open for In2Cricket (Kanga), Girls and Junior Boys (U8s to U16s). Seniors are not yet open as we need to do a few tweaks.

This year, Registration Day (details below) is a combined Rego / Information Day to help people register on-line, answer any questions about the new season and trying on clothing to get the right sizes.

For returning players please create your registration from scratch and ignore any prompts to log-in as an existing user for this season only.

So there is no need to physically come along but you are most welcome if you would like to pop down and have a chat about the season ahead or need help with anything.

Details are:

  • When:              Sunday 30 July 2017
  • Where:             Oakhill Drive Public School
  • Time:               1.00 to 4.00 pm.

Important note:

Juniors Boys Rego’s need to be completed as close to July 30 as possible. We have a policy of closing Registrations once an Age Group reaches a maximum of 13 players / side and this usually happens quickly. So please don’t delay.

Seniors pre-season start

There is no need to register just yet – we are tweaking the system so hold off just for now.

Pre-season training starts soon. Details are:

  • When:              Saturday 5 August 2017
  • Where:             WPH Sports Club nets, 103 Newline Road
  • Time:               1.00 pm to around 4.00 pm.

Training is on every Saturday until 2 September when the season start the following week.

MCC Honorary Life Membership

We are home to 2 of the greatest Women players to have ever played the game – Lisa Sthalekar (Australia 2003-2013) and Denise Annetts (Australia 1985 to 1993).

Lisa played all her Junior cricket with us (1989/95) and Denise played Seniors and managed and then coached Junior sides between 2003/2014.

On Sunday (23 July) Denise was formally Inducted as an Honorary Life Member of the MCC (Lord’s) to be one of only 320 people worldwide to receive this honour. There are only 75 Australians and 19 Women on this list.

MCC Life Membership is offered by the MCC Committee “….to any person who in its opinion has given long and distinguished service to the game and as such offers are comparatively rare”

Lisa was inducted 2 years ago and our other MCC Life Member is former Prime Minister John Howard (Seniors 1963/63 to 73/74). So our Club has 3 of the global list of Life Members in this distinguished list.

NSW Community Cricket Club of the Year 2017


Sports NSW Community Club of the Year 2017 (Runner-up)

We are delighted have been recently selected by Cricket NSW (CNSW) as ‘Community Cricket Club of the Year – 2017’.

On Thursday 29 June we attended the Sport NSW Community Sports Awards at NSW Parliament where Award winners from all Community Sports attended. We are thrilled to have been selected by Sport NSW as Runner-up in the category of ‘Community Club of the Year’ covering all community sports in NSW.

This is an amazing achievement as this covers more than 80 NSW sporting organisations and 20 Industry Bodies covering 670,200 adult volunteers – here .

This is great recognition for our 260+ volunteers, our culture of giving everyone a ‘fair go’ and ofcourse the legacy achievements of Leaders – past and present.

There is a lot more to achieve and we have big plans for 2017/18 especially for the Girls and Blowfly cricket – stay tuned.

Kingsgrove Sports special Gear offer

Kingsgrove Sports have been great supporters of ours for over 40 years. They also have the best range of cricket gear anywhere in Sydney with pricing among the best you will find.

We are just arranging for a day that our WPH folk can pop in to the North Parramatta (570 Church Street, North Parramatta), store to buy clothing, gear and anything else that you need to be ready for the season. Due to our relationship they are offering a 10% discount for all gear and 5% off any gear that is already on special. So keep a watch out for more details but just hold off on any purchases until we can provide more details.

History launch

At the AGM we officially launched our Club History. This is a significant moment in our History. The book has 256 pages of stories, anecdotes, photos and stats of the people and characters who have made our Club what it is today.

The book also covers the history of our area going back to the 1850s when the first game of cricket was played in our district.

It will be on the website shortly. Published copies can be obtained by contacting Ross Anderson (here). They are priced at cost recovery: $28 dollars for a B&W version and $58 for a full colour version.

Major award Winners

Now that the dust has settled on the season, congratulations to our Major Award winners this year.

New Life Members

Life Membership is the highest award that can be bestowed on anyone involved with our Club. At the Seniors Presentation Night on 5 May, we inducted 2 new Life Members for long and distinguished service to our Club. This is extremely rare with only 22 Life Members inducted in 86 years. Congratulations to our new Life Members:

James Makin – our 21st Life Member

James started playing Juniors for us in the mid-1980s and started in Seniors 1989/90. Apart from a distinguished record as a player and record breaking achievements as A1 Captain, James developed the A1 Grade Player numbering system where every player selected in A1 has a unique playing number in the order they have played going back 66 years.

He also evolved the Club Wisden from a primitive, highly manual intensive data base into an agile access data base that allows us to update playing records relatively easily and also get data cuts of many different records.

Bill Peterkin – our 22nd Life Member

Bill played Juniors with us in the late 1980s and started Seniors in 1992/93 in all Grades from D2 to A1 Grade. Like James, Bill’s playing record is distinguished. Apart from his wonderful playing record, Bill has held many Administrative positions – Seniors Deputy Convenor between 2002 and 2006; Seniors Treasurer between 2009/10 and always helps out where there is a need.

Bill’s most significant achievement has been taking on the Kanga Director’s role since 2015/16 when Bill filled a gap in running Kanga with many of the administrative records and operational details unobtainable due to illness. What makes Bill’s contribution exceptional is that he has no children playing Kanga.

Club Service – President’s Award

Congratulations also to Julian Bish (Juniors Director) who was awarded the prestigious President’s Award for service to our Club. Julian has been Juniors Director since 2013 and has done an amazing job in running the Juniors and building a great Team.


The Seniors Presentation Night was held on the 5th May at Dural Country Club to bring the 2016/17 season to a close. Congratulations to our Major ward winners:

  • Player of the Year – Dan Costigan
  • Outstanding Prospect – Andy Meikle


  • John Coulthard Award (Junior Player of the Year) – Rowan Love
  • Charles Booth Memorial Award (U13s) – Shaan Bakshi
  • Ross Anderson Trophy (U11 Rising Star Award) – Harry Flower
  • Volunteer of the Year Award:
    • U8s to U11s – Phil Carney
    • U12s to U16s – Rob Hanich
    • Girls – Michelle Boccalatte

Junior Girls

  • Lisa Sthalekar Award (Player of the Year) – Lauren Kua (217 runs at average of 72.33)
  • Volunteer of the Year – Michelle Boccalatte
  • Arthur Souter Award – Christina Phillip

Note – Christina is our first Girl player to be awarded the Arthur Souter Award. This is awarded to those graduating players who have played every season since Kanga and is a great achievement.

Girl’s Team Awards


  • U13s – Aliya Colbert
  • U17 Blue – Auushka Dongre
  • U17 Red – Jess Phillips
  • U17 White – Lauren Kua


  • U13s – Maeve McAlister
  • U17 Blue – Abigail Pereira
  • U17 Red – Danielle Chivers (plus 5 wickets in an innings)
  • U17 White – Varsha Krithivasan

Team Award

  • U13s – Lauren Dean
  • U17 Blue – Lily Campbell
  • U17 Red – Ellen Hall
  • U17 White – Amy Sherlock.