Community Update - March 2020

01 Apr 2020

What an abrupt end to the season! Luckily we were only a few weeks away from completing the season, but thank you to our community for the way in which you adapted and responded to closing the season in such a way.

The community team have had another busy finish to the season, delivering modified junior programming (Girls Smash and SuperStar Cricket), promoting and delivering coach development, delivering our Zonal Cricket programme, and delivering Yeah! Girls youth hubs.

We have seen real growth in our junior female engagement programme SBS Bank Girls Smash, with team entries in Otago Country (Queenstown and Alexandra) and Dunedin in particular trending upwards.


NZC Cricket Awards

Congratulations to Glynn Cameron who was awarded the NZ Community Cricket Services to Community Coaching award. Unfortunately, with the cancellation of the NZC Awards, Glynn missed the opportunity to be presented this award at that function, however we would like to acknowledge his long service to community coaching over many years in the North Otago area. Well done.


Community School Competitions

We also managed to complete two of our National school’s knockout competitions (the remainder will be now played in Term 4).

NZC Shield Final:Balmacewen Intermediate defeated Taieri College

Balmacewen 137/4 Megha Senthilkumar 68*, Sienna Forgie 2/23

Taieri College 73 (Annabelle Andrews 18, Gemma Burleigh 2/12  Megha Senthilkumar 2/17

SuperSmash Schools T20 Final:Verdon College defeated Waitaki Boy’s High School

Waitaki Boys High School 112/7 (Liam Mavor 51, Tom McCabe 2/15)

Verdon College 116/2 (Jacob Downing 38*, Tom McCabe 22*, Connall Breen 22)

Congratulations to all schools who entered, we look forward to Term 4 to find our other winners.


Winter Coaching

Our team are planning to run a reduced winter coaching programme, once we have some certainty around our environmental factors. Watch this space.


Thank You

Without most prize givings throughout or MA, DA’s and Clubs we have missed the opportunity to say a huge thank you to our committees, coaches and officials throughout our communities. We are truly lucky to have such a large base of volunteers, thank you.

We are really feeling for our winter sports communities, whom have had their seasons dramatically affected by Covid-19.  As this plays out further, cricket will support where we can.

In the meantime, stay safe, support each other, and now more than ever there is no excuse for Mum and Dad not to hit the backyard with the taped-up tennis ball for some BYC!