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Annual Report 2017/18
The Annual report for 2017/18 is now available to read on line – WCC annual report 2018.
Annual Report 2016/17
The Annual report for 2016/17 is now available to read on line –Â WCC annual report 2017.
Annual Report 2015/16
The Annual report for 2015/16 is now available to read on line – WCC annual report 2016.
Annual Report 2014/15
The Annual report for 2013/14 is now available to read on line – WCC annual report 2015.
Annual Report 2013/14
The Annual report for 2013/14 is now available to read on line – click here. The report has a mixture of the usual reports on the games during the past season and our President’s report, along with some additional great reading. These includes articles by: Chris Clarke, CEO World Vision NZ; Warwick Maguire, Principal Burnside High School; reports on the ASB Youth Dinner, the Sri Lanka Tour; the ever-popular scribe Joe Bennett; our Matfen scholars and much more. Enjoy!
Cricket Live Foundation - Update: January/February 2014
It was incredibly exciting to head to Sri Lanka knowing that by the time I left the first Cricket Education and Development Centre would be up and running. It would be a collaborative venture between the Cricket Live Foundation and the MJF Foundation.
The MJF Foundation was established by Mr. Merrill Fernando of Dilmah Tea to provide assistance to families of his workers. Since then, it has developed into an amazing organisation that undertakes a large array of activities around the country.
For the first few weeks we focused on Coach Education and Development. 3 coaches from New Zealand and Australia came over to run the Coach Education Clinic, putting 15 local coaches through an intensive course, both theoretical and practical.
The first program runs until the end of April. The second starts in August. August will be a busy time for us, as we are planning to open two more centres. These will be based at Government Schools currently lacking decent facilities. We’ll supply cricket nets and where necessary a classroom-cum-pavilion.
We invited the parents of our first children to a Q&A session at which we outlined the CLF vision and purpose. The parents were most grateful for what has already been achieved.
As with all ventures we’ll face challenges. But I take heart and inspiration from the words of Merrill Fernando. â€śWe come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing. The wealth some of us acquire is owed to the efforts and cooperation of many others around us. Let us therefore share that wealth, while we are still around, so that the goodwill and contentment created thereby, may make our world a happier place for others too.â€ť
For more information about what the Cricket Live Foundation is doing, or if you want to get involved, please email Alex Reese – firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE WILLOWS CRICKET CLUB'S LOBURN GROUND BECOMES 'JAGUAR OVAL'
The Willows Cricket Club president, The Hon. Sir John Hansen, is delighted to announce that the club’s ground in Loburn will now be known as Jaguar Oval. This forms part of a new and exciting sponsorship arrangement with Archibald Motor Group, the authorised agents for Jaguar in Christchurch.
The Willows Cricket Club’s ambition is to provide high-school first eleven teams the opportunity to play with and against experienced players, many of whom are present or past, first class cricketers. The aim is for them first and foremost to enjoy the game but to also learn, watch and appreciate how cricket should be played.
Archibalds’ managing director John Fairhall says the company’s decision to be a sponsor of The Willows Cricket Club is an extension of Jaguar and Archibalds’ on-going commitment to New Zealand schools and youth.
“It’s all about furthering our support of our local community and continuing the interest we have in youth development”, says Mr Fairhall. “We view The Willows Cricket Club’s commitment to youth development as invaluable and so as an organisation we are very proud to assist them.
“The Jaguar Academy of Sport in Britain celebrates and inspires the next generation of sporting heroes by giving them the opportunity to work with and learn from the best sportsmen and women. We therefore see the Willows Cricket Club partnership as a great extension of this initiative,” says Fairhall.
The sponsorship arrangement will underpin the club’s Youth Development tours to Sri Lanka and India. These tours provide a wonderful opportunity for selected school first eleven players to play cricket overseas and they return to New Zealand with their horizons widened and a greater understanding of different cultures and so they will be able to contribute more within their own communities.
After the announcement, new ground signage was unveiled on Sunday 23 February during the match between The Willows and St Andrew’s College 1st XI. Club members and players were also able to view some of the latest Jaguars during the tea break.
2013 YOUTH DINNER
The biennial youth dinner held recently at St Andrewâ€™s College was a most successful evening. Over 240 First Eleven players and coaches from colleges from Wanganui to Dunedin, along with a sprinkling of Willowers, came together in fellowship and social interaction.
Sir Graham Henry was the main speaker and in his typically laconic and relaxed way he soon had the audience enthralled as he shared insights about his days as a Headmaster and All Blacks Coach. Messages about how he got the best from his players made for compelling listening.
This was preceded by a panel debate on the life of a sportsman in the professional era. Here Andy Ellis (All Black) and the New Zealand cricketers Matthew Bell and Andrew Ellis, under the guide of m/c Malcolm Ellis, shared their views.
As is customary on such occasions we were entertained superbly by three highly talented musicians from St. Andrewâ€™s College. Throughout the evening we also had quality student oratory. Pride of place went to Jack Boyle, captain of the St. Bedeâ€™s College 1st X1, who gave an appropriate vote of thanks to the guest speakers.
Again, The Willows owes a huge debt of gratitude to Mrs Christine Leighton and her superb catering department for their part in hosting this important social function.
The Willows Dinner at St Andrews 23 March 2013.
Click below to view images taken during the dinner held at St Andrew’s College on 23 March 2013 in the presence of their excellencies The Governor General, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mataparae & Lady Janine Mataparae. In attendance were the players from the Governor General’s Youth XI, selected from the First XIs of New Zealand schools and colleges, and the Past New Zealand XI selected from members of The Willows Cricket Club.
The match between the two sides played the following day was won by the Past New Zealand XI who successful defended their total of 182 – the Governor General’s Youth XI finishing on 176/8.
The Governor-General's Youth XI
The Governor-General’s Youth XI will play a Past New Zealand XI on Sunday 24th at The Willows Cricket Ground at Loburn precede by a Dinner being held at St. Andrew’s College on the 23rd March.
The teams are as follows.
THE GOVERNOR-GENERALâ€™S YOUTH XI
|Anthony Burnett||Christchurch Boys’ High School|
|Ryan D Burson||Snr Willower as Captain|
|Leo Carter||St Andrewâ€™s College|
|Glen Drake||Waimate Main School|
|Tom Griffin||Otago Boysâ€™ High School|
|Michael Hogan||Timaru Boysâ€™ High School|
|Morgan Jeffery||Christchurch Boysâ€™ High School|
|Ben Mably||Ashburton College|
|Kenneth McClure||Shirley Boysâ€™ High School|
|Joel Meade||Kingâ€™s High School Dunedin|
|Daniel Rawson||St Thomas of Canterbury College|
|Shaun Stagg||Ashburton College|
THE WILLOWS PAST NEW ZEALAND XI
Willows Cricket Club Youth Team to Tour Sri Lanka and Singapore April - May 2013
Selected team is;
|Daniel Stanley||Christchurch Boys’ High School|
|Rhys Bayly||Otago Boys’ High School|
|Henry Chamberlain||Christâ€™s College|
|Felix Page||King’s High School (Dunedin)|
|Josh Finnie||Otago Boys’ High School|
|Henry Shipley||St Andrews College|
|Josh Clarkson||Nelson College|
|Matthew Stretch||Marlborough Boys’ College|
|Talor Scott||Shirley Boys’ High School|
|Matthew Parker||St Andrew’s College|
|Hayden Day||Hillmorton High School|
|Jeremy Benton||Christchurch Boys’ High School|
|Jack Boyle||St Bede’s College|
|Coaches||Michael Johnston Alexander Reese|
Game 1. Verse St Anthonyâ€™s College at P Sara Stadium(Test ground)
Game 2. Verse Gurukula College at Moors Club Ground (played last year and bought some gear for School)
Game 3. Verse St Anthonyâ€™s in Kandy at St Anthonyâ€™s College Ground
Game 4. Verse Combined District side at Palekela Stadium (test ground)
Game 5. Verse St Servatius College at Matara Stadium
Game 6. Verse Mahinda College at Galle International Stadium (test ground)
Game 7. Verse Combined District side at Matara Stadium
Game 8. Verse Singapore Cricket Club at Singapore Cricket Club
Youth XI VS Past NZ XI
The Governor-Generalâ€™s Youth XI played a Past New Zealand XI at The Willows in Loburn on March 28th. The Youth XI batted first scoring 261/8 in their 50 overs. The Past NZ XI were restricted to 183/8 by the Governer General’s Youth XI who won the game by 78 runs.
The teams were;
Theo van Woerkom
Past New Zealand XI
Bob Pope Scholars for 2010
The Bob Pope Scholars for 2010 are Matthew McEwan (formerly St Andrewâ€™s College) and Ciaran McMeeken (formerly Otago Boysâ€™ High School).
This is the 8th pair to be awarded the scholarship and they will be based at Matfen, Northumberland for 6 months from the 2nd April.
Support the Willows Cricket Club fundraising by purchasing a signed copy of Sir Richardâ€™s latest book â€“ Changing Pace
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Sir Richard Hadlee is indisputably New Zealand cricketâ€™s greatest-ever fast bowler and one of the finest all-rounders the sport has ever seen. Even now- almost 20 years after his retirement from international cricket â€“ he remains totally committed and passionate about the game which brought him worldwide fame.
Following on from his best-selling biography Rhythm and Swing, his new book Changing Pace, recounts the last few years of Sir Richard Hadleeâ€™s cricket career before describing the tumultuous period in his life that followed his retirement.
Sir Richard talks about the impact of his father Walter and his dadâ€™s sad demise, his early life, the knighthood, the heart attack, life as a selector, his ten most memorable matches, his testimonial year, his relationship with the media, two world cup campaigns, his motivation to succeed, life in the commentary box and much more including his thoughts on the game and where it is heading.
Available from August 1st â€“ great gift for Fatherâ€™s Day.
THE ART OF Wicketkeeping
One of the great servants of Karori, Wellington and New Zealand cricket, Mike Curtis, is being honoured this week.
Curtis, who is in struggling health, has written The Art of Wicketkeeping, which was launched at the Karori Cricket Club on Tuesday. I have seen literally thousands of cricket books, but never one devoted specifically to the technique of wicketkeeping, which is strange, considering every cricket team must contain a keeper.
Curtis, a stalwart of the Karori club, kept for Wellington from 1956-59 and went within a whisker of making John Reidâ€™s 1958 New Zealand team to England. He played in the North v South trial match that season, during which he took a record eight catches, and scored 22 not out (top score) and 27. Even that virtuoso effort was not enough â€“ he missed out to the emerging John Ward in the role of No 1 keeper Eric Petrieâ€™s back-up on the big tour.
Curtis had a habit of marking the special occasion with a particularly good performance.
In 1956, playing for Wellington against Jack Phillippsâ€™ XI (really the famous 1949 New Zealand team), he scored 45 not out, caught Merv Wallace and stumped Geoff Rabone. His final first-class match was against the MCC in 1959 â€“ Tom Graveney, Colin Cowdrey, Ted Dexter, Fred Trueman, Frank Tyson, Tony Lock and company. Curtis rounded out his first-class career by dismissing Raman Subba Row and Graveney.
Apart from his distinguished first-class career, Curtis has contributed as a cricket administrator and coach.
I know when I coached Wellington junior representative teams, and even schoolboy club teams, he has always been not just willing but eager to attend practice to help the wicketkeepers. Like the front row in rugby, wicketkeeping is a bit of a mystery to those who havenâ€™t done it regularly, and his specialist advice was always gratefully received.
Curtis has been a long-serving Wellington senior and New Zealand age group selector, and a wicketkeeping coach for New Zealand Cricket.
On the local scene, he was one of those primarily responsible for the re-emergence of Karori as a force in Wellington cricket.
His book, which has been published through the good graces of the Willows Cricket Club in Christchurch, is an especially attractive effort, full of colour photos and sensible advice, and I can imagine it being in demand throughout the world because of the scarcity of good coaching for wicketkeepers.
The book can be purchased from
The Willows Cricket Club,
PO Box 22633, Christchurch, for $20.
Annual Report 2017/18
The Annual report for 2017/18 is now available to read on line – WCC annual report 2018....
Our Club Objectives
To encourage players in secondary school first elevens to play with and against experienced players, many of whom are present or past first-class cricketers.
To offer quality cricket to cricket lovers in a country atmosphere, where families may come to watch and picnic.