Cricket NSW Announces 2024 Community Cricket Award Winners

Cricket NSW is proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Community Cricket Awards. This year, there are 15 categories, two additional to the 13 from last year.

The five major categories from the awards list include two club-based awards, Community Club of the Year - won by the Northern Districts Butchers Cricket Club this time - and Women & Girls Initiative, which was won by Hornsby Ku-ring-gai & Hills District Cricket Association for their Friday evening carnival-like girls’ cricket competition that goes just beyond the game, with coloured unforms, pink balls, dancing and a whole lot of fun. 

Among the major individual-based awards, the Volunteer of the Year Award went to Annelise Halls for her work with junior cricket within the small rural community of Boorowa. Boorowa is a town situated within the Hilltops region of NSW with a population of 1800. Halls is a local mother of four and heads up the club’s Cricket Blast program. The club boasts 42 Cricket Blasters and sees a third of all children aged 5-10 in the town enrolled in Cricket Blast. 

Twenty-two-year-old Naveen Sivanathan, the vice-president of Kissing Point Cricket Club, won the Young Leader of the Year Award, for his four years of dedicated service to the club as a volunteer and a committee member, while also being a Blast coordinator and a friend and mentor to the club’s 250 plus junior cricketers. 

The two new categories this year are Woolworths Cricket Blast Coordinator of the Year and Community Facility Project of the Year. The Woolworths Cricket Blast Coordinator of the Year aims to recognise a coordinator who has gone above and beyond to get our youngest players to play and love cricket. This award was won for the first time first was won by Ash Hockin from Albury who is an amazing mentor to the young cricketers at his East Albury Cricket Club. The Maitland City Council took the honours for the inaugural Community Facility Project of the Year award. 

All NSW award winners have been nominated for Cricket Australia Community Cricket Awards, to be announced during the third week of May 2024.   

Full list of CNSW Community Cricket Award winners: 


CNSW winner 


Celebrating Cricket in Schools

Melanie Reeves 

Murwillumbah, Far North 

Community Cricket Association of the year 

Central Coast Cricket Association 

Central Coast 

Community Cricket Club of the Year 

Northern Districts Butchers Cricket Club 

Woonona, Illawarra 

Community Cricket Partnership of the Year 

Manly Warringah District Cricket Club 

Manly Warringah, Sydney 

Community Facility Project of the Year 

Maitland City Council 

Maitland, Newcastle 

Community Match Official of the Year 

Phillip Turtle  


Cricket Blast Coordinator of the Year 

Ash Hockin  


Inclusive & Diversity Initiative of the Year 

Schofields Cricket Club 

Schofields, Western Sydney 

Indoor Facility of the Year 

Northern District Cricket Club 

Northern Districts, Sydney 

Junior Initiative of the Year 

Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Association 

Manly Warringah, Sydney 

Technology & Media Initiative of the Year 

Manly District Cricket Club 

Manly, Sydney 

Volunteer of the Year 

Annelise Halls 

Boorowa, Southern Inland 

Women & Girls Initiative of the Year 

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai & Hills District Cricket Association 

Hornsby & Hills District, Sydney 

Young Leader of the Year 

Naveen Sivanathan 

South Turramurra, Sydney 


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