Twelve organisations and individuals, who represent the best of community cricket in New South Wales, have been nominated for the third annual Commonwealth Bank ‘A Sport for All’ Awards on 23 May in Melbourne.
The awards, presented by Cricket Australia, recognise the great work all community leaders and volunteers do to grow the spirit of cricket, raising public awareness and sharing success stories from across the nation.
The nominees include cricket clubs, associations, government organisations, community groups, volunteers and an umpire.
Cricket NSW Nominees and Winners:
Community Cricket Club of the Year:
Cricket NSW winning nominee: The Ponds Cricket Club
The Ponds Cricket Club has grown exponentially since it began in 2012. It is one of the biggest clubs in the Blacktown City and Districts Cricket Association boasting 14 junior teams and eight senior sides.
In a booming pocket of Western Sydney, the club was established by brothers Ivan and Irwin Pereira. In addition to its 22 teams across the junior and senior levels, The Ponds has the biggest Woolworths Cricket Blast centre in the Blacktown district with over 100 participants.
The club facilitates both the Junior and Master Blast programs at the same venue and times to maximise community participation with some families who have children registered in both programs.
Cricket Association of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nominee: Manly-Warringah Junior Cricket Association
The Manly-Warringah Junior Cricket Association, based in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, has experienced significant player growth, increasing by approximately 50 per cent in the last seven years, to around 1,800 players.
It has a strong junior male cricket program and established an excellent male pathway program with the Manly-Warringah Cricket Association, Warringah Cricket Club within the Sydney Shires competition, and the Manly-Warringah District Cricket Club in Premier Cricket.
The junior association has been at the forefront of creating opportunities for females to play cricket. The dedicated committee members managing junior female cricket have also been nominated for the Initiative of the Year award for creating a hub for local competitions.
Premier Cricket Club of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nominee: Ginninderra Cricket Club
Ginninderra Cricket Club is a proud club based in Belconnen, which plays in the ACT Premier Cricket competition.
The club has seven teams entered across the six Grade competitions in the national capital with over 100 active members.
It boasts a thriving junior club catering for cricketers of all ages. Ginninderra prides itself on inclusion, and provides more to members than simply cricket experiences, welcoming players of all backgrounds and abilities.
The club trains and plays at its recently upgraded Kippax Oval, in Holt, that is now established as one of the leading Grade cricket facilities in Canberra.
Initiative of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nominee: Manly-Warringah Junior Cricket Association Girls Hub
The Manly-Warringah Junior Cricket Association Girls Hub is primarily focussed on increasing the participation of girls in cricket.
The association has had a very strong boys cricket program for many years and the club has extended this to girls to foster the same opportunities.
In the space of four seasons, the Sixers Girls Junior Cricket League in the area has grown from one team to 16 across the Under 11, 13 and 15 age groups. There are now over 200 females participating in cricket throughout the district.
The vision of the association is for each of their clubs to field teams in all age groups and a side in every competition within the NSW Districts Cricket Association and Women’s Premier Cricket.
Currently, Manly-Warringah has teams in the Under 13 Mollie Dive and Under 15 Margaret Peden representative shields in the NSWDCA and is represented by a team in the Under 15, Under 18 Brewer Shield and Third Grade Women’s Premier Cricket competitions.
Junior Cricket Program of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nominee: Maccabi NSW Cricket Blast
The Maccabi Junior Cricket Club is directly affiliated with the leading Jewish community organisation in the country, Maccabi Australia.
What was once a thriving club with up to a dozen junior teams had just about become extinct in 2016/17, with no active sides, due to falling player numbers and a lack of volunteer involvement to drive operations.
In 2018, the Maccabi NSW state office together with the help of Cricket NSW, re-established a cricket program, focusing on juniors aged 5-10 years.
Two Master Blaster programs were run throughout the summer, with over 50 juniors registering and enjoying the clinics. They welcome participants from a range of multicultural backgrounds.
Partner Organisation of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nominee: Changing our Future team, Health Promotion Service, South Western Sydney Local Health District.
The Changing Our Future team (CCOF) is part of the South Western Sydney Local Health District Health Promotion Service based in Campbelltown. The group provides essential support, education and programs for the community and clinical services, living and working within South West Sydney.
They are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children and families living in the Campbelltown Local Government Area. CCOF focuses on reducing childhood obesity.
The team utilise a community-based approach to their work that empowers local community members and champions to take ownership of their health and wellbeing.
Community Facility Project of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nominee: Goulburn High School Cricket Nets
Parents and Citizens President at Goulburn High School, Renee Woodberry, applied for funding from the 2016/17 Cricket NSW Facility Grants Program to improve the nets at the School.
The application was not eligible as it did not meet the Cricket Australia Facility Guidelines and had a large shortfall in funding. Cricket NSW supported Ms. Woodberry with sourcing quotes from preferred suppliers, engaging the NSW Government and other external stakeholders to secure funds to bridge the gap.
After almost three years, the facility has been delivered, due in large part to the tireless work of Ms. Woodberry to make it happen. The School now wants to coordinate a Thunder Girls Cricket Team.
Ambassador of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nominee: Brett Sharrock
As a father, a teacher, and community cricket coordinator, Brett Sharrock is a passionate advocate of grassroots cricket.
He prioritises the participation of his children and actively promotes involvement in cricket within the Tamworth community. It results in Saturday morning Master Blaster cricket becoming a friendly and inviting family-centred event.
As a teacher and Deputy Principal of Carinya Christian School, Mr. Sharrock further extends his love for cricket through coaching at weekly cricket training sessions during the year, including the off-season.
However, his greatest positive impact on community cricket is demonstrated through his role as Master Blaster Coordinator.
Mr. Sharrock develops and maintains exceptionally strong relationships with principals, teachers and sports coordinators of all 13 Tamworth primary schools, ultimately promoting cricket to thousands of girls and boys within the town and surrounding region.
Volunteer of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nominee: Jonathon McDonald
Jonathon McDonald is a passionate volunteer from the Revesby Heights Hornets. He has continually put in consistent effort over many years, to not only grow the game of cricket for his club, but also for the Bankstown District Cricket Association.
Mr. McDonald has gone above and beyond his role with the club putting countless hours into promoting the game of cricket. A highlight of his efforts is that he secured funding from his club’s sponsor to be able to provide cricket equipment to the local community to encourage more juniors to play.
Junior Cricket Champion of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nominee: Veryan McAllister
Veryan McAllister has been a dedicated volunteer of junior club cricket for over five years with both her children coming through the junior levels of Thornleigh Cricket Club within the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hills District Cricket Association.
Mrs. McAllister strongly focuses on female cricket which is why she single-handedly started up the Sixers Girls Cricket League within her Association this season.
She not only runs the competition, but scores her sons’ game or is otherwise sorting out plans for the girls’ Master Blaster program.
Community Umpire of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nomination: Graeme Glazebrook
Graeme Glazebrook has been an outstanding umpire on and off the field for many years. He is Secretary of the Mitchell Cricket Umpires' Association, the Bathurst Branch within that association, and the Western Zone Umpires Representative.
Mr. Glazebrook also organises the appointments for the three organisations. He mentors new and existing umpires. His enormous contribution helps to develop and increase the standard of umpiring across the region.
He has won the Kevin Pye Medal as Country Umpire of the Year the last four successive seasons.
Mr. Glazebrook umpired the Final of the Plan B Regional Bash at the SCG, early 2019, as well as the NSW Country Championships Final in Wollongong.
Community Coach of the Year
Cricket NSW winning nomination: Derek Forner
Derek Forner has been involved in coaching throughout the Griffith area for many years.
At both Association and Club level, he is a key driver of both the entry-level program implementation and transitioning these players into Griffith District Cricket Association junior competitions.
Mr. Forner also plays a lead role in selecting representative teams for the Murrumbidgee Cricket Council. He coached the Gorrell Cup Under 14 team this year.
Congratulations to all the Cricket NSW winning nominees!