Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia have welcomed the official opening of the Norm O’Neill Cricket Training Facility today in Penshurst.
Named after the dynamic former Australian batsman, the facility is the first metropolitan cricket and community centre constructed in Sydney in partnership with Local Government, Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW.
Georges River Council allocated $5.5 million towards the project, with a further combined $400,000 in funding from Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW.
The facility includes six indoor synthetic wickets and six outdoor turf wickets.
A number of community and cricket centres are expected to follow across Sydney and around NSW as part of joint ventures between Local Government, Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia.
Cricket NSW Chief Operating Officer Michael Dalton welcomed the opening the of world class facility.
“This cricket centre will allow local boys and girls to train alongside their heroes from the NSW Blues and Breakers and the Sydney Sixers, inspiring the next generation of exciting young players,” Mr Dalton said.
“Congratulations to Georges River Council for investing in a facility for all ages which will help support local participation and produce the stars of the future.
“The Norm O’Neill Cricket Training Facility will cater for a wide range of players from club and community cricketers and school groups through to elite male and female cricketers.”
About Norm O'Neill, OAM
Norm O'Neill, OAM was born in 1937, attending Bexley Primary School and Kogarah Intermediate High School.
Norm made his grade cricket debut with St George District Cricket Club in 1952 at the age of 16 and represented NSW at 18.
In 70 First Class matches for the Blues he scored 5419 runs at an average of 52.91 with 18 centuries and claimed 41 wickets with his leg-spin.
Norm played 42 Test matches between 1958 and 1965, scoring 2,779 runs at an average of 45.55, with six centuries and taking 17 wickets. Following his retirement from Test cricket in 1965, Norm captained the newly formed Sutherland District Cricket Club.
Norm passed away in 2008 and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2018.