It is fair to say season 2018-19 was mixed with a number of highs and lows for the NSJCA.
Let's start with the highs....The highlights were the retention of the President’s Cup for the second season in a row and the U13 Girls winning the Mollie Dive Shield after a thrilling tie in the grand final – the first title won by the NSJCA Girls. The U15 Girls making the Grand Final for the first time was another highlight.
The lows... well, it was an interesting year for NSJCA. Unfortunately a number of teams didn't perform as well as they would have hoped and there were also some off-field issues involving parent’s behaviour. As a consequence we have needed to strengthen the code of conduct for next season. This will be circulated to those of you who are joining us for 2019-20. Please take the time to read this as we do take such matters seriously.
These are interesting times in which we live with Cricket NSW taking control of the Rep competition from next season.
A number of changes are being talked about, the main ones being more games, an earlier start to the season (likely to be mid-September) and a competition structure for the U12 & U13 boys age groups with Division 1 and Division 2 (where Associations will be able to field a side in each division). These two divisions are likely to play over the same period.
We will be back in touch once the new arrangements are finalised.
In terms of the season just gone, the DCA season formally concluded on Tuesday 12th March with the traditional presentation in the historic Ladies Stand of the Sydney Cricket Ground. Also historic was the presentation to both North Shore and Sutherland of the Mollie Dive Shield (U13 girls) after their tie in the Grand Final.
Well done girls!
At the presentation, Olivia Maxwell was awarded the individual bowling award for being the leading wicket taker in the Mollie Dive U13 Girls competition – taking 12 wickets at a fantastic average of 7.
While North Shore only won one shield – the U13 Mollie Dive shield - the season was notable for a number of other very good team performances. Going into the finals, North Shore had three undefeated teams - the U11 team 2, U15 Girls and U16 teams. Unfortunately, two were knocked out in the quarterfinals and the U15 girls were beaten in the Grand Final (still a great result for this team).
Our PC teams again performed strongly this season with all teams making the top four. The U12s finished third and the U13s & U14s finished second, but the overall highlight was the U15s winning the Grand Final at Allan Border Oval to be crowned the U15 PC champions.
North Shore also shared the overall Presidents Cup for being the most successful Association with Manly-Warringah.
Well done all PC teams.
On the Individual front, Henry Riseborough won the U12 President Cup leading wicket taker award by taking 18 wickets at an average of 6. Well done Henry.
North Shore champion Rep players were formally announced in March but we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them again. The Representative players of the year announced earlier were:
1. Olivia Maxwell (U13 Girls DCA) – NSJCA DCA Player of the Year, and
2. Henry Riseborough (U12 PC) – NSJCA Presidents Cup Player of the Year
Congratulations again to both Olivia and Henry and we trust they received their trophies at their respective club presentations last month.
As previously acknowledged the following outstanding individual performances occurred during Rep Season 2018-19:
Jayllen Naganayagam (U16 DCA) who scored 132* against Northern District
Nikhil Ahluwalia (U16 DCA) who scored 124 against Hornsby
Trystan Kennedy (U14 DCA) who scored 122* against Northern District
Hugh Carney (U15 DCA) who scored 110* against Northern District
Charlotte Camburn (U15G DCA) who scored 101 against Newcastle
Kieran Brennan (U14 PC) who took 6 for 14 against Newcastle
Zack Winslow (U12 DCA) who took 6 for 16 against Northern District
Olivia Maxwell (U13G DCA) who took 5 for 9 against Manly Warringah
Henry Riseborough (U12 PC) who took 5 for 13 against Wentworthville Leagues
Benjamin Hocking (U12 PC) who took 5 for 23 including a hat trick against Inner West Harbour
Presentations in relation to the above awards were made at each players’ relevant club presentation day in March.
In closing we would like to thank the following coaches and managers for their long hours and hard work during the Rep season:
Coaches & Managers:
U11-1 Ben Callaway & Justin McCarthy
U11-2 Chris Steffan & Leigh Brezler
U12 Warwick Adlam & Mark Rimmer
U12 PC Karl Riseborough & Chris Walton
U13 Hugh Sands & Caroline Veitch
U13 PC Antony Walsh & Trent Austin
U14 Ben Callanan & Tony Bill
U14 PC Scott Perry & Richard Hunt
U15 Richard Watson & Nic Shortis
U15 PC David O'Kane & Brian Chertkow
U16 Andrew Ridley, Melissa Trew & Anthony Bladen
U13G Neil Maxwell & Sean Toms
U15G Alison Willard & Leonie Ridley
We are already in preparation for season 2019-20 with the teams for next season being recently announced.
As alluded to earlier, the Rep competitions next season will be run by Cricket NSW for the first time (under the banner of the Metropolitan Youth Championships) and will consist of more games and a longer season with additional T20 games being included.
With an earlier start to the competition planned there will be limited opportunities for practice prior to the start of the season (due to the conflict with winter sport) however we will work with the coaches and managers to encourage teams to get together before the season starts.
Overall we do expect the changes coming through from Cricket NSW to be positive and allow a clearer line of sight between Rep cricket and the pathway to higher honours.