Christchurch Golf Day
We have a good field booked in for the annual Christchurch golf day to be held at the Shirley course on Friday 28th February. Anyone looking to still enter should contact Glenn Sulzberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank our generous sponsors Lion, Triumph and Disaster, Off The Back, Quality NZ, Bessie Restaurant and The Elms Rhododendron Gardens who have generously donated product for consumption and prizes.
Dion Nash spearheads Cricket revival at St Pauls College
St Pauls is a small secondary school in Ponsonby with it’s role comprising around 80% Pasifica students. It is well known for its impressive Rugby and League alumni. Former students include Mark Graham, Stacey Jones, Dane O’Hara, Sam and Sione Lousi, Francis Meli, Joe and Nigel Vagana, Bernie Fraser and many others.
The school is going through a resurgence with its completed building programme and the appointment of former St Peters College principal, Kieran Fouhy.
New parent Dion Nash is keen to help improve the cricket offering and in the first instance is on a mission to get three nets installed. The overall plan is to lift the standard of cricket at the school and create a pathway for players. He is giving his time to coach bowling while Deputy Principal and former first class player Craig Borich will coach batting and manage the development team.
The aim is for the first XI to play in a higher grade and to have a strong development team coming through.
This is all of course music to the ears of the QSCC committee who voted unanimously to contribute $10,000 to the nets project and will follow with interest and enthusiasm.
Colin Rampling and team establish Eastern Bay of Plenty CC
With no junior cricket being played in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Colin Rampling and friends have incorporated the EBOPCC, and are doing an amazing job in introducing the game to the low-decile district. A six week school programme before Christmas resulted in 85 juniors registered on Cric HQ.
In a “where to start” situation, Colin has a clear vision with short and long term goals. From an infrastructure perspective these include repairing four nets and installing an artificial wicket at Whakatane Intermediate for the use of the community. Also to gather gear and assist with registration and subs, and at some point work out what to do about a clubhouse!
The committee has approved request for net repairs, equipment, two gazebos and a promotional flag amounting to $9,150. We see this as a fantastic grassroots initiative and wish them well.