Seniors Hawke Cup
Coach: Garfield Charles
Manager: Mike Southby
Captain: Bevan Ravenscroft
The 2015/16 season saw a change in captain for the Seniors, with Bevan Ravenscroft taking over from Matt Winter, who asked to step down from the role because of work commitments. It proved to be a mixed season, with good ground being made in the player numbers and training attendance, but inconsistent batting let us down and the results weren’t as good as we had hoped for. The new eligibility laws also played a part in reducing our stocks, as Tom Meyrick and Robbie Polson were not available for us due to them not playing locally. On the flip side, we saw the return of Ryan Cockburn and Des Kruger (back from his OE in England) and their experience and contributions were notable.
We went into the Hawke Cup slightly under-prepared with only a 50-over fixture against North Otago, which we lost, under our belts.
In our first Hawke Cup game versus South Canterbury, played prior to Christmas, we won first innings but fell over badly in our second innings to lose outright. We then lost the Ron Biggar Memorial trophy to the same side a couple of weeks later. Post-Christmas saw us play against a touring NSW side from Australia and a Canterbury Senior Performance Squad in limited-overs games. We lost both of those games but we saw Des Kruger, on his return, spank a fantastic hundred, the first in 3 seasons, in a close game against the Canterbury side. When our Hawke Cup campaign resumed after Christmas, we needed something special to be able to qualify for a challenge, and we were thwarted by poor batting and the weather against Southland on a ‘game’ pitch; and we let North Otago off the hook with some missed opportunities causing them to post a good total and then batted poorly. We lost both of these games on first innings. We finally put together a wonderful batting display in our ultimate Hawke Cup game of the season, with Matt Tait (153) and Ryan Cockburn (100*) and then bowled steadily to gain a first innings victory. In our final game of the season, the annual fixture versus Christchurch Metro A (formerly Suburban) we were soundly defeated: disappointing batting display to follow a good fight back in the field. Unfortunately, we saw the availability issue raise its ugly head for this game, with some players opting to play pre-season club rugby ahead of Representative cricket during the business end of the cricket season: a worrying sign despite the increased and improved player commitment for the season.
Coach: Ross Bullard
Assistant Coach/Manager: Mark Reid
Captain: Oscar Redfern
The U17's had a successful season in 2015, placing 3rd at the regional tournament in Timaru and were close to making the final if it had not been for a below par performance on the second to last day against Metro.
We had over 20 players trial for the regional team each getting at least one match in the 2 warm up fixtures against South Canterbury and Canterbury Country. 12 players were selected with Toby Redfern captaining the side we had particular strength in the seam bowling department but went into the tournament without a frontline spinner and a fragile top order.
Toby Redfern did an excellent job as captain tactically but also led from the front taking 13 wickets at an average of just over 7. He had a batting average of 23.50 scoring runs at crucial times, Toby was the leading wicket taker at the tournament and was unlucky not to make the Canterbury U17's. Oscar Redfern was the best batter scoring 2 half centuries with a top score of 73, he scored over 200 runs last year at an average of 33.50. Richard Turpie was also one of the best bowlers taking 10 wickets at an average of 12. Cam Jopson took 10 catches behind the wicket and did an excellent job as the number 1 wicket keeper.
Coach: Mark Reid
Captain: Thom Graham
This team finished a creditable 4th in the regional tournament, although scoring just one more run in the final over of one of their games, which resulted in a tie, would have seen then playing off for 1st or 2nd. Archie Redfern and Tom Bell were both consistent as all-rounder: Tom Schmack blasted a ton; and Logan Currie, James Forbes and Thom Graham had good tournaments.
Year 8 Primary
Coach: Garfield Charles
Manager: Greta Currie
The Primary campaign got off to a bad start with some players withdrawing from the representative squad, thus reducing the already small player pool. Having said this, the rest of the squad commendably got on with the job and had a really good warm up program. The team went to the SIPST in Dunedin with good confidence and spirit, but let themselves down with their batting effort. They fielded and bowled consistently well throughout the tournament, with Liam Sullivan topping the bowling effort with his well-controlled leg breaks, finishing as the 4th highest wicket-taker for the tournament. Overall, Angus Jemmett, Isaac Bazley and Jonty Small batted consistently well throughout the season, with Harry MacMillan and Angus Jemmett being the pick of the bowlers. A huge thank you to Hayden MacMillan for his efforts in co-coaching and managing the team, as well as Rebecca Fletcher and the parents for making the environment such a really positive and pleasant one for all involved.
Coach: Garth Jemmett
Manager: Mark Wareing
The Year 7 team had a reasonable tournament despite being hampered by inclement weather and finished 6th out of 10 teams. Apart from Hugh Cameron scoring a half-century in one of the games, it was very much a collective team effort from the boys.
Coach: Dayle Jemmett
Manager: Brent Middleton
We had three pre-tournament games versus North Otago, South Canterbury and Christchurch Metro, with two very good wins against South Canterbury and Christchurch Metro and a loss against North Otago, who had several Year 7 boys playing.
We then selected our tournament team that played in the annual Canterbury regional tournament at Mandeville: the side consisted of four year-5 boys and the balance was from year 6. We had three very good wins out of four games and only lost one game to the eventual winners of the 10-team tournament, thus finishing in second place. This was a tremendous result.
Out of the tournament, including all teams that competed, we had the highest run scorer and average in Devon Flannery, and the highest wicket taker in Lachie Jemmett.
The team itself was coached in a way that discipline was the main aim and boys all bought into this, although fun was still a big part of what we did. We worked very hard on fielding at practices and, in my estimation, we were the best fielding side at the tournament.
Lastly, a big thanks to Brent and Sonia Middleton for making the team run smoothly at the tournament, and especially to Brent, as manager/co-coach as well, which made my job very simple. Also, the great support from the boys and their parents were excellent and, hopefully, all boys benefited from good competitive cricket, which I am sure will bode well for their futures.