To The POINT
with KATE BERMINGHAM

AT THE Christmas break, the 2016/2017 season has been successful for one of NSW’s largest cricket clubs Ryde Hunters Hill Pirates in the Inner West Harbour Cricket Association competitions.

The participation levels are very high, especially in the younger age groups, that play a modified game to encourage fun, participation and skill development, in a safe environment.

We are fielding nine teams this summer in both the Under 8s and Under 9 age groups.

In the older age groups, there have been some exceptional team performances.

There are currently Pirates’ teams in the hunt for a finals spot in each of the age groups.

Individually, there have been some excellent performances across all age divisions, which has been recognised with selection in the Inner West Harbour Junior Cricket Association representative teams.

The stand-out was the U/13 Gee Shield side where seven Pirates players made up the original squad of 14.

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JUDGING from the performance of the representative teams, the standard of local junior cricket is as strong as anywhere in Sydney. The Inner West Harbour JCA U/10 (Foster Shield), U/11 (Creak Shield) and U/12 Cawsey Shield teams all reached the semi finals with the U/10s finishing runners-up.

We are fielding seven senior teams across various competitions, played on turf and synthetic pitches.

The Pirates have three senior teams in finals contention, with our Tim Creer Cup side currently running second and our two Inner West Harbour A Grade teams placed first and fifth respectively.

A major project over the past two years has been the improvement of the Boronia Park Oval turf wicket.

The initial reports have been that experienced groundsman, Jim Cameron and the Hunters Hill Council have done a great job.

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SEASON highlight came just before Christmas when seven buses took 300 players and parents to Spotless Stadium to watch our alliance partners and defending BBL Twenty20 premiers Sydney Thunder take on the Sydney Sixers.

A great night was had by all!

A significant initiative this season has been the engagement of professional coaches, who have been conducting skills sessions for the entire Club on Wednesday afternoons.

There have been about 100 players at these sessions each week, who will all enjoy the game even more with their improved skills.

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THESE holidays the Club conducted a series of three day camps, that commenced on January 18.

These are run by professional coaches, with a focus on skills and fun.

Next camp is on January 25. For further details view the Club’s website www.piratescricket.com or contact Kate Bermingham on 0451 102 003.

Our next big goal is to introduce an all-girls team, and we are looking for players to play in an eight week Saturday U/13 Twenty20 competition, starting on January 28.

Anyone interested should contact Kate ASAP.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our major sponsors, Hunters Hill Hotel and Advance Designs for their ongoing support. Without this, many of the Club’s initiatives would not occur.

We are very much looking forward to the next half of the season, on and off the field.

KATE BERMINGHAM is Secretary of Ryde-Hunters Hill Pirates Cricket Club