AS THE rugby and soccer seasons give way to cricket once again and the sleeping administrations rouse themselves for another season, so too have the various entities within the Sydney City & Suburban Cricket Association.
The coming of Spring signals preparations surrounding the new cricket season are in full swing.
One recent piece of correspondence from the hierarchy regarding dress code, seemed at first to be a bit of a chuckle as it pointed out that “shirts hanging out was just not on” as was the wearing of multi-coloured shirts and so on.
On reflection though, respecting old values are often the “little things” that can enhance the overall sporting experience.
Why do people who don’t even particularly like rugby union want to watch the Wallabies singing of the national anthem ?
They would love to see these otherwise burly brutes shoulder to shoulder, looking straight ahead and in full voice, sing with pride Advance Australia Fair.
Why do the tennis elite still regard playing at Wimbledon with reverence and abide by their strict dress code of no advertising and all white dress?
Because those old values make it special, make it different to the other grand slams (besides the surface it’s played on of course).
When Steve Waugh was the Australian Test cricket captain he brought in the team cap ceremony for debutantes and the wearing of the Ôbaggy green” by all the team on the first session in the field. Both initiatives were applauded for what they brought to the team and the game.
These old values are all “little things”, but it’s the little things that quite often make the difference.
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WE ARE eager to get some more players joining our Hunters Hill Pirates City & Suburban ranks.
Some young lads in their late teens still keen to play on turf wickets, as well as older guys still enthusiastic to play the game without the commitments involved with grade competion, but again, still on turf wickets the old school way it’s meant to be played.
Sadly, the only cricketers that play on turf wickets these days are schoolboys (Public and Private schools) and players that compete in district grade teams, City & Suburban, Masters and Tim Creer Cup competitions.
Everyone else plays on synthetic which is still great, but it’s not the same.
So the invitation is there. Come and play with your local team, the Hunters Hill Pirates and in particular their City & Suburban side.
But there’s more to this competion than just the turf pitches.
It’s the little things.
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THERE ARE no points in City & Suburban Cricket.
It’s just guys wanting to play proper cricket at a reasonable skill level on turf, basically as a one-day game, only with test match rules. Because there are no points at stake, the games are played in a friendlier manner with both teams getting together during the change of innings and at the end being the norm rather than the exception.
Which after all was how it was originally intended, being the “gentleman’s game”!
Now if you like not having your shirt tucked in and you want to wear orange socks instead of white, we’d still love you to come and play cricket with us.
We just want you to get the most out of playing cricket and enjoying the game.
Our club wants you to be able to pass that on or even better share it with your mates or your sons.
So again I invite you to come and join us this season on the turf at Boronia Park Oval.
Please contact us on our Facebook Page at Hunters Hill City & Suburban Pirates Cricket Club @hhpcs or email Steve at: firstname.lastname@example.org
STEVE DRAKE is manager of the Hunters Hill Pirates cricket team that competes in the City & Suburban Cricket competition.