Cricket is Back for Gordon Juniors

Cricket is Back for Gordon Juniors

Register Now for 2014/15 Season 

The new junior cricket season is just around the corner, which means it’s now time to sign up for Gordon Juniors.
The new season starts September 20 and 21, 2014, with a pre-season round for all teams. The season officially starts October 11 and 12.
Please go to  www.gordonjuniorcricket.com and click on the Registration link at the top of the page or click HERE.

Click on the in2Cricket link at the top of the home page for in2Cricket registration.
We look forward to seeing all our wonderful Gordon Juniors returning in 2014/15. 

The club would especially like to welcome new players.
Our players - particularly in the younger age groups - usually come from Chatswood, Willoughby, Artarmon, Castlecrag, Castle Cove and Middle Cove. However, anyone can join our club no matter where they live. Everyone is welcome.
Competitions
For the 2014/15 season:
Sat AM
U9 (8am start)  - teams who played last year/teams with older players
U9 (10:15am start) - new teams/those with younger players
U10
U11 (Division 1 and 2 likely)
U12/13
Sat PM
U12 (Division 1 and 2 likely)
U13 (Division 1 and 2 likely)
U14
Sun AM
U13/14
U14/15
U16/17 (played on turf)
Success Story
Gordon Juniors has grown dramatically over the past few years. The club expects to have 27 teams next season – that’s double the number from three seasons ago.
Why is this? The answer lies, in part, in the club’s philosophy of a fair go and equal participation for all players. The club promotes enjoyment ahead of victory. We welcome boys and girls of all abilities and we make sure they have fun while improving their skills during the season.
Teams
In the younger age groups, teams usually form on a friendship basis. However, the club will always help players find a team that suits them. Just ask us.
Once a team is settled, it's up to the managers to decided which division they think best suits their team. If you think you have a potentially strong group of players, select division one.
Fees
Registration Fee is $230 – the same as last season. There is a $20 discount for siblings. This fee includes the extra skills sessions on Fridays for age groups Under 9 to Under 13. It also includes special one-on-one sessions for older players.
Clothing
Club caps, hats and shirts are also be purchased as part of the registration. Each player must wear a Gordon Juniors cricket shirt $35 and either a club cap or hat $20. You can order shirts, caps and hats by clicking on the Junior Payment Registration Form or by clicking on the ONLINE SHOP link at the top of the HOME page.
NB: Once you've made your purchase you must co-ordinate collection with your manager.
Email inquiries to: gordonjuniors@hotmail.com
For in2Cricket: in2Cricket@gordoncricket.com 

Your Questions Answered

Your Questions Answered

Read Here for FAQ 

Here are the answers to some of your questions for the upcoming junior cricket season.

Why is the Club Called Gordon?

A common question. We are the junior half of the Gordon District Cricket Club which plays in the Sydney grade competition and is based at Chatswood Oval. At the Junior Club, most of our players live in and around Willoughby, Chatswood, Artarmon, Castle Cove, Castlecrag, Middle Cove and Roseville. However, all players are welcome no matter where they live. We're a very friendly club!

Can Girls Play?

Yes, girls are very welcome. Please note there is a league for girls. Please see Breakers Junior League at www.bjcl.nsw.cricket.com.au or click HERE

Is it All About Winning

No! Our Club is growing in numbers in part because we put involvement, enjoyment and fair play before winning. Our teams rotate batting orders each week to give everyone a go. Everyone is treated equally and that means lots of happy kids.

When Does the 2014/15 Season Start?

First games are the weekend of September 20 and 21. This is a pre-season round for all Gordon teams. The first competitive games against other clubs are on weekend on October 10 and 11.

What Is My Age Group?

The age is determined at August 31, 2014. So if you are 8 or younger on the August 31 then you play in U9s. If you are 9 or younger on the August 31 then you play in U10s – and so forth.

What If I Want to Play Down an Age Group?

It is possible but the final decision rests with the NSJCA. Please alert the club via an email to gordonjuniors@hotmail.com and we can help with an application for dispensation.

Where Do You Train?

Our grounds are Willoughby Oval, Bales Park (for Under 9s) and Artarmon Reserve. Please note that Willoughby Council will close Chatswood HS and Thomson Oval at Artarmon for the entire summer for upgrade to artificial turf. This reduces the number of ovals at which we can train.

When Do You Train?

It’s up to the teams to decide but it is once a week after school.

Do You Grade Teams?

No but managers and coaches place their teams in the divisions they see as appropriate. NB: Some age groups only have one division.

When Do You Play?

The following is the competition structure.

Sat AM

U9 (8am start)  - teams who played last year/teams with older players

U9 (10:15am start) - new teams/those with younger players

U10

U11 (Division 1 and 2 likely)

U12/13

Sat PM

U12 (Division 1 and 2 likely)

U13 (Division 1 and 2 likely)

U14

Sun AM

U13/14

U14/15

U16/17 (played on turf)

What Is Under 9s Cricket?

This is the entry level after Milo in2Cricket. It is a modified version of the game called Average Cricket. Please see the NSJCA site for the Blue Book, which has all the rules or click HERE

What Are the Rules?

All is found in the NSJCA Blue Book. Click HERE for the Blue Book.


More questions? Email: gordonjuniors@hotmail.com





Mayor's Pledge to Help Gordon Juniors

Mayor's Pledge to Help Gordon Juniors

Boost to Club's Desire for a Place to Call Home 

Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney has thrown her support behind Gordon Juniors and the club's ambition for a home base.

When asked before the recent election about her view on a range of issues involving Gordon Junioors, Councillor Giles-Gidney said: "I look forward to talking to you more specifically about your needs and how we can work together to provide an appropriate home for Gordon Junior Cricket."
She added: "I am very keen on promoting sport and recreation within our city and I see cricket as a key part of that. 

"I'm also very aware of both the limited availability of grounds in Willoughby City, and the increasing cost of those grounds upon clubs. Artarmon Reserve is actually a great case in point, the condition of the oval is not to a standard that I would be happy with and yet I am aware of the increase in costs current users have incurred.

Gordon Juniors - which mirrors the Willougby council area with about 400 families involved in junior cricket - raised several key points with all mayoral candidates. They were:

  • Fair and logical access to cricket training facilities during season.
  • Improvement of these facilities.
  • The need for a home base for Gordon Juniors.
  • Open and continuing consultation by Council with Gordon Juniors and other like minded amateur sporting bodies.

Councillor Giles-Gidney addded: "During my past 5 years as a Sailors Bay Councillor, I've worked closely with the users of Northbridge Oval (now with much improved nets) and with the users of Bicentennial Park to better align their growing needs with resources available."
Junior cricket faces many pressing challenges when it comes to equitable access to council grounds and facilities for midweek training and matches. The quality of the grounds and facilities - and the inherent safety issues - also needs urgent solutions. 

We see the establishment of a home base for our growing cricket club as a priority. In securing a home base, the Club recognises the need to ensure that other sports are accommodated fairly. The Club does not seek dominant access or a monopoly over the facilities. We are committed to working with Council on multi access, especially across summer and winter seasons. 


Match Reports Online Now

Match Reports Online Now

Catch Up On All The Fun Each Week 

Match reports and photos are a big hit with players and parents.

To check out the action from each weekend go to the Match Report tab on the left of Home Page and select the 2013/14 season. Or just click HERE. For those who want a stroll down memory lane, you can also find match reports from previous seasons.

Keep those match reports and photos coming in. Please send all match reports and photos to gordonjuniors@hotmail.com.

Match reports from the new season will follow soon.




in2Cricket's Season of Fun

in2Cricket's Season of Fun

See You in September 2014    

It's time for our in2Cricket centre to take a break after a fantastic summer of fun.

We had almost 120 children enjoying cricket with Gordon Juniors every Saturday morning. As well as having heaps of fun, the children were developing their cricket skills.

in2Cricket is ideal for children aged 5 to 8 although we do take children younger and older.

My thanks to all the boys and girl for making it a really great season of Milo in2Cricket at Beauchamp Park in Chatswood. I'd especially like to thank all the wonderful parents for getting involved on Saturdays. Being a part of your child's early cricket experience makes it more enjoyable.

Each week the players and parents turned up with big smiles for a morning of fun while learning the skills of cricket. These are skills vital to building the confidence of the boys and girls as they advance into Under 9s and beyond.

One season highlight was been the successful Bring Your Sister Day where girls came along to experience the cricket fun.

Another highlight was Pink Stumps Day raising money for the McGrath Foundation.

 

Enrolment for 2014/15

You can enrol now for the 2014/15 Milo in2Cricket season with the Gordon District Junior Cricket Club to help develop your child's love of the great game. You can enrol by clicking on the Milo in2Cricket tab at the top of the Home page or by clicking HERE. Do not fill out a Junior Registration form if you want to register for Milo In2Cricket next season. In the meantime, please read the information below and I look forward to seeing you next Saturday.

 

FAQs and other important things

 

Where?

  • Beauchamp Oval, Nicholson Street, Chatswood

 

When?

  • Next session is a date TBC in September 2014.


Parking?

  • Is limited so please factor this into travel times etc.

 

What Time?

  • 7:45 for an 8am Start 

 

What if my child does not have their Gordon Shirt and Shorts?

  • Be at the pavilion at Beauchamp at 7:30 and I will help you. 

 

Do we need to bring cricket gear? Bats, balls etc?

  • No. All gear is provided. 

 

Wet Weather?

 

What to bring?

  • Each child must have a hat. (Special hats and other goodies to come.) 
  • Water Bottle
  • Wearing sunscreen

 

Do parents need to stay?

  • It is preferred if parents can join in the fun.

 

How will I place children into the groups/teams?

  • The groups are picked on age and I do my best to put friends with friends (as requested on registration form). This is not always possible due to group size and some friends not yet registered. There are no good, bad or whatever teams. They’re all fun teams.
  • In2cricket is not only about playing the game, but being able to expand our children's social skills. Please stay with the groups listed for the first week. PLEASE - do not email or call re changing teams.

 

How many teams?

  • This depends on numbers but going on last season we expect at least 12 teams. All will be named after current NSW cricketers. I will endeavour to keep the teams even but with late registrations the numbers vary from team to team. I have also kept the younger kids' teams smaller so they can have a bit more supervision.

 

See you in September, 2014.

Kirsten Levy

Gordon Cricket Club In2Cricket Coordinator
in2Cricket@gordoncricket.com