With footy finals underway, it can only mean one thing – cricket is just around the corner! After two years of limited pre-season, it has been pleasing to see we have been able to have a proper lead into the new season. Here is the latest news:
JUNIOR BLASTERS & MASTER BLASTERS
Another exciting Blasters program is planned for Heathmont for the upcoming season on HE Parker No 1 Oval, 9am-10am Saturday mornings. This season will include a 14-week fun filled program for the boys and girls for their introduction into cricket. The first session begins on Saturday 15th October 2022. For further information please contact Vice President Trent Carr on 0414 296 480.
Academy: The 4-week Junior Academy was held during August and it was pleasing to see some of our junior boys & girls fine tuning their skills in preparation for the season ahead.
Pre-season training & registrations: Junior pre-season is now two weeks in with great numbers attending our first two sessions at Saxon Indoor in Croydon. Seasonal handover is two weeks away and training will resume outside after that time. Thank you to everyone who has registered so far, strong numbers for all age groups. Please contact Junior Vice President Glenn Arbuckle on 0418 349 869 if you have any Junior queries. Junior training continues for the next two Saturdays from 9.50am-11am at Saxon.
Girls: Stage 1 & Stage 2 girls will be entered for the new season. The season commences on Wednesday 12th October. For all enquires please contact girls coach Paul Perry on 0488 143 443.
Junior Fixture: As per usual we are expecting the fixture to be released at the start of October and we will update you once we receive it. The season commences on Friday 7th October.
Pre-season: A strong pre-season so far with good numbers attending both Wednesday evening and Saturday morning training sessions, under the watchful eye of new coach Jake Cairns. To date, we have had 64 players attend at different stages. If you haven’t trained yet, now is the time as turf spots will be hotly contested! With both Tom Thirlwell & Trent Wynne again returning to the top order, there is excitement in the air for the new season ahead.
Pre-season training (remaining sessions):
Sat 17 Sept: 10.30am - 12noon (Saxon)
Wed 21 Sept: 8.00pm - 9.30pm (Saxon)
Thu 22 Sept: Practice Matches Heathmont vs Boronia (Chandler Park, Times TBC)
Tues 27 Sept: HE Parker Reserve No 1 Oval (Times TBC)
Thurs 29 Sept: HE Parker Reserve No 1 Oval (Times TBC) & first selection night
Round 1: Saturday 1 Oct
Practice Matches: Two practice matches have been secured on the public holiday Thursday 22 September vs Boronia to be held at Chandler Park on synthetic. More information to follow over the coming week. Please advise Jake Cairns on 0491 095 607 if you are unavailable.
Registrations: Early Bird registrations finish this coming Monday 19th September. We do require everyone to register as soon as possible as the season is less than 3 weeks away. Please go to the Heathmont Cricket Club website to register.
Fixture: We are expecting the full fixture for both turf & synthetic to be released in the coming week. The 1st round is confirmed to start on Saturday 1st October for all turf matches (including Sunday Turf) and synthetic matches. The Limited Overs Competition (LOC) for our 6th XI & 7th XI will commence on Saturday 8th October 2022.
After a great stint in the BHRDCA Veterans competition, the club has decided to move the HCC Veterans to the ECA competition to align with the senior club, thus allowing greater turf opportunities for our Vets cricketers. Neil Barker is again saddling up for an amazing 16th year as Vets captain. For more information about HCC Veterans please contact Neil on 0421 739 066 or Kyle Gogarty on 0427 198 680 for Vets registrations.
In our 100th year we are looking to establish our first ever women’s team (please find information attached). All ages and abilities are welcome!
Hoodies: The hoodies have arrived!
Junior hoodies are $50 each, proudly sponsored by KEBLES TRADING.
Senior Hoodies are $60 each, proudly sponsored by Elite Constructions.
Junior & Senior Blue Playing Tops: Are due to arrive in the next two weeks, we will notify everyone as soon as they do!
Whites/Creams: Same as above, due in the coming weeks.
Baggy Caps/Caps: We have plenty in stock.
Ray Brogden will again be looking after the clothing for the new season. Uniform will be available to purchase at the clubrooms from Thursday 29 Sept.
The Montonians packages will be released next week beginning 19th September. A part payment of $20 will secure your spot as a Montonian if you are unable to pay the full amount upfront and you will still receive the full benefits. Of course, we will accept full upfront payments, however we are mindful members are purchasing 100th year anniversary tickets, uniform, etc.
The full social calendar will be released upon receipt of playing fixture. We can confirm however that we will be celebrating our new facility at Proclamation Park on Sat 12 Nov, more details to come.
100TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
on Monday 31 October, 2022 (Cup Eve) at Karralyka Centre, tickets selling fast! An important milestone for our Club, please make every effort to come along. Click the link to secure you spot: https://www.karralyka.com.au/Theatre/Touring-and-community/Heathmont-Cricket-Club-100th-Year-Anniversary-Celebration