Volunteers are the lifeblood of cricket and our trainings, games, programs, carnivals, clubs and associations would not be possible without them.

National Volunteer Week: 18-24 May 2020 

To kick off the celebrations, we are thrilled to announce that we have four South Australian finalists for the Cricket Australia National Community Cricket Awards. Congratulations to Jarryd Roberts, finalist for Young Leader of the Year, Multicultural Communities of Australia, finalist for both Inclusion/Diversity and Junior Cricket Initiative of the Year, Fitzroy Community Club, finalist for Junior Cricket Initiative of the Year, and The Barossa Council with the Barossa & Light Cricket Association, finalists for Partnership of the Year. We wish our finalists good luck at the National Awards which will be announced soon.

In SA, our annual Community Cricket Awards were unable to go ahead but the finalists and winners were announced on on Sunday 5 April. Get to know some of our winners.

Jarryd Roberts, Kent Llewellyn and David Rodgers, as well as Wayne Gilgen were all recognised for their outstanding efforts

At only 15, Jarryd Roberts was instrumental in establishing The Monash Cricket Club. At 18 he was captain of his senior side and at 19 he started Woolworths Cricket Blast program. Still under the age of 21, Jarryd has been running a high-quality WWCB program, ensuring growth and sustainability in juniors at his club. In addition, Jarryd sits on the Riverland Executive and is a highly respected part of the Riverland Cricket community, creating an atmosphere where people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures are welcome. Jarryd was a worthy winner of the Young Leader of the Year award, proven with his selected as a National finalist for Cricket Australia’s awards.

This season’s Community Cricket Coach of the Year is Kent Llewellyn. At a club level, Kent has worked hard to ensure an inclusive experience for all participants at all skill levels. He develops and shares simple and easy game plans and goals for individuals and teams to aid not only physical skill sets but also in developing their mental approach to the game. At an association level, Kent has undertaken key coaching roles to ensure that development sides made up of younger players that aren’t quite ready for the main teams are able to experience higher levels of cricket. After hours of research, Kent sets individual and team reachable targets to keep the players focused and then evaluates the performance post game ticking off the achieved goals. Nairne Cricket Club say they “are one very lucky club to have him choose us”.

David Rodgers is known for his willingness to assist in covering matches across the Hills and metro area as well as coaching other umpires to improve the standard of umpires across the Hills region. A worthy winner of the Community Official of the Year award, David’s willingness to not only assist in covering matches some distance away from his home but also to coach other associations' umpires has him committing to significant travel each weekend to improve the standard of umpires. David is also renowned for coaching from his umpiring position at Strikers Girls Cricket League matches, in a bid to help new female players learn the game.

Wayne Gilgen from Murray Towns Cricket Association and Imperial Cricket Club was announced as SA cricket’s Volunteer of the Year, chosen from a high-quality group of finalists. While holding a multitude of volunteer roles, Wayne’s stand out work this season was his efforts in relocating and ensuring the Meyer Shield competition went ahead after fires devastated the host location, Kangaroo Island. Holding numerous coaching roles, a junior coordinator roles and Vice President role, Wayne has assisted a new young president, progresses STARCLUB and ensured full implementation of online registration.

Volunteer of the Year finalists
Steve Dash, Happy Valley Cricket Club
Hedy Hawthorne, Pinnaroo Cricket Club
Lauren Kakoschke, Maitland Cricket Club
Mike Stanley, SA Veterans Cricket Association
Dominic Garuccio, Grange Cricket Club

Multicultural Communities of Australia have had a massive year as State winners and National finalists in the Inclusion and Diversity Initiative of the Year category, as well as joint State winners and National finalists with Fitzroy Community Club in the Junior Cricket Initiative of the Year category. MCA are leading the way nationally in providing opportunities and quality experiences to best engage with multiple families from many different communities, including more than 850 junior participants and a women’s Super Cricket team. In September 2019, a collaboration between MCA and Fitzroy Community Club saw the rise of a Junior World Cup with more than 600 people in attendance!

Advice from Multicultural Communities Australia saw Under 10 and Under 12 teams invited to participate representing Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Fitzroy Community Club gained sponsorship from a local storage company which allowed the club to purchase shirts for the participants which were worn on the day. These were themed in their nation of origin colours. Despite some poor weather on the day of the event, more than 500 people attended to support the 120 participants in their four-match carnival. The event drew the attention of local ethnic media, with several filmed segments being broadcast locally and internationally in the subcontinent.

Fans at Nuriootpa's Centennial Park Oval at a WBBL match between the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars

This season, the Barossa Council with the Barossa & Light Cricket Association hosted the first South Australian regional WBBL game as well as the Under 14 and Under 12 Country Cup and the inaugural Girls Country Cup Competition. These two events were well received in the community and contributed towards significant growth in cricket fans and participants, particularly in the women and girls space. The Barossa Council is working with SACA and the BLCA to build and grow cricket participation and events in the Barossa region. The council has developed a 10-year plan called 'The Big Project' which features $10-$15 million of facility development in the region that directly impacts cricket facilities and in turn being a key driver for high quality and inclusive facilities.

Congratulations to our winners and finalists and thank you to all of you who make cricket experiences fun and safe for the SA community.