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In early April 2020, Gepps Cross Cricket Club was announced as South Australia's Club of the Year. Gepps Cross Cricket Club is a community club playing in the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association and the North Eastern Junior Cricket Association. Through the dedication of the hard-working committee, Gepps Cross has seen a growth of five junior teams over the past three seasons, along with a club-run Woolworths Cricket Blast program with 128 children, and the implementation and sustainability of an U12 Strikers Girls Cricket League team. Gepps Cross is active in supporting multicultural communities and are known as a welcoming club for all.
A Friday night at Gepps Cross Cricket Club would see a thriving Woolworths Cricket Blast, Under 10 Stage 1 Junior Formats and Under 12 Strikers Girls Cricket League. The atmosphere and positive experiences that the volunteers create at the club make Gepps Cross a destination club in Adelaide.
First established in 1896, the Stanley Cricket Association has boasted as many as 20 different clubs playing within it over the years. It has a strong commitment to developing its junior ranks so that its future remains strong, growing by 30 per cent over the past decade and creating a peer based competition in the U10 and U12 competitions. The association has put a large focus creating welcoming environments for female participation within the boys competitions and this has resulted in three girls currently playing regular A Grade games and others competing in the junior ranks. The association boasts 60 Level 1 accredited coaches and 10 Child Safe Officers, committing to having well educated volunteers to create the safest and best environment for their players.
Community Cricket Club of the Year Finalists
- Watervale Cricket Club, Mid North
- Glenelg ANA Cricket Club, Plympton
- The Monash Cricket Club, Riverland
- Charlton Cricket Club Port Lincoln Incorporated
- Imperial Cricket Club Inc, Murray Towns
Mundulla Cricket Club in SA's South East activated a Junior Blasters program for the first time this season. Despite the local primary school having only 60 students, the club had 12 kids register for the program which started in Term 4. Program Coordinators Nick and Belinda Barrett have generated excellent parent engagement, with 'Rob the Nest' a favourite parents versus kids game in the community. The club also combined junior and senior grades in their Cricket Blast sessions, with the Junior Blasters taking to the field during the lunch break of the Mundulla v Mundulla senior grade fixture in January before joining both teams as the 'Spirit of Cricket' was read by a Life Member of the club.
ICA Sportzworx Stepney was awarded SACA’s Indoor Cricket Facility of the Year for their work in supporting women and girls participation and their generosity in opening doors to a club without a home. Since 2014, Stepney has been the home of women’s indoor cricket in SA, hosting eight teams and working closely with volunteers to start a new junior girls program. Stepney often prioritises cricket so players can have the very best experience. Last season, the Pink Panthers club needed a home after the Modbury Centre closed. Stepney opened its doors and found a way to host two clubs within the one venue, allowing more players to participate each week.
Trinity College was awarded the 'Cricket in Schools' award for their work in providing the entire grassroots pathway to their students, from WWCB to junior and senior cricket (including an Old Scholars club), representative opportunities and even trialing the use of Flicx pitches to increase the number of games that can be played at their school. On the other side of town, Star of the Sea School and Grange Primary School teamed up last winter to provide an opportunity for young girls to try and learn cricket, resulting in an increase in junior girls club cricket in the area. The two schools were awarded the 'Women and Girls Initiative of the Year' award for their program.