17 September, 2020
Junior Cricket set for exciting new season
Gilgandra Junior Cricket (GJC) will be building on the momentum started last year and have been in talks with Dubbo District Junior Cricket Association (DDJCA) about joining their competition for home and away games.
GJC president Joe Spora said the junior cricketers played a number of friendly games against Dubbo sides last year and really enjoyed competing at a higher level.
“The committee has resolved to build on that momentum and to nominate teams to again play in the Dubbo competition this year. While for years Gilgandra cricket has been able to stand alone, it’s becoming more apparent that to develop skills, we need better pathways and our cricketer’s need to play against better opposition,” said Mr Spora.
“DDJCA offers that opportunity. The kids love the idea of playing together for Gilgandra as opposed to against each other and it is great that Dubbo are very supportive of Gilgandra joining a home and away competition.
“The DDJCA also provides an opportunity for the older aged players. Based on previous year’s registration numbers, we could nominate three teams from ages 11 to 15 and we are hopeful this will be the case this year. With the older children playing in in the DDJCA, it doesn’t mean the master and junior blaster formats will miss out,” said Mr Spora.
“We plan to consult with parents on how to improve these formats, including whether it is better suited to mid-week session or to stay on Saturday mornings. An online survey will be conducted through the Gilgandra Junior Cricket Facebook page to help the club plan for the upcoming season.
The GJCA will again be hosting a two-day cricket coaching clinic in the school holidays and will be soon calling for registrations for the clinic.
This year will see a special focus on girls in cricket. Mr Spora said GJCA is confident of meeting social distancing requirements as they are set to implement Cricket NSW’s COVID Safe Plan.
“Cricket is one game where social distancing comes naturally, and shouldn’t present too many issues,” said Mr Spora. Registrations for the 2020-21 Junior Cricket season will be