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Cricket Australia Premier Cricket Club of the Year 2018


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At a star-studded ceremony in Melbourne AUCC won the Award of 2018 Premier Cricket Club of the Year at the Cricket Australia A Sport for All Awards.  


Club Chairman Stephen Dickinson and Club Head Coach Ben Hilliard were both on hand to collect the award that was presented for our commitment to establishing a strong women’s program focused on learning, improving and retention. The club has a firm focus on inclusion demonstrated by their commitment to introducing international students from non-traditional cricket countries to the game.


SACA who nominated us for the award commented, " It's great to see Adelaide Uni getting the gong here – well done! Deserved recognition for the mountains of work you and your team have undertaken over the years". 


AUCC has created sustainable participation in cricket through the ongoing development of its players and its facilities. 


The introduction of a women’s development team in the newly established ATCA Women’s competition has now established an internal pathway for female players. The side has offered more opportunities for beginners to get involved in the game and some of these players have already been selected for matches in the higher SACA side.

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 AUCC Representatives David Penn, Rosemary Penn, Joleen Hall, Bonny Miller and Joanne Hedges receive the SACA  Club of the Year Award

The club encourages its players to undertake coaching accreditation courses so they can provide coaching to other players at AUCC and other clubs.  Members of the SACA Women’s side have who have undertaken coaching courses have taken coaching roles within the club.  They are also the key drivers behind the club working to establish a Strikers Girls League from within the University community, providing opportunities for girls to learn to play the game.


The club also continues to invest in its facilities.  This season the hardwicket practice facility at University Oval has been upgraded.  This facility is heavily used by the wider community, including school and residential college groups as well as by local residents.


University has shown a firm commitment to inclusion especially since re-establishing women’s cricket at the club in 2011.  Since that time the club has had players from non-traditional cricket countries such as Germany, Austria and Venezuela.  These have been international students who have seen cricket on television and have wanted to ‘have a go’ as part of their experience of living in Australia.  This season a current player represented SA in the state aboriginal women’s team at the National Indigenous Championships. 


In recent years, the men’s senior sides have also experienced a significant change in their demographics.  With the increase in numbers of international students, University attracts players from a range of countries including India, Pakistan and Nepal.

The club continues to develop its relationship with Blind Cricket SA, playing an annual game against BCSA for the last few years.  BCSA regularly train and play at the University Oval grounds.

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At SACA’s Community Awards, with AUCC members: Deepak Chetry (recognized for his work in the Nepalese community ), Jo Hedges (State Aboriginal Women’s team), Rosemary Penn OAM (Cricket Australia Fifty Year Service award for service to Blind Cricket and AUCC), and Joleen Hall and Bonny Miller (captains of our Women’s teams that have introduced international students from non-traditional cricket countries to the game).


The club has ensured a high-quality experience for everyone, regardless of their background in cricket.  This season after promoting the Strikers Girls League two high school aged Chinese students have come out to the club to learn to play cricket.  They have absolutely loved being a part of the club, regularly attending training and playing a few games in our development side.  They have already started to contribute to the club, volunteering at O’Week promotions and helping with the club’s Pink Stumps Day.  The Club also has a program of past player lunches and other social events to keep past players engaged with the club.


Adelaide Uni has ensured cricket is a sport for all Australians by offering a wide range of opportunities to be involved in the game.  This season the club has established an Over 50s side, providing a new chance to play for the club.  As a result, the club is now providing the opportunity to be involved in cricket to all Australians; young and old, male and female, and from a wide range of backgrounds.

Rock Up Cricket

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In a new initiative from Adelaide University Cricket Club we will be introducing a new series of events to introduce the game to students new to Adelaide, international students and any other potential players not yet playing club cricket. 

As it says in the name just 'Rock up' and play.  Completely free of charge to all participants we aim to introduce elements of the T20 game in a fun and non-competitive environment.  The events will be open to males and females and will be facilitated by AUCC club players and coaches.

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Queen's Birthday Honours for AUCC Veterans

three Blacks were awarded honours in the 2018 Queens Birthday Awards.  congratulations to all three.

Geoff Harcourt was a legend of AUFC, playing and coaching hundreds of games, and also played for AUCC in the mid to late 1970’s, as a studious and careful opening batsman, fond of gliding and nudging the ball. He was the inaugural captain of the SACA D Grade (now the 4ths) when it introduced, and later played and captained our ATCA har
d wicket team with his old Economics Department mate Dr Fred (“Chocka”) Bloch.

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andon seemed particularly adept at finding, and no batsman was keen to find himself in that net, particularly in fading light. He soon found himself in the A Grade, and picked up a number of quality wickets with his searing pace, and one day memorably broke State batsman John Nash’s jaw. Some lower back problems and the start of his brilliant academic career curtailed his cricket achievements, but those who played with him at his best well remember his serious pace, yet languid manner.

Dr Richard Wilson played for AUCC In the 1960s and was a polished and nimble wicket keeper and capable batsman who played a significant amount of A Grade cricket whilst an undergraduate. He has continued to take a keen interest in the Club, and is a Life Member and ongoing supporter of the AUCC Foundation.

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