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Message from the President

Dear All

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With the AUCC AGM imminent, I advise I won’t be continuing as President.   

 

It’s a decision that has been in the wind for a while.  For me, there is a real sense of it being the right time. 

 

It has been an honour to have been the President of the AUCC.  I have had a great deal of support, not just from the members of the committee, but also from supporters near and far.  

 

The club is in very good hands.   

I will continue to support the club and perhaps I can trade some of the time at meetings, for watching from the Longroom.  I look forward to catching up.

 

Adam


Invitation to 2018-19 Season Launch

Join us from 4pm to launch the season with fellow club members, players, sponsors and supporters. 

Meet our new Director of Cricket Johan Botha, hear from First Grade Captain Ben Wakim and all ot our new recruits. We will also be presenting all of our coaches and captains across all grades. 

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There will be snacks and drinks available for purchase throughout.  

Join us to launch the season in style.  

Notice of AGM

All members please note that the Annual General Meeting of the Adelaide University Cricket Club will be held on Friday 21 September at The Cathedral Hotel at 5pm. 

All members are invited to attend.  

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Player Sponsorship 2018-19

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A great way to contribute to the club is to sponsor a player for the season, for $500 your company will receive;

  • A photo / certificate of appreciation, 
  • Recognition of your sponsorship on all social media posts of your player throughout the season, 
  • Invites invites to club events and ongoing opportunities to mingle and network with other sponsors and stakeholders at club events.

For further details contact Sponsorship Co-ordinator Luke Crocker

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AUCC's Anthony Crocker awarded ATCA Life Membership

AUCC's Anthony Crocker awarded ATCA Life Membership
 
The ATCA Board of Management at its last meeting passed a motion approving the recommendation Anthony Crocker be accepted as a Life Member of the ATCA. 

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 Anthony’s involvement with the ATCA as follows.
 
  • Started playing cricket for AUCC in 1979 at SACA level and in his later years represented AUCC in the ATCA LO competition from 2000/2001 season.

  • Anthony’s major contribution to the ATCA has come in his role as an ATCA Commissioner. 

  • He has also held a similar role for SACA and Cricket Australia for a number of years. 
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  • He became the Chief Tribunal Commissioner in 1998/1999 and still holds that position. 
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  • His willingness to act as a sounding board for both Greg Gade and the Executive Officer remains a valuable provision the ATCA. 

  • Nominated as Honorary Life Member of the ATCA in 2000/2001. 

  • 20 years of service in a voluntary role makes Anthony a worthy recipient. 

  • As per the constitution the ATCA Board of Management ratifies the appointment of Anthony Crocker as a Life Member of ATCA.

Congratulations Anthony from all at The Blacks.  

AUCC Women looking to recruit new players for 2018-19 Season

Meet the Players - Volume 1


To get involved complete an Expression of Interest form and we will get back to you.

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.

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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.

AUCC Announce Johan Botha as Director of Cricket

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Adelaide University Cricket Club are pleased to announce that we have managed to recruit the services of former Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers all-rounder Johan Botha as Director of Cricket for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

 

A South African international Test, One Day and Twenty20 International Johan brings a huge amount of experience to The Blacks from his time playing professional cricket in the BBL, IPL and in other Twenty20 competitions across the world.  This season will see Johan playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in BBL 08 and also coaching Guyana in the Caribbean Premier League.  

 

In recent seasons Johan has been playing for Glenelg in the SACA West Premier Cricket but will make the journey over from the bay to take the reins at 'Beautiful' University Oval.  

 

Johan will bring a great deal of technical ability and mental strength to the role, with the aim of developing our young squads to win premierships and to play in first class cricket.  His role is to work with the coaches throughout the club and to build on the foundations already laid.  Johan will also don the whites when he is available, certainly in the early part of the season as he prepares for his Big Bash commitments.

 

Players, coaches and committee members are all excited about the appointment and look forward to working with Johan over the coming season and beyond.  

 

I am sure that you will all join us in welcoming Johan to The Blacks and that we can count on your continued support. 


Johan Botha - Director of Cricket - AUCC

  • Age : 36
  • Born in Johannesburg, raised in Port Elizabeth (South Africa) 
  • Played and captained South African cricket national team 
  • International :Played 5 tests, 78 ODIs, 40 T20Is
  • Domestic: First class: 90, List A 184, T20s- 204

Represented 

  • International - South Africa
  • First Class- Eastern Province, South Australia
  • BBL - Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Sixers
  • IPL- Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals
  • County- Northamptonshire
  • CPL- Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel

 

Cricinfo- " Johan Botha is the quintessential limited-overs player, who does several things well, adding value as a thrifty off spinner, a useful lower-order batsman and a fine fielder. During the late 2000s, he was a regular in South Africa's ODI and T20I squads. Botha's best suit is his offspin bowling: he is accurate, he varies his pace and length intelligently, and isn't afraid to bowl at any stage of an innings - attributes which made him a favourite in the limited-overs format. Between 2007 and 2011, Botha played 66 ODIs and took 64 wickets at an economy rate of 4.53. In the 2011 World Cup, he had a fine economy rate of 4.07 in the five matches he played. Before that, in 2009, he also led South Africa to an ODI series win against Australia in Australia in 2009."

 

Other interests- Johan Botha is an avid runner and attempting "Run down under" (14,000 km in 4 months). He has also taken up playing Baseball in South Australia in the SABL for the West Torrens Baseball Club for the upcoming 2017/2018 Season.


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Queen's Birthday Honours for AUCC Veterans

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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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