CONSISTENCY AND SOLID PERFORMANCE REWARDS NICK KELLY WITH A CONTRACT WITH NORTHERN DISTRICTS

Nick Kelly (Counties Manukau) has been awarded his first domestic cricket contract with the SKYCITY Northern Knights. 

Northern Spirit Sign White Fern and WBBL All Rounder Hayley Jensen

Hayley Jensen will join the Northern Spirit for the remainder of their Women's Domestic Cricket Season. 

GoGirl Cricket Festival

For Year 5-8 girls, join us for a Festival of Cricket at Seddon Park, 23rd March.

Northern Districts Club Championships Semi Finals

The semi finals of the Northern Districts Club Championship will take place on Sunday 10th January. Greerton, the defending champions, travel to Galloway Park in Hamilton to take on Hamilton Old Boys. Old Boys qualified for the semis by beating Kaipaki (Waikato Valley).

The other semi final sees Manukau (Counties Manukau) host Kamo (Northland) at War Memorial Park in Manurewa.

The winners go on to the final on January 24th. The winner of the final receives not only the Eric Petrie Trophy, but also entry into the National Club Championship to be held at Cornwall Park, Auckland in April. Otumoetai Cadets from Tauranga in 2004 remain the only Northern Districts' club to have won a National Championship.


Northern Districts’ Under 18 Girls’ to Heading to Invitational Tournament

Northern Districts Cricket, Auckland Cricket and Cricket Wellington will participate in an invitational quadrangular tournament for their Under 18 Girls' representatives at Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura January 11-14.  The four teams (two from Auckland, one each from Wellington and Northern Districts) will partake in the unofficial four day tournament that was developed to give the young players game experience at a high level.  
The tournament will be played in the following format:

Day 1 - T20 Match
Day 2 - 50 Over Match
Day 3 - 50 Over Match
Day 4 - T20 (2 games each)

The Northern Districts Under 18 Girls' Team to play in the Quadrangular Tournament:
Olivia Lobb (C) (Northland)
Macy Adams (Bay of Plenty)
Hannah Bree (Hamilton)
Brooke Golightly (Northland)
Courtney Hayes (Poverty Bay)
Tayla Hollis (Poverty Bay)
Lucy McHugh (Poverty Bay)
Emma Parker (Waikato Valley)
Nensi Patel (Bay of Plenty)
Brianna Perry (Bay of Plenty)
Tia Saunders (Northland)
Phoebe Taylor (Poverty Bay)
Taneika Uerata (Bay of Plenty)

Northern Districts Under 17 Boys’ Team Named for National Under 17 Tournament

Northern Districts Cricket Association have named their travelling 13 to play in the National Under 17 Boys' Tournament at Lincoln, January 13-21. 


Cullen Aisabie (Waikato Valley)

Ben Morris-Brown (Hamilton)

Liam Calnon (Hamilton)

Matthew Fisher (Waikato Valley)

Brayden Gaylor (Hamilton)

Bede Higgens (Waikato Valley)

Blair McKenzie (Bay of Plenty)

Jamie Moore (Hamilton)

Thorn Parkes (Poverty Bay)

Caleb Boswell-Smith (Northland)

Robbie Tallott (Poverty Bay)

Reo Sakurano-Thomas (Waikato Valley)

Oliver White (Northland)

The non-travelling reserves are Dion Joll, Counties Manukau and Nick Farrell, Hamilton.

TAURANGA  INTERMEDIATE TO PLAY AT NEW ZEALAND POST SHIELD  FINALS AT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY

TAURANGA INTERMEDIATE TO PLAY AT NEW ZEALAND POST SHIELD FINALS AT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY Western Bay of Plenty, has double representation at the New Zealand Post Cup and Shield National Finals being played at Lincoln University this week, with Tauranga Intermediate taking part in the Shield playoffs that kick off on Thursday (26 November 2015). Tauranga Intermediate girl's team, join the Otumoetai Intermediate boy's side in qualifying against stiff competition, to represent Northern Districts at the annual New Zealand Primary School Cricket Championships. 

Northern Spirit Team Named for First Round of Women’s Domestic Competition

Northern Spirit Team Named for First Round of Women's Domestic Cricket Competition

The Northern Spirit selectors have named their squad for their opening round of Women's Competition matches to be played against the Wellington Blaze at Karori Park, Wellington on 27, 28 and 29 November 2015.

The three contests will be former White Fern Emily Drumm's first competition matches since taking over the role of head coach this year.  The Spirit side will be captained by 21 year old Brooke Halliday, and will also include international experience in the form of current Australian representative Holly Ferling.  The 19 year old right arm fast-medium bowler from Queensland made her debut for the Australian Southern Stars as a 17 year old in 2013, and Drumm is expecting Ferling to add some real impact to the bowling performance of the team. 

Says Drumm "Holly brings such an excitement to our side. We are rebuilding the team and to have someone of her calibre is very special.  I am looking forward to having her in the side as her experience, even with her young age will be so valuable.  We are looking forward to welcoming Holly to the Spirit." 

Northern Spirit to play Wellington Blaze:

Brooke Halliday (C), Counties Manukau

Mel Knight (VC), Poverty Bay

Kate Anderson, Bay of Plenty

Sarah Carnachan, Hamilton

Natalie Dodd, Hamilton

Natalie Edwards, Hamilton

Holly Ferling, International

Katie Gurrey, Counties Manukau

Felicity Leydon Davis, Hamilton

Emma Parker, Waikato Valley

Alisha Rout, Waikato Valley

Kerry Tomlinson, Poverty Bay

The Northern Spirit will play the Wellington Blaze at Karori Park in Wellington over 3 days. 

T20, Friday 27 November, 4.00pm

One-day match, Saturday 28 November, 10.30am

One-day match, Sunday 29 November, 10.00am


The McCaw Lewis Northern Maori Women's tour to Rarotonga

The McCaw Lewis Northern Maori Women's tour to Rarotonga proved a great success. The team won all 4 games, some younger players showed real potential, and the team were outstanding ambassadors for both Northern Districts and Cook Islands Cricket.

After a competitive game against the Cook Islands Under19 team, the Maori team lifted their performance to account for the Cook Islands women's team in two fixtures. The final fixture against Avana-Turangi club provided batting and bowling opportunities for those who had not featured in those roles in the earlier games.

Experienced players Kerry Tomlinson and Ariana Te Wake played vital roles when most needed. The other 'senior " player,  Katie Johnson,  gave the team a strong start in most innings.

The  youngest team members, Quinn Robinson [Otorohanga College], Taneika Uerata [Papamoa College], and Tayla Hollis [Gisborne GHS] were stand out performers. Jayda Tainui {Epsom GHS] was the most consistent bowler with her left arm medium pace. Shardey Te Kanawa [Tokoroa HS] bowled at a lively pace and showed real progress over the 4 games. Her Tokoroa teammate, Shaylyn Whetu was sharp in the field and showed her ability as a ball striker when she carried the team to the win in a tight situation in the second game. Lucy McHugh [Woodford House] showed all round ability and picked up wickets in every game.

Unfortunately the other selected player, Trena Hunapo-Moetu [Tokoroa HS], broke her leg playing rugby just prior to the tour. She still toured, stayed positive, learned a lot, and played a full part in team activities and promotions. Special mention should be made of Chrissy Hollis, Tayla's mother, who stepped in as a last minute replacement for Trena. She fielded in all 4 games. After a brief coaching session, she bowled for the first time in the final match - impressing everyone, especially her family members, with her ability to bowl a consistent line and length!

Just as important as on field success were off field impressions. A tight knit and happy team were welcome visitors on Rarotonga. Visits to local sponsors, with speeches and songs, were well received and Cook Islands Cricket will benefit from these exchanges. Trips from the accommodation at Edgewater Resort to the games at Turangi on the other side of the island featured a cavalcade of motor cycles flanked by two team vehicles. In full McCaw Lewis sponsored playing uniforms, the team provided a colourful reminder that women play cricket and that cricket has a presence in the Cook Islands. A full two page pictorial spread in the local newspaper reflected the team's impact in its week long visit.

Special thanks from Northern Districts Cricket go to Craig Hollis, who filled a number of team management roles, to the parents on the trip, to coach Kerry Tomlinson, and to Mark Crawford ,who transformed the team into a well drilled fielding unit.

Results

Game 1:
Cook Islands U19 Girls 131/8 [P.Maruariki 58no, T.Hollis 3/14]

Northern Maori 132/4 [K.Tomlinson 58no, T.Hollis 21no, Q.Robinson 17]

Northern Maori won by 6 wickets in the 18th over

Game 2:
Cook Islands Women 100 [B.Matapo 19, I.Willy 30, T.Hollis 3/13, S.Te Kanawa 3/27]

Northern Maori 103/2 [K.Johnson 23, A.Te Wake 46no, S.Whetu 10no]                          

Northern Maori won by 8 wickets in the 19th over

Game 3:
Cook Islands Women 101/7 [P.Kaveao 17, D.Kataina 19no, A.Te Wake 3/17]

Northern Maori 104/1 [K.Johnson 24, Q.Robinson 37no, K.Tomlinson 21no]

Northern Maori won by 9 wickets in the 12th over

Game 4:
Avana-Turangi Women 96 [E.Tangimatua 36no, L.McHugh 2/6, 3 run outs]

Northern Maori 98/2 [T.Uerata 50, J.Tainui 30no]

Northern Maori won by 8 wickets in the 17th over


$100,000 SUPER CATCH PROMOTION

IT PAYS TO BE AT THE GAME!

Get your chance to get your hands on $100,000 by heading to the Georgie Pie Super Smash series at Seddon Park.  Stand on a 2m x 2m platform and take a clean catch of a "six" and you will win $100,000! To get your chance to win either listen to The Rock Waikato radio station and text "CRICKET" to 3520 or enter at the game to have a go during the second innings.  While you are in the Catching Zone you and up to 9 friends can enjoy a prime view and the hospitality of Good George. 

Promotion Overview

The NORTHERN KNIGHTS $100,000 SUPER CATCH promotion gives participants the chance to win NZD$100,000 cash.  One person is chosen by The Rock Waikato radio station to stand on a 2m x 2m platform (the Catching Platform") for the first innings of the Northern Knights matches at the Seddon Park Georgie Pie Super Smash Games.  If the Match ball is hit over the boundary ("a Six") and is caught on the Catching Platform by the Participant and is deemed a Winning Catch by the Promoters then the Participant will win the Prize.  If the Participant is not successful at catching a Six, then at change of innings another Participant is drawn to stand on the platform for the second innings of the Match. There is only one chance to win the Prize each Match, if a Participant makes a Winning Catch they will withdraw from the Catching Platform and no further Participants will be drawn for the remainder of the Match. Qualifying games are at Seddon Park on 6, 12, 20, 26 November and 5 December. Click here for ticketing and game details. 


Click here for full terms and conditions. 


Buy Your Super Smash Tickets and Win a Ford Fiesta!

Who's up for a free brand new car? Buy your Georgie Pie Super Smash Northern Knights tickets online now and you'll be in the draw to win a Ford Fiesta Trend Manual!

The Northern Knights season of Georgie Pie Super Smash starts on 6th November at Seddon Park, each game includes a three-hour entertainment package that will strike a big chord with kids and families.

We've got heaps of free, fun activities to entertain the kids on the sidelines, so a family day out with a Family Pass ($30 for two adults and three kids) is real value for money. Single adult ticket prices are attractively priced, too, just $15 to see some of the country's most exciting Twenty20 stars in action.

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And that's what Georgie Pie Super Smash is all about - fun! So book your tickets now to come along and support your Knights playing in Georgie Pie Super Smash 2015. 

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BONUS PRIZE - WIN A BBQ WITH THE KNIGHTS!

Buy a ticket for any Northern Knights home game online for the Georgie Pie Super Smash and go in the draw to win a BBQ at your place with the players and 10 of your friends!

See terms and conditions for details. 

Northern Maori Women's team head to Rarotonga

The Northern Maori Women's team have arrived in Rarotonga for their first international tour. They follow in the footsteps of the successful Northern Maori Men's team visit there two years ago. The Maori side has three players with first class experience - Kerry Tomlinson (Player/Coach), Ariana Te Wake, and Katie Johnson. The rest of the team is made up of talented youngsters, most of whom have represented Northern Districts at Under 21, Under 18, or Under 15 level.

Northern Districts Cricket CEO Peter Roach is pleased to see this tour get underway, after the successful men's tour previously. "The focus on Maori cricket is a high priority for Northern Districts Cricket going forward, and that has been supported extremely well over the past few seasons by Trust Waikato and McCaw Lewis Lawyers, who sponsor our Maori cricket programs. Our growing investment in Maori cricket is part of our desire for cricket to become the sport of choice for males and females of all backgrounds."

The Northern Maori team will play four games against the Cook Islands Under 19 Girls, the Cook Islands Women (two games), and against a club selection side. There are eight women's club teams playing in the Rarotongan competition as well as competitions on some of the outer islands. 

Northern Districts Cricket's Director of Cricket, Pat Malcon, has accompanied the team and will also conduct coaching courses for Cook Island coaches while there. This is an annual visit for him, as Northern Districts Cricket have assisted Cook Islands Cricket for the past decade as an International Cricket Council partnership. Under this programme Major Associations from NZ and Australia assist developing cricket nations in the East Asia Pacific region.

The Northern Maori women's team:

Kerry Tomlinson [Poverty Bay] Ngati Porou/Te Whanau Apanui

Ariana Te Wake [Waikato Valley] Te Rawara/Te Atihaunui a Paparangi

Katie Johnson [Poverty Bay] Ngati Awa/Te Arawa

Jayda Tainui [Counties Manukau] Tainui

Tayla Hollis [Poverty Bay] Ngati Porou/Ngati Kahungungu

Taneika Uerata [Bay of Plenty] Ngati Mutunga/Ngati Mahuta

Quinn Robinson [Waikato Valley] Ngati Raukawa/Te Aupouri

Lucy McHugh [Poverty Bay] Ngai Tahu

Shaylyn Whetu [Waikato Valley] Ngati Tuwharetoa/Ngati Raukawa/Tainui

Trena Hunapo-Moetu [Waikato Valley] Ngati Raukawa/Ngati Koroki

Shardey Te Kanawa [Waikato Valley] Ngati Maniapoto/Tuhoe

Player/Coach: Kerry Tomlinson

Fielding Coach: Mark Crawford

Graeme Aldridge Appointed BOP Mens Cricket Coach

Celebrated northern districts and bay of plenty player graeme aldridge has been appointed the bay of plenty senior men's coach for the 2015/16 season.

Known to most, simply as g, the recently retired professional player compiled a record in nd cricket that is unlikely to be beaten. Longevity was a feature of the nd all rounder's career, that started back in the 1998/99 season and finished when graeme announced his retirement from playing duties, at the bay oval in mount maunganui in early april 2015.

Aldridge ended his long career as the most prolific wicket-taker in northern knights history with 364 wickets. The right-armer has also taken the most wickets in the nz cricket domestic one-day game, with 185 bowling scalps to his name.

Over 3000 runs in nz cricket first class, one-day and t20 encounters, tells the tale of a genuine all rounder who could win matches with both bat and ball. Graeme also wore the black cap uniform of new zealand when he was selected for the tour of zimbabwe in 2011, playing two odi's and one t20 match for his country.

Graeme aldridge said ""it is a privilege to be appointed bay of plenty men's coach. I look forward to working hard with the team to get the results we deserve".

Bay of plenty cricket ceo paul read says he was delighted with the appointment. "graeme will bring a huge amount of experience and player management skills to the role. His professional success and personal rapport with senior players will be a huge asset for the team this season"

Graeme has also secured a number of coaching roles with nd cricket that will compliment his work with the senior men's team. He will be responsible for nd bowling roles at the development and knights level, as well as some specific high performance coaching work in the bay of plenty region. Nd ceo peter roach said "we see the roles complimenting each other really well, especially in the bay of plenty. Whilst they were all advertised separately, having someone of graeme's quality giving consistent messages and advice to a large group of male and female players, across all ages, in the region is clearly a positive."

In addition to his nd playing duties, graeme was vital component of bay of plenty representative's teams over a long period. Graeme made his bay debut in a bay of plenty game that will be long remembered, with the home side posting 553/9 against central otago, in a hawke cup defence at blake park in mount maunganui. The debutant made an immediate impression, blasting 52 runs batting at number nine.

In 45 matches in the bay of plenty blue and gold uniform, graeme took 123 wickets with best bowling figures of 8/29 and smashed 975 run with top score of 137no.


Domestic Schedule Announced

Three of the top venues in the country have today been announced as match day hosts in this season's domestic schedule.

Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui will host one of each domestic format, which complements the two international matches against Sri Lanka in the first week of January. This is a great coup for the region, and shows that New Zealand Cricket has given the venue their seal of approval after two very successful international matches there last season.

Seddon Park will again host five night time Georgie Pie Super Smash matches in November, to make the most of the venue's light facilities. It also hosts three Plunket Shield games and one Ford Trophy match.

Cobham Oval in Whangarei boasts another big win for the ND region, with two Ford Trophy matches during January, a Plunket Shield match to finish the season and it's first ever domestic T20 match in mid-November.

Northern Districts Cricket CEO Peter Roach said "it's great to see cricket being spread around our region, and especially focussing on our two hot holiday spots in Mount Maunganui and Whangarei. We are thrilled for the people of the Bay of Plenty to see a T20 and an ODI against Sri Lanka, and we are equally thrilled for Northland Cricket to be rewarded for their hard work with their first ever Super Smash match."

Bay Oval Trust General Manager Kevin Jones was delighted with the awarding of two international matches to the picturesque ground. "We are really pleased to be hosting two matches after the positive international debut at the ground last season. It is fantastic for the people of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui, and all of the visitors in the area in early January, to have the chance to attend an ODI and T20 match at the height of summer. They add to a great collection of domestic matches we are scheduled to have also." 


Former Blackcap Matt Horne Joins Knights

Northern Districts Cricket is pleased to announce the appointment of former BLACKCAP Matt Horne as Assistant Coach to the SKYCITY Northern Knights coaching team.

Having played 35 Test Matches and 50 ODI's for New Zealand, Horne brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of top level cricket. His most recent coaching role was as Head Coach for the Auckland Aces, but chose not to extend that contract this year, preferring to join the Knights coaching group instead.

He said "I'm thrilled to be joining the SKYCITY Northern Knights Management Team. Being involved as a member of this team is a challenge which I am very much looking forward too. The current balance of the playing squad is an extremely exciting proposition with a blend of quality, experience and potential."

SKYCITY Northern Knights head coach James Pamment is very pleased with the appointment, saying "Matt and I go back a number of years, where we both played first class cricket for Auckland. We also coached the New Zealand Under 19 World Cup team together in 2012, so we know each other well and I am sure we will be able to complement each other's coaching skill-sets."

Horne begins his new role on 1 September.              


Devcich Dodd Named Cricketers of the Year

Anton Devcich and Natalie Dodd were named Cricketers of the Year at Northern Districts' 27th Annual Awards Dinner this evening, held at SKYCITY Hamilton. Dodd was easily the top run scorer for the Spirit in one-day games, scoring 407 runs at an average of 45.22. Included in this were two outstanding centuries - 118 off 99 balls v Otago Sparks, and 113 off 120 balls v Canterbury Magicians. Devcich has always been an outstanding fielder, a useful bowler and an explosive limite...

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