Cricket Wellington is running primary school cricket tournaments throughout the region through term 1 of the school year. Schools enter teams of 8 to take on other schools within their zone in tournaments that run the whole day. These tournaments are a fantastic introduction to cricket for many kids who otherwise would not play the game.
With many schools entering multiple teams, tournaments can involve up to 35 teams in some zones. Tournaments have already been held in Upper Hutt, Eastern Suburbs, Wellington North, Wellington West and Wellington City. With more tournaments to come it is expected that over 2000 kids will partake in these tournaments in term 1.
Each zone has separate tournaments for Year 5&6 as well as Year 7&8. In some of the bigger zones, there is also the option of entering a competitive or non-competitive tournament. Encouragingly, two of the tournaments held so far have also included a separate girls competition.
Rhys Morgan has recently taken on the Junior Cricket Co-ordinator role at Cricket Wellington and has been impressed with the enthusiasm shown by schools for the game. “Schools have been fantastic at getting their entries in for these tournaments. The enthusiasm the kids show for the game at each of these tournaments is very heartening. Hopefully by providing an avenue for these kids to play, we will not only be able to grow the game by attracting new players, but will also be able to hold onto our existing players by providing them with more opportunities to play.”
This week, the Wellington West Zone tournament was held at Karori Park. 29 teams mainly from the Karori and Northland area each played 5 games in beautiful conditions at Karori Park.