Horowhenua Kapiti Girls Cricket

  1. About Girls Cricket in Horowhenua Kapiti
  2. Girls Only Cricket 2018/19
  3. Girls Cricket Sponsorship Opportunity
  4. 2016/17, 2017/18 Girls Highlights

1. Girls Cricket in Horowhenua Kapiti

Our 2018/19 season will be HKCA's most productive when it comes to our Girls Only Cricket. At present we have a Female Only Indoor Cricket team consisting of former players and new to the game women. We have two Girls Only teams participating in our local Cubs cricket competition and we are looking to expand this area over the next few years. We also have at present two female representative sides (Under 13's and Under 15's) with the option of introducing an Under 18's side for the 2018/19 season. Our school competition where 22 schools are participating requires a minimum of 40% of its players to be female. We believe this will help grow the game and push girls to join/set up girls only teams outside of school. 

We are also extremely lucky to have Female Development Officer Mikaela Grieg back working in developing our girls space. Mikaela plays for the CD Hinds and has aspirations of one day representing her country. Mikaela will be running some evening sessions for girls of all ages and abilities during the season. These sessions are designed to be fun, friendly and inclusive where anyone can participate. 

If you have questions regarding girls cricket, please contact Mikaela on 027 2971752.

 

2. Horowhenua Kapiti 2017/18

Girls Club Cricket

This season saw two Girls Only teams playing in our local Cubs Junior Competition. Levin Old Boys/Girls and Weraroa provided girls with the option to play in female only teams for the first time. These girls did fantastically well and won many games throghout the season and shared a real bond with each other. These girls will continue to develop and with a clear pathway leading to representative cricket, we are hopeful we will see a NZ White Fern coming out of Horowhenua Kapiti in the coming years. 

Intermediate Cricket

With our school programme producing Cubs Girls Only Teams, part of our cricketing pathway in H-K is to ensure that cricket can be played in primary’s, intermediate’s and college’s to ensure there is minimal drop off’s. Our intermediate programme for girls see's local intermediates take part in weekly training sessions lead by Matt Good and Mikaela Greig. Fairfield, Koputaroa, Taitoko and Levin Intermediate all entered a Girls Only side into the programme which saw all participants receive four cricket specific lessons as well as a Festival Tournament in Term 1 2018. Our girls played a modified version of cricket and for the first time ever, we introduced hard ball games with full protective equipment.

To ensure consistency throughout of development area, these modified games were aligned with our Girls Only College which would allow those moving to college, to transition into hardball cricket comfortably. Smaller pitches, smaller boundaries and a modified hard ball gave these girls the perfect introductory experience into hard ball cricket. Fairfield were our eventual winners, beating Koputaroa in the final but it was more than who just won and lost, it was about participation and raising the profile of female cricket in this region.

To know more about intermediate cricket, please contact Development Manager - Matt Good, for more details. 

Hinds Day

What a day! Will go down as probably the girls highlight of the year from a development day point of view. On 24th November 2017, HKCA hosted Central District Hinds Vs Wellington Blaze in a three-day event held down at Donnelly Park. Through communication with Central Districts, we managed to have available the entire Hinds squad for two hours to go into some schools and run some lessons.

Koputaroa, Fairfield, Levin North and Taitoko were the lucky schools that took part in the day. Each school had two lessons with 20+ girls in each session taking part in the day. Each school had one member of our HK team ‘running’ the session with 3 Hinds women attending each school. The sessions went as well as we had hoped for and the Hinds were fantastic in the way they interacted with the teachers and schools. HKCA are extremely supportive of promoting the game of cricket through our local stars and the Hinds were magic all day.

Each school received a signed Hinds cricket bat and each session finished off with a question and answer discussion with the girls. Once the school visits were completed, the Hinds came down to warm up for their game. All our school girls attended the Friday night T20 which made for a great atmosphere down at Donnelly Park where we managed to get about 500 people watching. For me this was one of the best days we had last summer.

 

HKCA Girls Representative 

Last year we were excited to report the establishment of our two new girls representative cricket teams. This exciting development was higlighted in the media with a Horowhenua girl’s team player winning the ANZ Dream Big Competition. With the increased profile of womens cricket in the world, New Zealand and in our region we can only see our numbers continuing to grow.

HKCA now boast Female Under 13 and Under 15's Representative sides who competed in regualar fixtures throughout the 2017/18 season. Please go to our representative page for further details and results.

At HKCA's Annual Awards Evening, a season highlight was the success of our U15 girls rep team who won both “Team of the year,” at the HKCA Prizegiving and “Junior player of the year”, with CD U15 Captain Ayesha Carly Hendry picking up the trophy. It was very fitting that White Fern Hannah Rowe was on hand to present these awards as our special guest. Our female space is at a very exciting stage as we have a clear pathway that now exists for both New Zealand and Horowhenua Kapiti’s female cricketers.

 

3. Horowhenua Kapiti Girls Strategy 

 

New HKCA Representative Girls Teams - Sponsorship Opportunities.

This season HKCA is extremely proud to announce it will be having two age grade representative girls teams. A U13's and U15's side will be representing our district with pride against other Central District sides throughout the season. Both teams will also attend and compete in a girls only tournament in which they will enjoy the company and companionship of other female cricketers.

HKCA Female Development Officer and current CD Hinds player, Mikaela Greig is excited to see the growth in the female game locally and can't wait to continue to work with our talent again this coming season.

Although the teams will be representing our district a lot of focus is on individual and team development, having fun and enjoying each others company. If you want to know more about these opportunities then contact Mikaela at mikaelagre@waiopehu.ac.nz

If you are a business or an individual that would like some information about becoming a team sponsor for either of our new girls teams then please get in contact with David O'Brien at dobrien@hkca.co.nz

You will join other fantastic team squad sponsors like HMC, Placemakers, O'Malleys, Cricket Express, Harcourts, The Old Foundry and Speedy Signs.

This year HKCA have decided to run a T20 college tournament called College Super 8's. This modified version of T20 cricket will see shorter boundaries, shorter pitches and only 8 players per side. The tournament will run in term 4 this year with all games being played at the colleges. The colleges involved are; Waiopehu, Horowhenua, Kapiti and Paraparaumu. From this tournament, this is where we are hoping to select our Under 15's rep side. We are also delighted to be able to announce, we have been able to put two girls only teams into our new Cubs Cricket Structure. For the first time in Horowhenua Kapiti, we now have two girls only teams. From these teams this is where we will look to select our rep Under 13's side.

 

4. Girls Cricket 2016/17 Season Highlights

As the day is coming to an end, some female cricketers from Horowhenua had the experience of a lifetime earlier today.

Local cricketer, Erin Buckland 13, who plays for Levin Old Boys CC and trains with the Horowhenua Girls team, entered the ANZ Dream Big Competition earlier this year along with thousands of other hopefuls across New Zealand. To the surprise of Erin, she won the whole competition.

Her parents and cricket coaches had to keep this huge prize under wraps. Her parents and coaches, along with ANZ, planned a day that she would never forget. Erin and her female team mates had no idea of what today had in store or that she had even won the competition.

The day started with picking Erin's friends up from their schools (to their total shock) and getting them on the bus which would end up taking them to the Basin in Wellington where she would get to meet the Central Hinds and Blackcaps for a training session.

Erin was picked up last from her school, Horowhena College,and entered the bus with family, friends, coaches and team mates all on board.

The girls arrived in Wellington to be greeted by the Blackcaps. Erin did interviews, photos and then joined in the training session alongside her team mates and Blackcaps.

Erin received her very own Kookaburra kit, which included a bag, bats, pads, gloves, helmet and thigh guard. Every girl also received a brand new ANZ sponsored playing shirt. Erin also received another kit bag for her team mates to use as well as receiving two bowling machines in which she has donated one of them to her Levin Old Boys Junior team and the HK girls to use at practices. 3 crazy catches and finally a signed Blackcaps bat in a beautiful case. One of only 20.

Thank you so much to the Blackcaps, ANZ, HK coaches, parents, the girls themselves, Erin's parents Rob and Nicola and finally Erin. You are truly an amazing person who was kind enough to spend your special day with your friends and family.

WHAT A DAY!

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Horowhenua Kapiti has some exciting news regarding women's cricket! For the first time EVER, HK is looking at developing girls cricket with the hope of producing Horowhenua Kapiti's first ever girls only team. This comes off the back of the fantastic 'Superstar Cricket Academy' initiative in which over 100 children participated for their school and of those 100, 33% were female. The interest in women's cricket over the past few years has grown a tremendous amount and this region is no different. 

HKCA CEO, David O'Brien would like to let our cricketing community know that CD Hinds Player, Mikaela Greig has accepted a position as our Woman's Development Officer for the 2016/17 season. Mikaela has been part of the Central Districts Hinds for the last few season and has aspirations of representing her country. Mikaela will be working closely with Development Manager Matthew Good to identify areas where we feel we can make the most impact this summer. We are proud to be able to have someone of Mikaela's skill set join HKCA and help us improve this space.

Matt and Mikaela have been running some Girls Only taster sessions in Horowhena since November and have been blown away by the amount of girls attending the Friday evening classes. We have been lucky enough to also have 2 New Zealand White Ferns come down for a session and hand out some free kit and help take the trainings. 

The GIRLS ONLY sessions run every Friday down at Donnelly Park. 

Girls Only Soft Ball Training 4:30pm-5:30pm
Girls Only Hard Ball Training 5:30pm-6:30pm

Any girl can attend these sessions and there is no age restriction or playing ability criteria. 

For more details please contact Matthew Good 0211929293, mgood@hkca.co.nz. or Mikaela Greig 0272971752, mikaelagre@waiopehu.ac.nz.