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  • Writer's pictureSheree Hoddinett

Putting The Pitch To The Test

Big things are happening at the Caboolture Sports Cricket Club ahead of celebrating their 100th birthday.


The club grounds are in popular demand, playing host to championship matches and Veteran events as well as usual season fixtures, showcasing the hard work and effort put in by the club and its committee.


It’s already proven to be a cracker of a season for the Caboolture Sports Cricket Club and the hits keep on coming. From the rising talent of their own club players to hosting championship events and Veterans matches and even a big milestone birthday (100!) fast approaching, it’s certainly all happening at the club. With the 2022/23 season soon coming to a close and finals fever kicking in, the countdown will certainly be on for next season to start.


“We are very excited about taking a trip down memory lane which will be led by renowned sporting journalist Robert 'Crash' Craddock who will be guest MC for the event.

Showing that cricket isn’t just a sport for the youngsters, those still feeling young at heart hit the Caboolture pitch for the O70’s Veterans England Vs Queensland match on 31 January . Held by O70’s Veterans Cricket Australia, it was the second match of the England Cricket Senior 70+ Ashes Tour of Australia.


Caboolture Sports Cricket Club administration officer Julianne Quirk highlighted the match as an amazing experience for their club, both on and off the field.


“This was an honour for our club to be selected as other highly regarded grounds selected during the Australian tour were Coogee Oval, Sydney and Redland Cricket Club, Birkdale,” Julianne says. “Not only were they enjoying cricket competing to retain the Ashes and friendships, they also spent some time outside the cricket ground touring all the charm and character of the local area including the Caboolture Historical Village and the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology.

“They were delighted with the stunning mountain scenery as they approached Caboolture via the gateway to the Sunshine Coast. The club is looking forward to being involved in hosting future events for the Veterans Cricket as it also helps bring tourism into our community.”


Following on from the success of the Veterans match, the grounds will also come alive with action when the U16 State Championship comes to town from 3-5 April. Queensland Cricket approached the club and pathways operations manager said “this is a crucial element of our pathway programs in Queensland and I'm excited to bring these championships to your top-class facility. This competition recognises the top 48 players in the state in the age-group and is a crucial talent identification competition for selecting the Queensland U17 side".


“This means a lot to our club as our committee endorses the same junior pathway programs,” Julianne says. “Carter Simpson played in this competition last year and off the back of his performances was then selected to represent the under 17 national championship winning side.”


So what is it about the Caboolture club’s grounds, located in Grant Road Morayfield, that are making them highly sought after across the board?


“We have two turf wickets, outdoor warm-up and practice nets, an indoor training facility with dressing rooms, air conditioning and bowling machines,” Julianne says. “There is also a sports hall with further dressing rooms and an equipped canteen plus we have two junior fields with artificial wickets.

“On top of that, the committee are working hard to further improve the facilities and infrastructure by actively applying for grant opportunities.”


They currently have 252 registered players including senior men’s and women’s teams, nine junior teams including one exclusive girls team playing in the mixed competition and a successful Woolworths Blaster and Master Blaster Program for five to nine-year-old’s - a program specially designed for kids to get active and have fun learning cricket.


Excitement is already building ahead of the club’s 100th birthday coming up towards the middle of this year. Details for past and present players and members and those involved in the history of the club will be released soon.


“We are very excited about taking a trip down memory lane which will be led by renowned sporting journalist Robert 'Crash' Craddock who will be guest MC for the event,” Julianne says. “It is going to be a wonderful celebration of the past and the bright future and visions ahead!”


Anyone interested in attending this event or who may have memorabilia relating to the history of the club that may have lost contact are invited to make contact via email

info@caboolturesportscricket.com.au.


With the 2022/23 wrapping up and finals kicking in, the next sign on campaign will start again in August for the new 2023/24 season. You can register your expression of interest via email (see address above) or visit www.caboolturesportscricket.com.au for further information.


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