Papatoetoe Cricket Club

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Level 3 from GM's desk, Meet Nigel Hurst, End-of-Season summary reports due plus Volunteers still wanted!
30 Apr 2020

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30 April 2020

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Level 3 from the General Manager's Desk

All, I trust you have all slipped seamlessly into level three. The strong reminder from the Government and medical advisors is still to stick to the rules, do not risk the sacrifices we have all made to make this downgrade possible. 


So now, here we are in day 3 of the Country’s return to Covid-19 Alert Level 3. While there has been some information released on what this, and lower alert levels, might mean, there is even more speculation about this out there. Uncertainty makes it difficult for Clubs to plan for the future, but it’s important that we make preparations for whatever the future holds. Cabinet are meeting on May 11th  to consider the next move. We need to be ready for that decision, whatever it may be. 

At level two, it seems that both the nets and Indoor Cricket Centre will be available for use. 

If everyone observes the self-hygiene practices that we have been performing for the last 6 weeks then, hopefully, the occurrence of any new virus cases will be minimal.

As a summary, here is what I think you can expect in the next few weeks.

  1. Level three will see very few changes. The focus is getting businesses up and going, so Sport will still have to wait until level 2. This includes the reopening of facilities, both inside and outside

  2. At level two, it appears cricket activity can begin. I will outline options and booking requirements next week after I have consulted with Kolmar staff.

  3. I am keen to get coaching going for those that want it. It is likely it will be one on one 1 or small groups at that stage. If you want to start the ball rolling with those options let me know ASAP.

  4. There will be news of a Cricket Academy next week with 4 tiers. This will be explained in next week’s newsletter. Expressions of interest will be called for shortly. It will be for all ages although some sections will not start until the season.

  5. For senior cricketers, I will be meeting with Bhupinder Singh to discuss how the off and pre-season will work. Dates for that will follow in a week or two.

In the meantime, stay safe, be kind, and enjoy what we do have here in New Zealand.

Here is a reminder of the rules around sport and recreation over the next wee while:

  • Organised sports or physical activity is not allowed outside your bubble. 
  • You can travel within your region and across a regional boundary if it is in your local area.
  • Maintain physical distancing (2 metres) with people outside your bubble. 
  • Activities must remain within your current abilities and don’t pick up new activities.
  • Group activities with anyone outside your bubble are not allowed. 
  • Lower-risk activities only: care must be taken not to be injured and require medical care. 
  • Contact activity or sharing equipment/balls with people outside your bubble is prohibited.
  • Public facilities will be closed. Private facilities (e.g. clubhouses, toilets, showers) cannot open except for use by workers (with appropriate public health measures in place).
  • A COVID-19 safety plan must be in place, including risk controls for any staff that may be on site (e.g. grounds person).
  • Contact tracing measures must be in place.
  • Common touch points must be minimised. It is the responsibility of the facility owner to sanitise all surfaces (e.g. gates, flags, holes, nets etc.) after each use. Users should sanitise their hands after touching them. 
  • Don’t share food or drink, and water fountains should not be used. 
  • Don’t share equipment (e.g. clubs, balls, towels, water bottles etc.). 
  • You can only play with those in your bubble. Do not arrange to meet anyone else to play. 
  • You must keep physical distancing of two metres from anyone

Level two

  • Physical distancing of one metre outside home (including on public transport).
  • Gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors allowed while maintaining physical distancing and contact tracing requirements. 
  • Sport and recreation activities are allowed if conditions on gatherings are met, physical distancing is followed and travel is local.
  • Public venues can open but must comply with conditions on gatherings, and undertake public health measures.
  • Health services operate as normally as possible.
Meet some of our Most Influential Club People: Nigel Hurst

Photo: Nigel Hurst and Bhupinder Singh at last season's Senior Prizegiving

I first joined the Papatoetoe Cricket club in 1980/81. I was new to Papatoetoe as my family had moved into Windoma Circle. I had played cricket since primary school and ended up as Captain of my College’s 1st XI.

My first day at the club was very interesting as I was placed in the number one net to have a bat so that the selectors could have a look at me. The first ball I faced was delivered by a tall, handsome left-arm fast bowler. To be honest I did not see the ball and only knew where it was after I heard it thump into the back of the net. I later found out the bowler was a certain Gary Troup, who was in his prime at the time. The second delivery was an off-spinner which bounced, turned, and hit me in the unmentionables. The bowler was then-current Auckland player, Lindsay Rewcastle. The selectors decided I would be safer in net four! 

I played in the 5A team and captained the 5B team and then made it through to the giddy heights of the 3rd Grade under the watchful eye of Vic Peach, father of Gary Peach. In this team, I met Gerry Green for the first time. A year later I was made captain of the 3rd grade and with a very young group of talented players, along with Gerry, we won the grade in 1985/86. The average age of the team would have been about 22 and with Gerry that went up to 35. We won three championships in 5 years. 

I was elected Club Captain in 1986, a post I held for 6 seasons. These were great days. The clubhouse was full every Saturday night and the men and women of the club were excellent role models for us younger players.  

I had a break from cricket and returned again in 1996. For a year I was Club Captain and played in the C3 team. Later on, Allan Rewcastle formed a President's team. I joined this team and what a great group of men they were.  

Family has always been the heart of our club. The Swaffields, the Burnsides, the Prices, and the Plummers all hold very special places in our Club’s history. Current premier player, Josh is the third generation of his family to represent the club following his Dad, Mark, and Grandad, the late Herbie. The Ronaldson family’s contribution is also up there with Guy who is still our Patron and his son Neil on the Committee. If I remember rightly, Neil’s sister played and Neil’s son, Jamie is a chip off the old block. 

Highlights of my time at the club are more to do with the people I have met and now call friends. This to me is more important than any championship win or title I have been bestowed. I will be back on the boundary next season and hope to get to watch more Papatoetoe teams playing and sharing a liquid refreshment afterward. Stay safe see you all soon. 

Nigel Hurst 

End of season reports for the Annual Booklet are now due......!
Can all of the following reports be sent to as soon as possible.
  • President's report
  • Chairman's report
  • Club Manager's report
  • Premier Men's report
  • Premier Women's report
  • Reserve Men's report
  • Reserve Women's report
  • Plus any other teams that would like to have their end of season report in the annual booklet
Help US Help YOU: Volunteers for Our Sub-Committees Wanted

The Club would like to make drastic improvements across all of the following areas:

  • Governance
  • Finance
  • Funding
  • Junior Club
  • Senior Club
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Admin
So, to ALL past, current and future members if you would like to contribute your skills, passion, ideas in any of the above areas so that we can work towards a much better Club for Season 2020/21 and beyond, then please contact us asap. All help, advice, feedback, or contribution of any sort would be greatly appreciated!
Please donate to your local Cricket Club and receive a tax rebate
Did you know that Papatoetoe District Cricket Club Inc is a registered charity at both the Charities Commission and the IRD.  This means that for any donation made to the Club of $5 or more, an individual can claim a tax rebate at the end of the financial year. 

The IRD pays out 33.33 cents for every dollar you donate to charities or similar organisations. The total you can claim in one tax year is the lesser of 33.33% of your total donations or 33.33% of your taxable income.

So, if you would like to support your local Club and are keen to get a tax rebate, donations can be made to account number 12-3044-0287262-52.  Once you make a donation please email and we will arrange to send you out a tax receipt.  Thank you for your support.
Coaches/Umpires/Scorers Corner - Qualifications
Foundation Course (an email address is required for initial registration) - this course is a requirement to coach all soft ball and tennis ball grades and can be completed all online.

Advanced Foundation Course - the Foundation Course is a pre-requisite for this and involves theory as well as practical components. This is a requirement to coach all junior boys (U19 and below) and girls (U16 and below) grades.

Umpiring and Scoring modules 
Any questions, feedback or suggestions?
All questions, feedback or suggestions welcome to help improve your on and off-field experiences as a club member (e.g. ideas for club events etc.), please email club admin
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