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Welcome to the 2016-17 season from the BCCC board

Welcome to the 2016-17 season at Birkenhead City Cricket Club. We’re glad you’ve chosen BCCC as the place to enjoy the game we all love. We’re a small club but we believe a special one, focusing on the community aspect of cricket, using the game as a means to come together with a bunch of friends, old and new, to enjoy the simple pleasure of participating.

At the same time, we have a clear pathway available for cricketers who want to play at the highest level, through our premier sides.

We have some new friends supporting us

We’re very pleased to have a couple of new sponsors this year who’ll help us bring the game to you. Welcome to our primary sponsor New World Birkenhead, as well as Cricket Express, who we look forward to partnering with over the next two years, and, hopefully, many more to come.

Please return the favour by providing them with as much support as you can when choosing where to shop. As an added bonus, Cricket Express offers all BCCC members a 10% discount at either their Albany or Mt Eden store. Cricket Express is also selling all our shirts, caps and supporters’ gear in-store, so pop along for that replacement cap that always, just somehow, gets lost.

A special thank-you also goes to the Birkenhead Licensing Trust, which runs the Good Home in Highbury and the InnField in Glenfield. They have provided a huge degree of support to BCCC over the past five years, without which we simply wouldn’t be able to operate.

If anyone in the community has any other good contacts who may be able to sponsor a sector of the club, or the girls’ cricket team for example, we’d love to hear from you. Email office@birkenheadcricket.co.nz

It’s nice to meet you

This year you’ll notice a new face in the club, Akash Christian, who is our new Club Manager. Akash has been playing in the club’s Premier side for the past three seasons and brings a huge passion for the game to the role. However, we haven’t lost the charms of Sabina Croll, who is the permanent face of the club to the community in a newly created role, Community Liaison Officer.

Let’s get on with it!

The reason we’re all here is almost upon us. All Junior Cricket is scheduled to start on Saturday the 29th of October.  Stacey Nicholas is your go-to woman for the juniors.

The newly rebranded Superstar Cricket (the old Midget cricket name has been replaced by a more worthy name for our youngest players) will have a meet and greet night on Friday the 28th of October, with the first games starting on Friday the 4th of November. Elliott Molesworth and Sabina Croll are co-ordinating this grade.

All Senior Grade and One Day cricket starts on the 22nd of October, with the Premiers and Premier Reserves having already started.  Damian Hagoort manages the seniors.

We have maintained our growth in player numbers from last season, but, as always, we’re on the lookout for new players at all levels, so if you know someone, bring them along and get them to sign up once you show them how much fun they’re missing out on.

Keep an eye out for all the club’s happenings on our website, Facebook page and Twitter. While Denise Montgomery does a fantastic job with these, the sites are only as good as we make them as a club, so get active, get posting, get tagging and if you have any stories or photos you want shared, pass them on to denisemontgomery.cricket@gmail.com or office@birkenheadcricket.co.nz  Or you can post them directly to our Facebook page.

Before we go

Last year we were lucky enough to receive a grant from ANZ that allowed us to spruce up the club and celebrate the fact that we’ve been providing cricket to the Birkenhead area since 1898. We’re proud of this history and we feel this is something we should continue to celebrate, so when you get a chance, pop your head in to the clubrooms and have another read of the club’s history. In addition, look out for a little story about the makeover in the ANZ magazine, ABC, that’ll be available in all Sunday papers on the 30th of October.

Thank you

The board of Birkenhead City Cricket Club
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