I'm planning to be in each country for a year and will be bringing my bat with me
I'm planning to be in New Zealand and Australia for a year each on a working holiday visa starting from around October 2012.
As a big cricket fan I was thinking I might join an amateur side to play some friendly matches on weekends. I was wondering if anybody here could tell me of any teams that I might be able to contact or if there is an online database of teams somewhere that could help me find a team to play for.
Thanks in advance.
Being a bit of a cricket tragic myself, I hope that this information on the Australian side helps.
Head to Cricket Australia's page, Getting Involved
, as it is the best place to start.
From here there a plenty of opportunities. As an example, a work colleague of mine completed the umpires training and really enjoyed it. If you wish to find a specific club, at the bottom of that page are the emblems which link to the eight state and territory cricket associations. Each site has its own variation of "find a club", "get involved" or something similar which can locate a club in an area you will be staying in.
hiya, my hubby plays cricket and they always get some 'imports' over to play 1st and 2nd grade. We are in WA so we have the WACA grade which is the grade that goes up to state level, then there is Suburban Turf where 1st and 2nd grades play on turf and the rest play on astro turf. Then there are more suburban clubs that play each other. His team just introduced their 4 english players at training tonight but if in WA you would just go to the WACA or Suburban Turf website and there will be links to clubs. I believe people just email in and ask if there is room. If youre in a lower more social level i'm sure you all of this wouldnt eb a problem...as long as there arent some extra 'imports' also in that grade. His club has 11 teams in total including some 1 dayer teams for the 'older' guys or guys who cant commit to the 2 day game....they play 1 game over 2 saturdays with 80 overs a game....i think this is normal all over Australia. if you time your trip with cricket season and line up a club before you come they will even organise a house/room for you, car and job...at least my hubby's does anyway.
Its a great idea though especially to make friends and they all seem to be very social and have a great time. I'm sure once you get here you could easily show up to the local clubs training rooms and get a game though and most have advertising at their grounds asking for new players. Let me know if you need any other info and i'll ask him. Sorry if i got any of the terms wrong, i am a girl after all lol!
Here's a list of regional cricket contacts in NZ
- they'll definitely be able to give you more exact info for the area you'll be in. There'd be no problem with just showing up at a club practise/game as Tam suggested, and asking questions there.
I had a quick look on Google, and most local clubs seem to have their websites as <suburb>cricket.co.nz.
Good on you for getting involved, and I hope you have a lot of fun with the game here in NZ :-)