Kia ora koutou,
Welcome to cricket at Tauranga Boys’ College!
Tauranga Boys’ College Cricket aims to offer all students the opportunity to play cricket at a level that they will enjoy and/or that will challenge them. Tauranga Boys’ College has a history of excellent performance at 1st XI level. Our team placed 3rd in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Gillette Cup in 2017. We last won the Gillette Cup in 2005 (so we’re due for another title soon!) and have placed third on four occasions since then. We have also made the finals of the Super 8 Cricket tournament in four of the past six years. Our 1st XI did a great job in making the ND final yet again, late in January last year, only to lose to Hamilton Boys’ High (who we also lost to in the final of the ND Gillette Cup play-off game last December 2020 by the narrowest of margins!)
Our Junior 1st XI won the NZCT National Year 9/10 Tournament in Palmerston North in December to show that we have some fantastic depth across all age groups at school.
High performance aside, cricket is a great medium for our boys to be physically active, to develop their cricketing ability, to learn social skills from being a part of a team and to develop values such as integrity, commitment and perseverance. It is very important to us that we help to develop ‘good men’ as well as ‘good cricketers’.
The format of cricket for your son will depend on both his ability and/or his preference. So you are aware, there are three divisions of ‘College Grade’ cricket.
College Premier (40 overs, 12.30pm start)
(Year 9/10/11) Competitive grade/higher level of ability (suitable for players who have played Intermediate Prem Gold)
College Reserve (30 overs, 12.30pm start)
(Year 9/10/11) Moderate playing ability or ‘older’ ie Year 11 (suitable for players who have played Intermediate Prem Blue)
College Development (30 overs, 12.30pm start)
(Year 9/10) New to the game, moderate playing ability or ‘younger’ ie Year 9 (suitable for players who have played Intermediate Reserve)
We also have two ‘3rd XI’ sides of even ability who play in the WBOP Senior Men’s ‘B Grade’ competition. Our 2nd XI plays in the WBOP Senior Men’s Reserve Grade Competition and our 1st XI in the BOP Senior Men’s Grade.
Important information for Year 12 or 13 players who are not in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd XI: Depending on numbers, we will look to have two TBC teams of players together to play midweek ‘internal games’ against one another with the thought of occasionally playing other school teams midweek where possible. This will be the only form of cricket WBOP can offer you. Another option could be to join/create a Twilight Cricket team.
We will be holding a muster/training session for all Year 9 players (or new Year 10/11 players to the school) on Thursday February 4th.
Please wear your school PE uniform. The muster will include a net session and fielding drills. The session will begin after school (3.30pm) at the nets and will finish by 5pm. There will be a gear bag of equipment available to be used if your son does not have his own. On a Saturday, each team will have a full gear bag meaning that you do not need to have any ‘cricket specific’ equipment to be able to play cricket at TBC.
The purpose of the session is to allow us to make immediate contact with the boys to assist us in the organisation of teams. The teams we put together for each grade will be even ability with the primary focus of spreading ability/skill sets for maximum involvement and subsequent development. NB: In Term 1, all Year 9 players will play College Grade cricket because 3rd XI sides are already half way through their season.
Gear bags can be dropped off in the storage sheds below the staff room, near the school canteen between 8.35-8.40am so the boys don’t have to carry them around school. The shed will then be re-opened up for gear bag collection after school.
To register to play cricket at TBC please click on this link:
Fees for these grades are as follows and are for a full season (calendar year including both Term 1 and Term 4 2021). Once teams have been organised the fee will be added to your son’s ‘school fees’ for payment.
All College Grade cricket begins Saturday February 13. Teams will be announced ASAP and a training schedule constructed.
Please don’t hesitate to make contact if you have any queries at all.
Ngā mihi nui,
Master in Charge of Cricket