Great day of cricket

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By JEREMY SMITH

Mata­mata Col­lege was the run­ner- up in an in­au­gu­ral adap­tive cricket tour­na­ment, thought to be the first of its kind in the North­ern Dis­tricts and pos­si­bly New Zealand, at Cam­bridge High School last week.

The tour­na­ment, which has been in the plan­ning stages for 18 months, was held for chil­dren liv­ing with a range of dis­abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing Asperg­ers, Autism, ADHD, Down’s Syn­drome, cere­bral palsy and oth­ers.

It at­tracted about 50 stu­dents, who came from Mata­mata, as well as Cam­bridge High School and Hamil­ton North School.

Four teams rep­re­sented the schools, two from Hamil­ton North and one each from Cam­bridge and Mata­mata.

Af­ter a se­ries of 10 over games, Hamil­ton North 1 was the even­tual win­ner, Mata­mata Col­lege was the run­ner- up, Hamil­ton North 2 placed third and Cam­bridge High was fourth.

The tour­na­ment has been a pas­sion of or­gan­iser Tre­varr McCarthy, who said it was great to see so many kids en­joy­ing their cricket and so many peo­ple sup­port­ing them.

‘‘I was re­ally happy with how the day went.’’

Those sup­port­ers in­cluded staff, stu­dents, fam­ily and mem­bers of the pub­lic, as well as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Waikato Val­ley Cricket and Hamil­ton Cricket.

‘‘They had so much fun. It’s about the abil­ity, not the dis­abil­ity, and giv­ing the kids the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing they wouldn’t usu­ally get.

‘‘That is play­ing cricket and maybe re­al­is­ing that it’s an op­tion for them to play more reg­u­larly.’’

Tre­varr said some of the play­ers showed such a level of skill they could join a Satur­day cricket team.

The aim now is to hope­fully es­tab­lish the tour­na­ment as an an­nual event and Tre­varr said he will now work along­side a friend, Si­mon Hick­ton, from Hamil­ton to put to­gether a sim­i­lar event in Fe­bru­ary at Waikato Univer­sity.

Then, the Adap­tive Cricket Tour­na­ment will re­turn in term four next year and it is al­ready look­ing set to grow.

‘‘There have been ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from other schools who want to come so we could end up with about six teams com­pet­ing next time around,’’ Tre­varr said.

He thanked ev­ery­one who helped put the day to­gether, in­clud­ing staff from Cam­bridge High School, Mata­mata Col­lege and Hamil­ton North School. I would like to thank ev­ery­one I have met dur­ing my first month for mak­ing me feel so wel­come and be­ing will­ing to an­swer my many, many ques­tions.

Now that I have be­come more fa­mil­iar with the com­mu­nity I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to find­ing ways to im­prove sport and recre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties, and en­abling all sec­tors of the com­mu­nity to be ‘‘Out There and Ac­tive’’.

Please con­tact me on 027 226 5297 if you have an idea or ini­tia­tive you would like to dis­cuss with me.

It was fan­tas­tic to see the work of Project Energize proven to save tax­payer money and im­prove chil­dren’s lives.

This healthy eat­ing and ac­tiv­ity pro­gramme is run in our pri­mary schools by En­er­giz­ers – John, Claire and Kather­ine .

Metso Mata­mata Pi­ako Dis­trict Sports Awards – Novem­ber 13

The nom­i­na­tions are judg­ing com­pleted.

Buy your ticket to the Metso Mata­mata Pi­ako Dis­trict Sports Awards and sup­port and cel­e­brate our lo­cal sports stars and those who make sport hap­pen in our dis­trict.

Tick­ets are $22 and in­clude sup­per and guest speak­ers Sir Gor­don Ti­et­jens and Gareth Dun­can.

They are avail­able from Mata­mata- Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil of­fices in Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville or

in and the Te Aroha, or con­tact Lou on 027 226 5297, 07 880 9088 or loub @sport­waikato.org.nz.

Waikato Sec­ondary Sports Awards

Schools

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the 10 fi­nal­ists from the dis­trict at­tend­ing th­ese awards on Novem­ber 3.

Tick­ets are avail­able from schools sports co-or­di­na­tors Kim, Cindy or Greg.

Look­ing chal­lenge?

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Kaimai Cy­cles An­nual Te Aroha Bike Ride (70km/42km) – Sun­day Novem­ber 24 at www.sports­ground. co.nz/tearo­haath­let­ics or call Steve 07 884 9732.

All pro­ceeds to Chil­dren’s Ath­let­ics.

New Zealand Home Loans Round the Bridges – Sun­day, Novem­ber 17, 6km or 2km fun run or walk can be en­tered by in­di­vid­u­als, busi­ness teams or school teams.

More in­for­ma­tion and train­ing pro­grammes are avail­able at round the­bridges.co.nz

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Howzat? Mata­mata Col­lege To­tara Learn­ing Cen­tre stu­dent Jay­dian Timoko swings the bat. Mata­mata Pi­ako Dis­trict Sport Waikato co-or­di­na­tor

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