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