Go­ing into bat for Kiwi crick­eters

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Katikati cricket play­ers, fans, clubs and coaches are be­ing asked what they need to make this sea­son their team’s best yet.

The ANZ bank is sup­port­ing crick­eters from across the coun­try as they head into their 2018/2019 sea­son. ANZ’s On Your Team com­mu­nity cricket pro­gramme gives cricket play­ers, teams and schools the chance to ap­ply for spon­sor­ship to help them im­prove their game.

Whether crick­eters are striv­ing to be the best play­ers they can be, want­ing to help their club grow, or need some in­spi­ra­tion from Black Caps or White Ferns play­ers.

ANZ Head of Spon­sor­ship Sue Mc­Gre­gor said the bank has been sup­port­ing com­mu­nity cricket since 2009 and given more than $900,000 to help young cricket teams achieve their cricket goals.

“Most have ex­pe­ri­enced Satur­day morn­ing sport — we’ve ei­ther played it or we’ve sup­ported it,” Mc­Gre­gor said. “At ANZ, we know the value and the life les­sons team sport pro­vides, which is why, af­ter al­most 10 years, we con­tinue to sup­port grass­roots sport.”

“We know it costs time and money to play, to buy uni­forms and gear and to main­tain clu­b­rooms, and we want to help as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble en­joy it.”

The first re­cip­i­ent of ANZ’s On Your Team grant for 2018 was the Pa­p­a­toe­toe Un­der-16 women’s cricket team, which re­ceived new gear and uni­forms, and met the White Ferns. “It’s in­cred­i­ble,” coach Regina Lilii said.

“ANZ gave the team brand-new cricket gear and uni­forms to keep. This means so much to them and has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on team morale.

“The op­por­tu­nity to meet the White Ferns and ask ques­tions about their game . . . this doesn’t hap­pen ev­ery day. It was in­spir­ing for our play­ers and some­thing they’ll re­mem­ber for the rest of their lives.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the On Your Team grants are avail­able to all cricket play­ers, clubs, teams and fans across New Zealand.

“We en­cour­age teams to tell us how hav­ing ANZ on your team will make a dif­fer­ence this sea­son,” Mc­Gre­gor said.

PHOTO / AN­DREW CORNAGA/ PHOTOSPORT

The White Ferns with the Pa­p­a­toe­toe U16 women’s cricket team.

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