NEWS & EVENTS
We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a three-year equipment and clothing contract with Freedom2Play.
Freedom2Play are the New Zealand agents for MRF cricket equipment and TYKA Apparel.
MRF’s association with cricket goes all the way back to the 1980s. MRF took it to the next level in the 1990s when some of the world’s best batsmen Lara, Tendulkar and Steve Waugh wielded MRF bats, playing unforgettable knocks that swept many cricket lovers through a whole range of emotions. In the current era, AB deVillers, Virat Kohli and Sikhar Dhawan are blazing the willow as they play some memorable knocks.
In 1992, MRF set up the MRF Pace Foundation that has now earned the reputation of being the most sought-after institution for honing bowling skills across all test playing countries. Several international pace bowlers including Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar, Shane Bond & Glen McGrath have undergone training at the Pace Foundation at some point in their career which was managed by Dennis Lillee before Glen McGrath took over as the Director of Coaching.
TYKA Apparel was introduced in 2009 by TK Sports that has been manufacturing Hockey & Cricket gear for a long time. Same company that makes the Shrey Helmets which are used by various international cricketers including numerous Black Caps!
TYKA offer top quality apparel suitable for various sports and performance wear to make athletes not only look good but also perform better on and off the fields.
TYKA supply clothing to over 2500 plus teams/clubs across the globe. The list includes IPL teams like Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, CPL teams like Warriors, Patriots plus the Somerset County team.
Freedom2Play are delighted to get this opportunity to work with Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club for the next three seasons as the exclusive gear and clothing supplier. You can visit Freemdom2Play at www.freedom2play.co.nz or call them on “027 Freedom” to join their growing F2PPlayerNetwork.
The board of HPCC are pleased with the opportunities this agreement opens up, especially the financial assistance to the junior boys and girls and the school outreach program.
Our Junior Muster Day will be held at Lloyd Elsmore Park on the 2nd September 2017, from 10am – 2pm.
Fun day at the Club for members, including new members, to register and enjoy the camaraderie amongst fellow players & parents.
There will be coaching & skill sessions in the indoor nets. Freedom2Play will man their pop-up store with all the latest gear on display, while registrations will be in the office’s lounge area.
For Club Registrations, please click the register button on our home page.
A special thanks to all our sponsors, that contribute enormously to the success of the club. Our sponsors contribute in a number of different ways.
- Ray White. Marie Raos and New World are our naming sponsors. It has been some time since the club has had naming sponsors and these very recognisable names are a great start and fine business brands for our club to be associated with. We certainly hope they think the same of HPCC
- Grassroots Trust, Pub Charity, Players Sport and the Howick Local Board contribute through coaching salaries and playing equipment. Grassroots has been a long-term supporter of our coaching team, we thank them for all they do for us. Also, special thanks to the Howick Local Board who are funding two inflatable nets that will be used in our school outreach program.
- Auckland Cricket provides funding for club administration and specific player initiatives such as the Indian and women recruitment drives.
- Stevenson Trust, which provides funding for the maintenance and development of the club rooms.
- Dilmah Tea sponsor the club golf tournament. Scotty’s golf day is one of the most fun days on the club’s calendar and Scotty never lets us down with a very well organised day and plenty of Dilmah tea to go round.
- Ron Enright Tools sponsor the twilight tournament
- We had many club members and sponsors that donated items to the dinner auction, such as Rod Oxford, Sojo Design, The Apothecary, Basalt, The Good Home. These people and companies continue to provide support year after year. DreamBeds owned and operated by George Balani and his family has supported many club events and have consistently offered up some
of the highest value items for either auction or club raffles. George has offered his broadcasting experience to assist us in future club events.
I know we tend to take it for granted, but I doubt there is another club in the country that can say they have four Black Caps, two players in the IPL and eight first class players in their club.
Our Black Caps you all did us proud.
- Colin Munro scored his maiden T20 International 100 against Bangladesh and went on to feature in a number of T20 leagues around the world, For those of you fortunate enough to catch last Saturday Colin & Brendon McCullum lit up the Caribbean League with a brutal display of hitting. Just a shame Mitch McClenaghan was part of the receiving end.
- Colin de Grandhomme, not only made his test debut this season, delivered the best bowling performance by a Black Cap on debut with 6/41, but established himself as an integral part of the NZ test team
- Mitch McClenaghan was unlucky with injuries early in the season, but not only forced his way back into the Black Caps, but was also an IPL winner with the Mumbai Indians
- Glen Phillips established himself as a very dangerous player in both T20 and One Day formats, with a long career in front of him.
In January of this year, the Board agreed on a Strategic Plan for the club.
Copies are available if anyone wants to read it, but essentially the plan consists of the following:
- Focus on coaching. This was determined to be the number one goal of the plan, being able to offer quality coaching to all players in the club, all ages and all skill levels. In April we signed Ben Williams as Director of Coaching, Ben will direct all coaching for the club, ably assisted by Danru Ferns. As well as club coaching, Ben and Danru will be running a cricket academy, first course started on July 24.
- School outreach. We have 44 schools in our cricket area, 28 primary schools, 7 Intermediate/Middle schools and 9 secondary schools. We believe this is the largest concentration of schools for any Auckland club. This year we will start to provide coaching and tournament opportunities for these schools.
- Organisation, developing an efficient, profitable organisation. The changes to the board, changes to our admin organisation and technology (fibre optic cable, upgraded website, ability to work remotely) are all designed make us more efficient.
- Facilities, providing our players with the best playing and practice facilities. This includes upgrading the clubrooms, not just general maintenance, but also improved technology and a general smarting up of our image.
- Recognised by the wider cricket community as a positive influence on NZ cricket and by the community of East Auckland as a positive influence on the area. Next year we will be forming a nationwide club cricket network, this year we’re embracing the local sports community by partnerships with the likes of the Buckland Beach Association Football Club.
2017 has seen HPCC share its facilities with BBAFC over the winter months.
Our feedback for the football lads has been very positive and we will see how the two clubs maybe able to work together in the future to obtain further funding etc with the two clubs combined memberships in excess of 2100 playing members.
Our largest fundraising event certainly from a volunteer effort point of view has been the last two dinners the club has run.
This year Carmen Holmes joined the team and helped organise the 2017 Sir Ian Botham dinner. The team was made up of Ted Waters, Nicki Grierson and Carmen. The dinner was a fabulous event enjoyed by 330 people, and was another successful fundraising evening.
Nick Craig & Nicki Grierson, who need no introduction, together with Ted Waters obtained most of the silent and live auction items which at the end of the day is revenue the club gains from.
The Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club would like to proudly announce that it has secured a new sponsor for both the Junior and Senior Club for the 2016/17 Season.
The Board and members would like to express their sincere thanks to the Ray White, Howick team and in particular Marie Raos for their wonderful contribution to and support of the Club. Sponsorship of this nature is not easy to procure and the Club is most grateful for this association.
In support of Ray White, Howick and Marie Raos the Senior and Junior teams will, for the rest of the season, be referred to as:
Junior Club: “Ray White, Howick HPCC”
Senior Club: “Marie Raos, Ray White HPCC”
The Club’s full name may also be used in place of the initials, HPCC
Fun day at the Club for members, including new members, to register and enjoy the camaraderie amongst fellow players & parents. Some of the HPCC’s Auckland Aces & Black Caps will be on site offering some advice & signing autographs.
There will be coaching & skill sessions, a mobile inflatable cricket net, bouncy castle, music & spot prizes to keep all entertained. Players Sports will man their pop-up store with all the latest gear on display & the food kiosk & bar will be open to cater for all.
All on-site registrations will stand a chance of winning a full sized Gray Nicolls cricket bat signed by the Black Cap skipper, Kane Williamson. See You All There!!
HPCC is extremely proud of its 7 Representatives in the Auckland Cricket U18 Girls team.
Names of players left to right –
Amberly Parr, Josie Penfold, Erin Beattie, Radhika Patel
Rae Allright, Skye Bowden, Ella Mayhew
Full Report to follow.
Wellington ended up winning the overall tournament while ACA ended 2nd and 3rd in the various competitions.