Our teams’ 2013 -2014 season produced fantastic achievements to cherish!

Winners -  “P3 Shield”!

Winners -   “Central Districts Inaugural Inter School T20”!

Winners -   “Challenge Shield” best Dannevirke team!Cricket_photos_Sep_2014

Behind these impressive results is a “Team”. A team built on a culture of having being supportive, respectful, skilled, having the right attitude and having fun. Individuals have all excelled at different times but it has been the teams’ collective ability to get on the field and win that made the difference. Support from parents and our school community has helped make a team we are all proud of. Coach, Bruce HooperSmith, is the man central to these achievements. The teams’ winning culture and results over the last four years are a tribute to Bruce’s influence and inspirational abilities. 

Even when we were down and out, in the semi-finals, the team came through to win, with an intense tenth wicket partnership of only six runs. This narrow win secured us the “Challenge Shield” for the best Dannevirke team and put us into the P3 finals. The First XI went on to win our third consecutive P3 final. Over the season we played 26 matches, winning 20. We always won when it counted.

Another achievement over the last season was Josh Thomson playing his 100th game for the First XI. Josh started in 2009 as a year 9 cricketer and hardly missed a game. Josh’s 100th game was played on our home pitch with Josh scoring 95 runs of our teams winning total of 265 runs. This feat, if ever repeated, requires four years of total dedication.

Pam Menzies completed ten years as teacher in charge of cricket. Thank you Pam, from all those teams!Cricket_PicMonkey_Collage_sep_2014

Notable individual achievements were: Greg Berry securing 51 wickets and winning the “MCA P3 Bowlers Cup”. Shaun Cordell and Thomas Kuggeleijn scored an impressive partnership of 225 runs. Maiden centuries were scored by Liam Duff and Shaun Cordell.  Thomas Kuggeleijn scoring 877 runs at an average of 54.8 runs. 

Thomas represented Dannevirke High School beyond our First XI team by being selected, as captain, for the MCA’s Under 17 representative team. At this teams prize giving Thomas was awarded “Player of the Year”. Thomas was subsequently selected for the “Central Districts Under 17” representative team. These are notable and rare achievement which confirms that Dannevirke High School has the structures and pathway for high achieving cricketers to excel and succeed.

The challenge next season is to prepare for the transition of seven new cricketers into the rebuilt team. Our cricket team has handled this situation each season and having a supportive culture for new junior members is a proven formula for success. We have the structures and willing cricketers to step up, perform and again build a top team. We have had a successful and rewarding season, so, let us do it all again next year!

Compiled by: Gordon Kuggeleijn.

Our Second XI team plays Saturday mornings in the Manawatu Cricket Associations secondary schools competition. The teams’ cricketers focus is to develop cricketing skills and have fun along the way. Matches are based on the T20 format. Our focus is to prepare cricketers for playing in the First XI in coming seasons.

Captain Mathew Payne has had an enjoyable time leading the team. Some cricketers have produced excellent individual results. Highlights have been: Matt Williams scoring 38, Aaron Herbert 41, Dylan Morgans bowled well on occasions. The top wicket taker this season was Cody Johnson, taking 10 wickets at an average of 23 runs per wicket. Campbell Ingram (year 9) earned selection for the Manawatu Cricket Associations Under 13 representative team, and was awarded their “Player of the Year” for his seasons’ performances.

This past season we played 14 games. We won only one game. Not impressive, but does reflect the grade we are in and the fact when cricketers do improve they get to move up and play with our First XI. We are a small school and do not have the numbers to move a whole team up the grades together. This is tough on team morale as the team is always changing. This does give opportunities to others to step up and perform. This challenging situation does build character and a desire to win. Many of the opposing teams are that schools’ First XI’s and are often older cricketers from much larger schools. Our relatively young team does very well to compete strongly. Developing the team culture to work together consistently is always under development. Term four will be a time for our team to shine. In term 1, 2015, we will promote seven from this team to our First XI, as Year 13 cricketers leave. Player numbers are small, so there is the opportunity to join us next term. See you there?

The team has been well coached by Frank Groube and Brent Ingram. 

Compiled by: Gordon Kuggeleijn

This is a new initiative, from our girls, to have a cricket team of their own. Sixteen keen girls have combined to form a very enthusiastic, skilled and competitive team. We play Saturday mornings against other girls’ teams and some year 7 & 8 boys’ teams. Starting from scratch we borrowed gear to start. We also applied to the ANZ Grant Scheme for cricket equipment. We were successful and received the ANZ sponsored cricket gear at the start of term one. This gave the team a massive boost. Thank you to the ANZ. 

During the season we played and won 7 of 16 games. Considering the team started from a position of zero experience and minimal knowledge of cricket, this result is excellent! We played two interschool events. In Wanganui we played Cullinane College Girls First XI twice, and won both games. We look forward to a return fixture next season. In Palmerston North, the Manawatu Cricket Association organised a “Quick Hit” competition for all the girls’ teams. Here we won two, lost two on this day of cricket. On Waitangi Day we travelled to Wairarapa and played the Under 15 Wairarapa Girls rep team. This was a hotly contested match which we lost. The trips away were fun outings. Much was learnt from these matches against all girls’ teams. We now know the standards we are required to reach to beat all these teams in future.

 The team has enjoyed mastering and “learning the game of cricket” over the summer. Earning a “WIN” has been the goal. Finding out how to combine all the various skills to get the team a “WIN”, has been enjoyed by the cricketers. All these new skills learnt will help the team succeed even more next season. 

As coach, observing the whole team achieve results together lead by their captain has been very impressive.  I wish to mention three standout individual achievers for the team this season. Anna Saunders (batting), Brianna Ingram (all-rounder) and team captain Samantha Harris (keeper and leader). These three provided the bases to build a solid team performance around their skills. All the girls combined to do their very best on the field and obviously enjoyed the days practicing, playing and travelling to matches. Throughout the season the team had fun. Especially playing against girls’ teams where we have observed the skills level other girls’ teams have achieved. We all look forward to next summer and building upon this successful year of girls’ cricket at Dannevirke High School. See you there!

Compiled by: Gordon Kuggeleijn.

Plans have been made for the coming season for three cricket teams. The First XI is playing in the Manawatu Cricket Association’s Premier 3 section. Coached by Bruce HooperSmith our team has won this section three years in a row now. The First XI have also won the Central Districts Cricket Association’s  T 20 competition, started last season. The Second XI (Coached by Gordon Kuggeleijn & Frank Groube) play Saturday mornings  in the MCA Secondary B section. Our Girls First XI (coached by Brent & Sharon Ingram) play Saturday mornings in a mainly Girls section. Our First XI team is selected on merit, so all cricketers are eligible for selection. Inter school matches are arranged for all teams.

The school is now spending $22,000.00 dollars adding another artificial pitch to the top field and upgrading our practice nets. 

Cricketing standards achieved are high. A list of MCA representatives in age group teams are as follows:
2013/14: Thomas Kuggeleijn, captained MCA, U 17. Also selected in the CDCA U 17  team. Campbell Ingram MCA U 13 team.
2013/12: Josh Thomson, Thomas Kuggeleijn MCA U 17.
2012/11: Todd Mancer U 18 MCA. Josh Thomson, Thomas Kuggeleijn, Craig Paton  MCA  U 16.
2011/2010: Todd Mancer U 17  MCA. Thomas Kuggeleijn U 15  MCA.