Page 31 - West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Cricket Club Yearbook 2014-15
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Season 2014/15 concluded our 23rd Kanga season with another successful season. Patrick Chensee made a welcome return after retiring as our Juniors Director in 2012. Patrick did a great job in getting Kanga up and running with tremendous contributions from Glenn O’Connor. Unfortunately Patrick had health issues that limited his involvement after Christmas. Glenn stepped up to continue the good work Patrick started and the season finished on a high. Glenn’s presence out in mid field each Saturday was greatly appreciated by our volunteers who always knew that had someone to turn to.
The good news is that Patrick continues to make steady progress back to good health.
We finished the season with 103 boys and girls registered allowing us to have 9 Teams. Since starting in 1992/93 we have now registered 2,235 children and introduced them to our great game. While down on the peak of 121 last season we had 4 teams make up the U8s – children who would have previously played Kanga.
This season we ran again our School Development program that saw our Level 1 and Level 2 Coaches run a Kanga skills day for our Kindy, Year 1 and Year 2 children. A special thanks to the Principals of Cherrybrook Public, West Pennant Hills Oakhill Drive Public Schools and St Agatha’s. To be able to have the opportunity to run Kanga introduction sessions during school periods adds tremendous value in introducing children to cricket and building on the strong relationship we have had with these schools for a number of years.
For many of our children and Parents this was their first taste of cricket and in many cases it would have been the first experience of cricket for many our parents and extended family. We had approx. 12 of our parents come along to our Level 0 coaching program and this gave our new Coaches and Managers the introduction needed to run their Teams. It was great to see all games run like clockwork with lots of involvement from parents and supporters. The sessions each week were a lot of fun and it was great to see the children and family support back up right until the end.
Season’s end saw the madcap skills event spilling over the entire Edward Bennett Oval followed by the distribution of trophies, team photos and, of course, Pat’s traditional bags of lollies for all. Even during his health problems Pat did not forget that !
Thank you again to everyone involved in making the season such a success. We are looking forward to another big season in 2015/16.
John Coulthard and Ross Anderson

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