The Sheffield Shield comes to Townsville in November

The myFootDr Queensland Bulls will play Western Australia in a Sheffield Shield match at Townsville’s Tony Ireland Stadium starting on Saturday 26 November. The round four clash will be the first Shield match staged at the venue, which has previously hosted domestic T20 and one-day matches, as well as One Day Internationals, international first class matches and youth international games.

Entry to the match will be free, and Townsville Cricket have cleared the weekend of local fixtures so all cricket players and participants can come along to cheer on the Bulls.


Interim Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Michael Kasprowicz congratulated the Townsville City Council on securing a Sheffield Shield fixture for the region.

“It is exciting to be able to bring a Shield match to Tony Ireland Stadium this season, which in a way completes the picture domestically for the venue after previously hosting one-day and T20 fixtures,’’ he said.

“The Sheffield Shield is one of Australia’s oldest competitions and boasts a strong and lasting tradition. The highly competitive environment featuring the Bulls and the other State teams means it forms an important element in Australian Cricket’s overall playing strength.”

“Tony Ireland Stadium has proven itself to be of international standard many times over and we look forward to further developing our association with the venue and Townsville. We believe this match will complement the excellent work done by Townsville Cricket and its many volunteers and workers and can only benefit the continued growth of the game in the area.”

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said Townsville was continuing to prove itself on a national and international level in cricketing circles.

“Hosting international cricket such as this is important for Townsville’s growing reputation as a regional sporting hub and further developing local cricket,” Cr Hill said.

“Having this event in Townsville is a major win for the city and makes this the 10th international cricket series the city has secured since 2007.

“Events such as this inject money into the region and offer spectators exciting, top level competition.

“We hope hosting these games will lead to more elite sporting events in Townsville in the near future.”


T20 Blast Coach Upskill Session

Urgent Venue Change – Friday 7th October 

T20 Blast Coaches Managers upskill session will now be held at –

John McCulloch Oval Brothers Cricket Club, behind the shops at Golf Links drive.

Come & Try/Coach up skill:          Friday 7th  October 2016  commencing at 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Please note this is only for the upskill session only all games will commence on :                     Friday 14th October 2016 at Riverway Oval at 5.40pm

At the session we will cover the following –

  • Introduction of T20 Blast Coordinator and Skill Zone staff, their roles and responsibility
  • Format and rules – how to play the game, score zones
  • Skill Zone area – skill training , how to help the children’s skills
  • Team Coach/ manager responsibility and parent active involvement.
  • This year Grant Russ will be the T20 Blast centre Coordinator along with Skill Zone deliverers Daine Macdonald and Connor Landrigan who will work with improving the players skills in the skill zone area.

We look forward to seeing your coaches, managers and any parents tomorrow night

Community coaching courses in October

Community Cricket Coaching courses (formerly Level 1 coach course) will be offered in Townsville October 2016.

Details below:

  • WHAT: Community Coaching Course
  • DATES: Wednesday 19th & 26th October 2016
  • TIME: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • VENUE:  Tony Ireland Stadium, Sporting Drive, Thuringowa Central

NOTES: You will need to attend both sessions in order to gain the certificate.  Light refreshments will be provided. Please wear active light clothing and runners.

In previous seasons coaches have been able to register on the day but are no longer able to due to the process being online. All coaches need to complete the free “Introduction to Cricket’ course which allows them to then register and pay before attending. Coaches who are not registered will unfortunately be unable to attend.

I can’t stress the importance of clubs providing coaches adequate notice to register as registrations close at5pm Friday 14th October.

Registration process:

  1. Step 1: Log onto the CCA site (details below) Coaches to contact me if there are any issues.
  2. Step 2: Under the Courses tab please complete the free “Introduction to Cricket” course. The online course is a non-negotiable and must be completed.
  3. Step 3: Once Intro to cricket is completed – Under the Courses tab, select the course you wish to attend then register and contact Sam or Phil for the free promo code.

In terms of payment, Cricket Australia is offering a one off free course as part of the new formats being trialled in Townsville.  Before you register, email Sam Harris at to find out the promo code to continue.

Cricket Australia have revamped the coaching course with a new coaching philosophy. I can guarantee that coaches that come along to these course will be armed with fantastic new content for the season as well as having a great day out.

Please contact Sam Harris – Regional Cricket Officer, North Queensland (P – 0409 520 051 E – ) or Phil Robinson Talent Officer – Central & Northern (P – 0429 218 701 E – ), if you have any further queries.

Canteen operator wanted

Position Vacant

Canteen Operations – Endeavour Park central pavilion

Following the retirement of Paulene Wiltshire  Townsville Cricket is now looking for someone, person or persons, to take over the role of Canteen Operations. This role can be filled by one or a number of people.

The role will be to run and operate the canteen at our main pavilion at the Endeavour Park centre canteen facility for allocated games or events on behalf of Townsville Cricket.

During the cricket season this would be for Saturday and Sunday and the possibility of special events that may occur.

The role would carry remuneration support.

If you have an interest in cricket and also have interest in running a canteen and having the opportunity to be involved in establishing  a menu of goods for sale that provides variety that will attract all members and visitors to purchase goods from canteen then this role is for you. The role would suit all people from young teenagers through to retirees looking to the opportunity to still be involved in a community sport. Unfortunately as the canteen is licensed you need to be over 18 to apply.

With the season about to be upon us this is a role we are keen to fill.

If you would like more information please contact either Peter or Ross on the contact details below. This role is ready to start.

Peter Fry – President Townsville Cricket       M: 0439 748760 E:

Ross Shaw – Secretary Townsville Cricket  M: 0438 154202  E:

Woman involved in Cricket forum

Cricket Australia is looking at running a workshop for Woman who are involved in Cricket. The workshop will be held in Townsville and the date for this workshop is the 23rd of October 2016, attached is a flyer about the workshop.

The content of the workshop is about how women who are involved in cricket clubs and associations can use their strengths to have a greater impact and be more effective in the cricket community. For example they might be an administrator, secretary, coach, mum of a player or a player, they have great ideas about how to develop their club but maybe frustrated by their ability to influence change, the workshop looks at those frustrations from a different perspective and helps women develop strength based solutions.

It is important to note this is a female only workshop.

NAME: Woman in Cricket Workshop

DATE: 23rd October, 2016

TIME: 10am – 4pm

VENUE: Tony Ireland Stadium – Function Room

Can you please inform Tony Hampson  from Qld Cricket if this is something you would be interested in attending so we can confirm attendance numbers with Cricket Australia.

Tony Hampson –

Women In Cricket A4 Flyer Updates (Leadership) QLD NQ

Guns n Hoses T20 Cricket fundraiser

This Friday the 9th of September our Emergency services are hosting the annual “Guns ‘n’ Hoses” T20 Cricket fundraiser event at the River way Oval Complex. it is a great family fun night and everyone is invited to come along and support this fundraiser and also support the men and women of our emergency services
There will be 3 games over the evening from 2.30pm, teams from the QLD Police service, QLD Ambulance service and QLD Fire & emergency services will be battling it out.
There will be stalls, fun activities for the kids. This event has great local support from many clubs and businesses and Townsville Cricket is proud to support the Guns n Hoses fundraiser and ask as many of our members to pop on out and support this event Final 2016 FLYER Guns&Hoses