Cricket has blossomed in Willow in recent years. The success of the national team has undoubtedly spawned an interest that has been nurtured by players, Willow parents and dedicated coaches.
Throughout the year, early morning cricket training takes place up in the Campus Sports facility. Diligent young cricketers arrive on Tuesday or Thursdays at 7.15am to hone their batting, bowling and fielding skills under the watchful eye of Ms. Cusack and our two professional coaches: Reinhardt Strydom and Albert van der Merve.
Such commitment pays off handsomely as Spring approaches and competitive teams are formed. Internal leagues allow developing players to test their skills, whilst Super League & Leprechaun Cup players get a chance to compete with other schools.
Such organisation, supervision and coaching is demanding of resources- be it Parental funding of coaching and gear or School funding of supervision, transport and additional coaching.
Yet again, Willow is proud to be ‘the victim of its own success’!
Of course, where there is interest and commitment there is support. Thus matches, venues and personnel are scheduled for the coming season.
In preparation for the 2016 season, we have entered one team into the Super League (5th & 6th Formers) and one team into the ‘4th Class Cup’ (3rd & 4th Formers). School trials are held and in-house League games are planned as the weather gets warmer in Spring. It is also hoped to organise some friendlies with St. Mary’s and St. Andrews etc.
Ex-pupils, David Murphy, Callum Donnelly and friends will also be a genuine support to the boys as the season gets busy. As each match will require a minimum of one Coach, one Umpire and a team Manager-cum-Scorer, parental support is always welcome.
There is now a growing cohort of ‘Cricketing Families’ in Willow Junior who join together to support the boys in their favourite game.
We look forward to another busy season.