This weekend is Labour Weekend but more importantly it is the ‘real’ start to the cricket season and even more importantly the continuation of making Kaipaki the ‘Best Country Cricket Club In NZ’. Shadow batting MUST be a regular thing in your household from now on. If you don’t have a full length mirror at home to shadow bat in front of I suggest that you try the reflection of shop windows, Car windows is a goody and Munns menswear have pretty good mirrors – they let me in to play my cover drives without even trying on a pair of pants these days, which is pretty good of them. If your wife is about to have a baby I suggest that you don’t shadow bat in the hospital because they will put you in the Henry Bennett Centre. This recently happened to me and I have only now just been discharged. A hundy to them meant something different apparently.
What’s on this season I hear you sing?
Saturday Competition Cricket
Kaipaki will again field 3 teams in the same competitions as last year:
· Kaipaki Green – WVCA Division A
· Kaipaki U19 – WVCA Division B
· Kaipaki Gold – Hamilton Senior C
Trainings started 4 weeks ago. The Under 19’s train on Wednesday’s and the Green team train on Thursday’s both start around 5pmish until dark. The Gold team have game preview sessions at Michael Clayton’s place starting around 3pm Wednesday, 3pm Thursday and 12pm Friday.
Kaipaki Cricket Classic
A new concept to Kaipaki Nation for all the Labour and Green Party supporters that believe participation is paramount and mediocrity is acceptable. This concept is primarily for non weekend cricketers that want to join a team with their mates, have a beer, have a laugh and pull a back muscle . This will take place the last Friday of every month starting in November. It has a retro theme and I have ordered 1980 styled one day shirts for the 4 teams competing – India, Australia, Pakistan and NZ. Ryan Preston, Leon Holden, Cambridge Junior Cricket Coaches and Geoff Foster have confirmed teams.
Clifton Cricket Exchange
Mark Greatbatch is leading the Clifton massive up from Hawkes Bay to play Kaipaki this Sunday. It is again going to be a wonderful occasion – good news is that Dr Graeme Currie is playing for Kaipaki which will be a sigh of relief to many of us. This year the teams will compete for the Bradley & Greatbatch Bat – after Mark Greatbatch and Martin Bradley….Martin who? I’m not sure who he is either but if you see someone with lily white legs wearing rugby shirts in your neighbourhood that could possibly be him.
Kaipaki Cricket Tour to Queenstown
This year’s annual tour will be to Queenstown in January. We have a touring group of 32, 17 Athletes and 15 WAGS. I’m picking 17 of the touring are going to have a pretty good time.
Waitangi Day 6 a Side
This year the Waitangi Day 6 a Side will take place on Waitangi Day.
The Rashes – Kaipaki vs Ngahinapouri
The Rashes will again take place just before Christmas – Cameron Marcroft and his merry men from Nanapouri will try and hold aloft the treasured Rashes Urn for the first time. This year Kaipaki will host Ngahinapouri and the game will be played on the 20th of December.
National Club Championship
Because Kaipaki won the Mike Cotter Cup (anyone seen Mike?) last season the WVCA have entered us into the National One Day Competition – we will play the Hamilton Qualifier on the 21st of December at a neutral venue – possibly at the Basin Reserve.
The Seddon Park Cup
Our annual fixture between West Hamilton and Kaipaki will be played at Seddon Park – at the moment John Parker is in negotiations with the ICC and BCCI trying to rearrange the Cricket World Cup draw so we can fit this game in at Seddon Park. Last I heard is that he has succeeded and now John is running the Cricket World Cup. The final will be played at Kaipaki. Can someone please sort the scoreboard out before then?
Again this year we will send out funny and inappropriate pictures of people in an attempt to lighten up peoples days. We will also be doing press conferences as we did towards the end of last year. Other ways Kaipaki will promote itself so the population of the Nation increases is:
· Website – www.kaipaki.com
· Facebook – Baggy Green & Golds
· Youtube – Kaipaki National News
We need to remember what makes us unique as a club:
· Must wear Op Shop Blazers to all games (non negotiable) – no more that $20
· Kaipaki Badge
· Wearing Baggy Green & Gold Caps when on the field of play
· Wearing Op Shop number 1’s when the call goes out for it.
· Must bring a plate to home games and eat lunch with the opposition
· Must clap the opposition captain into bat
· Bum taps instead of high fives
· Names out of a hat to decide batting order
· Miniature criket bat for 100
· Mounted ball for 5 wicket haul
· Saturday afternoon all teams back to Kaipaki after play.
Yours in sick of eating Henry Bennett Centre food,
Kaipaki Cricket Enthusiast