Junior Fun Day and Awards Ceremony
The Club's Junior Fun Day and Awards presentations took place on Saturday 14th September at New Williamfield and was well attended by young and old alike.
The Junior section has grown in size and capacity this year and this end of season celebration was particularly enjoyable (despite the high winds cruelly ruling out the bouncy castle). The event began with the opportunity for kids (and kids at heart) to partake a variety of fun activities and enjoy food from the BBQ, cake stall and candy floss machine.
After the Fun Day part of the afternoon drew to a close, everyone made their way inside for the Awards Ceremony to celebrate a successful junior season. Awards were awarded for outstanding cricketers from all age groups (from Kwiks upwards) and presented a great chance to recognise the efforts and achievements of all our young cricketers!
Kwiks is an enjoyable soft ball game for younger members which helps them to develop initial skills in bowling, batting and fielding. Kwiks players participate in the Cricket Forth Valley Kwiks festivals, giving them their first match experiences.
From left to right, Benjamin Marshall was awarded the medal for Best Team Player; Oliver Taylor awarded the medal for Most Improved; and Alexander Hambly, who was awarded Best Attendance, accompanied by their Kwiks coaches, Cath Childs and Adnan Saleem.
The Junior 1 team have done particularly well this year, developing their cricketing skills during training whilst playing in the Cricket Forth Valley Junior 1 league, which they won. Huge congratulations to all the Junior 1 players.
From left to right, Niamh Robertson-Jack (Stirling County, Western Warriors and Scotland Under 17 Women's team player), who presented the awards; Megan Childs, winner of the medal for the medal for Best Attendance; James Taylor, who was presented the J1 plate for Most Improved Player; and Florence Gibson who was awarded the Peter Blackburn Shield for Bowling. They were accompanied by the Junior 1 coach, Jonathan Bowes.
Other Junior 1 award winners were Caitlin Lowry, who was awarded the Ed Eccles Shield for batting, and Oscar Midgley, who clinched the fielding Shield.
The Junior 2 team have become quite competitive and travelled Scotland to play in their Western District Cricket Union League and have also performed well, enjoying chips after matches when they won!
From left to right, Ollie Jones (Lawrence Travel Cup for batting), Noah Billios (Fielding Shield), Zac Coffee and Ally Banks who were jointly awarded the Bobby Stewart Cup for bowling. Ally Banks and Lewis Robertson-Jack were jointly awarded the Junior 2 plate for Most Improved player, and Lewis Robertson-Jack was also awarded the Wicket-keeping shield. Seen here with Junior 2 coach and Club Chairman, Jason Jones.
In addition, the Junior 2 award was presented to Elizabeth Hambly for Best Attendance.
The Stuart McGann Award, a prestigious prize given to the junior player who has shown constant enthusiasm for all things cricket throughout the season, was presented to Ally Burke by Iona Lowry (a previous recipient of the Stuart McGann Award who is currently playing with Eastern Knights cricket team).
Finally, a Club Cap was presented by First team captain, Matthew Tweedie, to Hamish Paterson in recognition of his huge contribution to Junior cricket over the years and his transfer to play for the Stirling County Cricket Club Senior teams.
The Juniors are now looking forward to some indoor training and playing against local teams in the upcoming Cricket Forth Valley festivals. More details to follow.