Hills Annual Race Night

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY–probably one of our most important Fundraisers in the year is our Annual Race Night which will be held in our clubhouse on the night of the 13th of April 2019, which is the Saturday night after our friendly game v Balbriggan at the Vineyard!

We will be getting our tickets out into the public domain in the next while so watch this space!!!!

Start time : 8.30 sharp.

More information to follow in the coming days……..#THCC

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Club Registration Night

****CLUB REGISTRATION NIGHT****
YOUTHS and ADULTS

One of our most important evenings at the club is fast approaching……..

When: Thursday 4th of April, 2019.

Where: The Hills Cricket Club.

Times: Open for Registrations from 6.30pm till 8.30pm.

*We will accept card on the evening also!

*All prices of Membership are on our webpage but all prices will remain the same as last year!

**Please come down and register early to avoid disappointment as the season will get underway for most in the middle of April and ALL players need to be registered before playing……..

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NEWS UPDATES FROM THE VINEYARD

NEWS UPDATES FROM THE VINEYARD

Everyone is agreed that Spring has sprung, St Brigid announced that February 1st saw the glad day, Met Eireann, while disagreeing with the saint, is happy that the second season began on March 1st but whichever date you prefer Spring has sprung.

This is, of course, the time for SPRING CLEANING, so get into gear by purging those presses, clearing the closets, weeding the wardrobes and hunting through the hotpress for all the stuff you thought, three years ago, you’d wear again some day. Be honest, since you’ve lost that kilo those trousers are going to fall off you, so now’s your chance to do the clear-out and help your club at the same time;

The Hills CC CLOTHING DRIVE

Please donate unwanted clothing, bed linen, curtains etc.

We accept;

Clothes

Paired shoes

Belts

Handbags

Curtains

Bedlinen

Soft toys

Items need to dropped off at the club on or before March 20th and can be left, in plastic sacks, in the portacabin or in the green container at the back of the pavilion.

For further information please contact any committee member.

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT re REGISTRATION

Roger Kear, Chair of the Cricket Committee has asked everyone to cooperate;

With the cricket season now only a few short weeks away it is imperative that all cricketers register with Cricket Leinster in order to be eligible to play in the leagues.

All adult male players should register for OPEN competitions.

All women who will play women’s cricket only should register for Women’s Cricket only.

All women cricketers who might also play in open competitions MUST register in both Women’s and open categories.

All male youth players (under 18) who might also play in adult teams MUST be registered for open and youth cricket (registration by parent)

All female youth players who might also play in women’s cricket MUST be registered for youth and women’s, by parent

All youth players (male and female) who will play only in youth competitions MUST be registered for Youth Cricket, again by parent.

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES HERE, IT IS NOW NECESSARY FOR YOU TO REGISTER YOUTH PLAYERS.

If there is anyone out there who might play Taverners Cricket you should register for Social Cricket.

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes regarding registration and it is vital that we get the right players in the correct categories, so please get onto the Cricket Leinster website and click “register”, then just follow your nose to the right category for you and register.

NEW CLUB CLOTHING

Your Executive Committee has been listening to your thoughts on playing gear and social wear;

“A quicker turnaround please. I don’t want to wait five or six weeks for a club polo shirt.” John in Skerries

“Where can I buy a Hills top today?” Peter in Balcunnin.

“How come it’s so hard to get a Hills cap?” Jean in Ardla.

“I’d love to get my husband a Hills T20 shirt for his birthday next week.” Mary in Balrothery.

Having heard and listened the exec have made the decision to change supplier; Stuart Surridge have been suppliers of cricket gear for more years than I care to remember, so with the cooperation of Ed Dwyer of Ed Sports, The Hills will now be adorned in Surridge clothing. This move will not only mean easier ordering and quicker supply, it will also offer better value for money.

Ed Sports will carry our new range in his shop, including caps jumpers, shirts, polos, training kit, half-zips, jackets, the newT20 gear and all you might need to be the best dressed cricketer or supporter in The Vineyard or any other ground, in any weather.

Some stock will be available for sale from the club bar and anything not immediately on hand can be ordered direct from Ed Sports’ website.

Over the next week or two the Club will be launching an online ordering page to offer members and friends an easy, inexpensive, and fast delivery option for our new garment range. All items will come with Club Crest and can be personalized if required.

Of course, the O’Neill’s gear is still perfectly acceptable, but the Club would love to see as many folk as possible using the new Surridge clothing.

A full catalogue of the new range, including the 50th anniversary polo, will be available early next week.

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First Team Captain 2019 Season

We are delighted to announce to everyone that Tomás Murphy has been appointed First Team Captain for the 2019 season.

In accepting the position Tomás has said … ” I’m delighted to accept the captaincy of the Firsts and look forward to leading the Team this season .It will be an exciting time both on and off the pitch,in our Club’s 50th year. When accompanied with, the introduction of our new coaching structure designed to mentor and develop our younger players and the new league structure 2019 will present challenges and great opportunities , all of which i’m looking forward to facing along with my teammates “

We would all like to congratulate Tomás on his appointment and wish him all the very best to him and the First Eleven during 2019, as we do for all teams and all players this year. #THCC

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Welcome To The Hills Greg Lamb

We are delighted to announce that we have secured the services of Greg Lamb for the 2019 season.

Greg is a British Passport holding Zimbabwean cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman who can bowl both off spin and right arm medium pace.

He was Zimbabwe’s Young Player of the Year and represented his country at Under-12, Under-15 and Under-19 levels. He played in the C&G Trophy final for Hampshire against Warwickshire in 2005 and was a valuable member of the squad which finished runners-up in the Frizzell County Championship in 2005 playing alongside the likes of Simon Kaitch, Sean Irvine , Kevin Pieterson and others.

Lamb has since returned to Zimbabwe to play for the Mashonaland Eagles. Lamb has had prolific seasons with the Eagles which led to him representing Zimbabwe in Test, ODI and T20 International Cricket.

As a Club we have listened to our members and have brought Greg in, not only for his proven ability on the pitch but also to utilise his experience gained at the highest level to reinvigorate our weekly Training where he will provide coaching and one to ones with players who have missed out on this kind of attention. In combination with others who will adopt a mentoring role at training and matches , we really feel that 2019 will be the year that we really build on the great work of previous coaches such as John Wills and others ,( some of home will also be reappearing at times to really develop all of our players.)and prepare our Club for the journey ahead. #THCC

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Sponsorship Opportunites

Dear members and friends of The Hill CC,

As you are probably aware, the coming marks the 50th anniversary of our great Club and to mark the occasion we will be hosting an large number of events to showcase our Club and grounds.

This year we are seeking a number of new sponsors to help us cover our costs (not playing costs) and we are actively looking for businesses and individuals to lend their support to our Club.

Opportunities start from as little as €20.00 for match balls, rising to match day sponsorship, fixtures and fittings, advertising hoardings, shirt logos, and, if we’re really lucky, a total club sponsorship deal.

The options are endless but, now more than ever, with the reach of our social media platforms and our new online match-day live streaming, we will get sponsors messages out to thousands of people in the area and further afield.

If you can help, or if you know of any companies or individuals who might be interested, please leave a pledge or a message with either of the following and we will do all the follow up work regarding exact details of packages;

rogkear@gmail.com

anntmurphy@eircom.net

If you would prefer to talk to any other committee member then please do so and rest assured that your input will be followed up.

Many thanks for your continued support

Kind regards

Roger Kear

Hon. Secretary, The Hills Cricket Club

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Indoor Training

Indoor training session will take place from Tuesday 19th February at North County from 9.00 pm until 10.30 Pm for 6 weeks. All current and former players both men and women are most welcome to join us.

If you’re looking for a new start or new to the area we have teams that cater for all abilities from The Firsts to The Taverners, so just pop down and give it a go.

If you require ant further information please e-mail us 
info@thehillscricketclub.ie

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Spring Clean Up

Lady Vineyard is hoping all her members and friends had a restful winter and are ready to help her become even more beautiful than she normally is on this her 50th birthday party year.

We would ask members and friends to make their services available on a Saturday morning or two starting Saturday the 16th February.
A list of projects and relevant organizers will go out over the coming days to allow members and friend to pick groups and projects they would like to do.
No major skills are required as many hands make light work 
This is an effort to return to former days in the club where the Tea bell ringer was the only person we listened to. 
Please make yourself available for these morning if only for a few hours.
You will feel better for doing this and in turn, the club, your club will come a better place. #THCC

More updates to follow.

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Youth Coaching Workshop

We would like to invite all our members who managed,coached or mentored any of our Boys & Girls Squads last year to an Information Workshop on Coaching Youth players next Sunday at The Hills Cricket Club.

Our Two Presenters at the Workshop will be John Wills & Matt Dwyer. John’s (our former first team coach) knowledge on the game of cricket and how we coach and what we coach will be invaluable to all in attendance!

Matt will also be present, a former Hills player and former coach to a very successful Irish cricket squad in the recent past! So, with all that been said we would really like this to a be a good start and lead into our 50th year as an on-going learning environment created by two fantastic Coaches from The Hills Cricket Club. Thank you in Advance.

Venue: The Hills Cricket Club.

Time: 12 – 1.30 pm

Date: Sunday 3rd of February 2019.

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Tea Dance Sunday 6th January

How will we shake these winter blues away? Well you can Shake, Rattle, Roll, Waltz and Sing them away this Sunday in the cricket club from 3pm.
Santa may have gone but Martin Byrne will be back to bring you all your favorites and his with his much loved Tea dance. So get of the couch and join us this Sunday. Tea and a sandwichs and maybe a sneaky ale if you fancy. 
All welcome so bring a friend or two. #THCC

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