Welcome To The Hills Ciara and Albert

The Last Couple of weeks have been busier than the Sky Sports News Centre on transfer deadline day. First Max came back to us and now We would like to take this opportunity to officially announce another two new signings in The Hills Cricket Club for season 2016. Albert Van Der Merwe returns to the club from YMCA CC and Ciara Metcalfe joins us from Pembroke CC, bringing in players and coaches of this level into our club only reiterates our pursuit of success in The Hills Cricket Club going forward.  We would like to extend a big Hills welcome to both and may your season ahead be a very successful one!  Also, to Ciara we would like to wish her well as she embarks on Irish duty in the next couple of weeks to try and bring a World Cup back home….ONE CLUB HCC!

galleryphoto016_01Ciara Metcalfe


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All Right Horse!!!

And They’re Off!!!

The first major fundraiser of the year takes place on Friday the 11th of March in the clubhouse with our Annual Race Night. Always a good night with plenty of banter, the first race starts at 9.pm. Plenty of opportunities to buy horses or sponsor a race or even place an advertisement in the program.

So to sum up our race night is on Friday 11th  March, there are 9 races and the Auction Race.  €10.00 Euro per Horse. Race Sponsorship is €150.00, a full page advert in the program is €100.00 and the half page is only €60.00.  Horses and cards are being handed out this week to members or you can give Michael Gavin a call on 0862578012 to get a card, sponsor a race or place an advertisement in the program.

Please support this evening, all are welcome.

Race Night!

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Adult Pre Season Training

A reminder to all adult members that indoor pre season training continues on Monday nights at North County between 9pm-10pm, cost is €5.00 per session.  Please make sure you bring all appropriate gear specific to cricket.  Training is about being: on time, ready and working on your technique, don’t be worried about how quick your bowling is or how hard you are trying to hit the ball, it’s all about timing and accuracy at indoor pre season nets. Make sure all areas are safe and the hall is clear of gear as this in itself can be a big hazard during a session.

And remember, Enjoy one and All……..

Training at the Nets

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The Hills Go Live!

The Hills had a very successful launch night for the new club website on Saturday 13th February in the club house. It was great to see so many members of the club young and old out in force. A BIG THANK YOU to our media group of  Willie Dwyer, Lauren Hoey and Karl Freeman and our website developer Rory Wheeler who made this project happen. We would also like to thank Shay Clinton for cutting the ribbon and giving our site its official GO LIVE!   We have set up Instagram, a Youtube channel and we are working on our Flicker photo gallery, we also hope to launch a junior Facebook very soon. Thank you all once again for making our cricket club one of the best in the country.

Shay Clinton Go Live!



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Cricket Coaching Courses

Cricket Coaching Courses

We have certified Introduction to Cricket and Introduction to Coaching Courses available to club members on the 13th of March at The Hills cricket club. The Intro to Cricket course will run from 9:00am-12:00pm and is open to 10 members of the club (aged 15+) at a cost of €20 and the plan is to let those attending the morning course join the Intro to Coaching course at 12:05pm-3:00pm, at an additional cost of €20.

The morning group will join the 10 members of the club that already did the Intro to Cricket course last year.
Last years group will be notified asap.  So to sum up. Do the 2 courses on the one day. Cost €40 or for last years group, complete the course for €20.

These courses along with the Levels 1, 2, 3 are highly recommended by the club not alone for their content but their ability to improve your own game along with your understanding of it but also to help your club improve the quality of play at the THCC for years to come. These are the legacies that will most be remembered in the fullness of time.

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Good Luck Max

The management and members would like to wish Max Sorensen all the best of luck as he heads to Australia tomorrow to join up with the Irish squad as they start an exciting 10 weeks or so in Australia and Dubai and finally India for the world T20 cup. God speed bru to you and all the boys.



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Ladies 1st and 2nd team Coach opportunity 2016

The Hills Cricket Club Ladies  are seeking to fill the role of Coach and or Player for their Ist and 2nd teams for the coming season.

With a successful women’s section fielding two sides  in Div 1 and 2 with a large number of talented younger players and a well  established junior section, The Club has achieved a number of promotions over the last couple of years and is aiming to develop further.

The successful candidate will be able to plan and deliver enjoyable and effective coaching sessions for both adults and juniors.

Coaching times – Mondays 6.30 – 8.30pm with Thursday night games, home & away.

How to apply – Please contact Bobby Swarbrigg @ bobswarbrigg@gmail.com p: 087 2277563



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Hills get 8 on under 11 winter squad

The Hills have had 8 boys selected for the U11’s Leinster winter training squad.

The coaching sessions  are currently being held at North County Cricket Club, St Columba’s College and King’s Hospital School. Eight coaching sessions between October and Easter will give the boys an opportunity to further develop their skills and to continue to improve as cricketers.

Congratulations to:

  • Adam Clinton
  • Jacob Clinton
  • Johnny Dunne
  • Paddy Kelly
  • Ben Parker
  • Ivan Ryan
  • James Ryan
  • Sam Smyth

The sessions re-commence on Friday, January 29th and will last for three weeks.

As well as many outdoor training sessions planned for the summer the following fixtures have also been confirmed:

  • Thur, July 14th – North Leinster v South Leinster – Rush CC
  • Thur, July 28th – South Leinster v North Leinster – TBC
  • Monday – Wednesday, July 18th – 20th – Training camp – Phoenix CC
  • Monday, August 8th – Leinster v North East Wales at Pembroke CC
  • Tue/Wed, Aug 9th/10th – Leinster v NCU, North West v’s Leinster
  • Friday, August 12th – Leinster v North East Wales at Anglesey Aluminium CC, Holyhead

The Hills U11's

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All the best for 2016

The Hills Cricket Club management group would like to wish all our Committee’s,Members,Sponsors and Friends of The Hills Cricket Club all the best for 2016!
It will be a fantastic year for our club going forward and with the people within ,doing the amazing work they do……it will be an exciting time for all concerned!
To you and yours Happy New Year!

FYI: We are also pleased to announce today that Max Sorensen will be signing with The Hills Cricket Club again in 2016!
We would like to wish Max all the best on his International duties this season also!


Home is where the heart is

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Home is where the heart is.

Written by Ian Callender for Sunday Life.


CIYMS are on the look-out for another Irish-qualified player after Ireland international Max Sorensen told them “home is where the heart is”.

The 30-year-old South African-born all-rounder signed a three-year contract with the Belmont club in October but, four months before the start of the new season, he has changed his mind and decided to stay at The Hills, his only club since moving to Ireland in 2008.

“I can’t really commit to it,” Sorensen told me yesterday. “After thinking about it long and hard, it was going to be tough. The Hills is my club, I’m with my mates every week and playing for CIYMS just didn’t feel right.

Halfway through the season it could have become tough with all the travelling. The money was the only attraction when I signed, so I told CI my heart wouldn’t be totally in it.

“The Hills have done a lot for me over the last eight years, I have an extremely strong tie and loyalty to them. That’s the way I feel, I enjoy playing for them, they are a great club. It’s hard for me to leave, so don’t think I’ll be leaving now.

“Home is where the heart is and I’m happiest when I’m playing at The Hills

“CIYMS are obviously disappointed but I’m grateful that things have ended on a good note.”
Revealingly, Sorensen also said he was given no encouragement that he would be welcomed into the Northern Knights squad if he had moved.

“I spoke to Kyle McCallan (chairman of selectors) before I had confirmed the move telling him I would be keen to play for the Knights but he said he didn’t want ‘blow-ins’, staying for a year and then going, so that was another factor in my decision not to move.”

Sorensen’s first target is to get a regular place in the Ireland team – he played in only six of the 30 internationals last year – starting this month in Australia when Ireland resume their Intercontinental Cup campaign against Papua New Guinea and then make the World Twenty20 squad that plays in India in March.



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