The University of Tasmania Cricket Club (UTas) is truly a club for all, fielding teams in Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Girls and Junior Boys divisions, as well as running successful Junior and Master Blaster programs.
The Club has showed great initiative by engaging with schools in the local area, including running cricket sessions in schools and getting club information in newsletters. The Club sent multiple volunteers to girls’ sessions at Collegiate Junior Schools in Term 1, as well as provided volunteers for the Term 4 Hurricanes Community Blitz, which included Princess Street Primary, Mount Nelson Primary, Waimea Heights Primary and Albuera Street Primary.
The Club also ran Junior Blaster programs in both Term 4 and Term 1. UTas, for the first time, eclipsed 50 Master Blaster participants for the season, and also held their own ‘hub’ for the program at University Oval, led by volunteer Jak Gunson. The Club put on a barbeque for every session, and at the end of the season, Jak had formed a process of allocating players who were ready to move from Master Blaster onto Stage 1 cricket in the Hurricanes Junior League, putting an emphasis on being able to bowl within the batsman's reach with a straight arm.
The Club fielded 11 teams in the Hurricanes Junior League (HJL), with the HJL coaches well-supported by Junior Coordinator, Mel Stevenson. There were several coaches who completed their Community Coaching Course throughout the season, as well as accessing the coaching resources available. UTas made it to the T20 Semi Finals and ODI Grand Final of the Under 15s Cricket Tasmania Premier League (CTPL) T20 Premiership, while one of their two U13s HJL teams shared the trophy after a tie in their Grand Final.
UTas’s female program was well supported by Director of Coaching, Ben Harrison, and Senior Development and Skills Coach, Kristen Beams. Despite not having a CTPL 1st Grade Women’s team this season, the Club provided great resources for female players, and fielded an Under 15 Girls’ team and a Women’s 2nd Grade team, which won the T20 Premiership.
At a Senior level in the Premier League, the Club made finals in every grade while providing an inclusive environment for all participants. The Lions capped off the CTPL season with an emphatic win in the Men’s 1st Grade Grand Final at Blundstone Arena, taking out the title for the first time in 12 years.