CLUB SPOTLIGHT | CABOOLTURE CRICKET CLUB

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT | CABOOLTURE CRICKET CLUB

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT | CABOOLTURE CRICKET CLUB

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The Snakes of Caboolture Sports Cricket Club

Steve Adams is the president of Caboolture Sports Cricket Club, based in Morayfield, right at the gateway of the Sunshine Coast. Its tenacious team of Snakes have slithered their way into the hearts of the Moreton Bay community.

Tell us a bit about your club.

The club was established back in 1923, meaning we’ll be celebrating its 100th birthday in June next year. It started out as Caboolture Cricket Club, but joined forces with 5 other sports clubs in 1997, which has helped us become a true hub for all things sport in the region.

We have 4 men’s teams, 2 women’s teams, 9 junior teams and about 25 master blasters. We also run programs for our under 11s that teach them the fundamentals of cricket, led by our head coach, Terry Oliver. This program gives the kids an introduction to the sport and helps them identify their skills and areas for improvement, from bowling to fielding and everything in between. We’ve been running it for about 5 years and it’s proven to be incredibly popular amongst our community.

What are you most proud of?

The development of our cricket-only facility has been one of our greatest achievements. Since 1991, we shared the grounds with the Caboolture Football Club, meaning that we were both dealing with constant interruptions to our games and plans. Then 5 or 6 years ago, they transferred their operations to a new complex, and Moreton Bay Council looked after us so we could become a cricket-only precinct. We now have two ovals that we split between our teams.

What has been your main goal over the last 12 months?

Our main goal has been to increase our numbers, primarily in the junior teams and women’s teams.

We managed to achieve both of those goals over the last 12 months by expanding our presence on social media, and word-of-mouth recommendations also increased. Terry’s professional coaching was the icing on the cake – every grade gets hands-on coaching from him, with one team each week benefiting from his experience and expertise.

Terry works closely with our coaches as well. We have a coaching program within the club, which ensures we’re all collaborating and working towards a common goal. We focus on keeping things consistent across the club to help players develop their skills and move seamlessly between the grades.

What sets you apart from other clubs?

We built our beautiful indoor facility 2 years ago, meaning that we can have 5 teams at a time playing indoors – rain, hail or shine. It’s fully air-conditioned, too, which always helps.

We’re also a peripheral club – we’re right on the boundary, the team that’s furthest south in the Sunshine Coast competition. Long term, we want to be the next Brisbane-grade club. We want to be able to provide the kids who want to go to the next level with the opportunities they need.

What’s your involvement been with the club?

I’ve been a part of the club for 33 years now. There’s a great sense of pride in the growth we’ve achieved and the hard work that our committee has put in. There’ve only been a few changes to our committee over a 16- year period, which just goes to show how dedicated everyone is to being a Snake.

What are your future plans for the club?

Our hope is that in the next 2-3 years, the main oval will be fully lit so we can play night matches – that’s the top priority. The second priority is probably going to happen closer to 2027-28, and that’s redeveloping the second oval with a fence around the grounds. Then of course, we want to continue to grow. Cricket’s a growing sport – and we’ve gotta keep up with it.

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