CLUB SPOTLIGHT | Yandina Cricket Club

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT | Yandina Cricket Club

Yandina Cricket Club

Graeme Brill is the President of Yandina Cricket Club, a position he has held for the last four years.

Tell us a bit about your club.

Yandina Cricket Club was established in 1904 – we’ll be celebrating our 120th birthday next year. Our highest-ranked team is in Division 2, and then we also have a team in divisions 3 and 5. We share an U17 side with Cooroy and an U15 side with Nambour, then we have two U13s teams and a couple of Master Blasters teams.

What are you most proud of about the club?

Number one is our beautiful grounds. We have a groundsman working around 20 hours a week, and the committee also looks after them and keeps everything running smoothly. As with most clubs, our committee is made up of dedicated volunteers who want to see the club thrive.

Secondly, about five years ago, the Sunshine Coast Cricket Association brought in a Spirit of Cricket Award. This is voted on by umpires. We’ve won two out of five of these – the inaugural one, and last season’s award. It goes to show the calibre of both our players and our club overall.

What is your main goal for the season?

We are always striving to grow our numbers, but the main goal is to ensure everyone is having fun. We’ve increased our numbers by about a dozen across all levels this season – some have come to us from different clubs, and others are returning to the sport after taking a break.

New members generally find us through word of mouth, and are sold as soon as they see our beautiful grounds – we’ve got great facilities, and this is our second season in our new clubhouse, which has been fantastic. 

What makes your club different?

One of the best things is that we have two wickets right in front of the clubhouse, meaning that you can watch two games at once from a nice spot in the shade.

Another is that we lease the space year-round, meaning that we don’t share our grounds with other sports such as soccer, AFL or rugby league. During the off-season, the Sunshine Coast’s veteran cricket team of over 50s trains there as well.

What does it mean to you to be involved with the club?

It’s an honour to be a small part of the club’s rich history. I take a lot of pride in my position at the club – I even left NSW to be here – and I always want to make sure that everyone has a good wicket. 

Last year, we were involved with the inaugural Over 60s World Cup, which saw teams from 14 countries play 2 games each day for 7 days. It was a big hit, and the players were really appreciative of the way our volunteers stepped up and helped out – nearly a dozen of us were there every day, making lunches and ensuring everything was organised. I was really proud to be a part of the event, and of everyone’s efforts across the board.

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