Radford Cricket getting ready for big summer

The Radford First XI after a win in the 2018/19 season.

The Radford First XI after a win in the 2018/19 season.

First XI - (standing) Flynn Kelly, Ben Matesic, Tom Rushmer, Grace Kuchlmayr, Dylan Fernando, Jonty Probyn, Vivek Banka, Darcy Macdonald, Matthew Jaggers, (kneeling) Lachlan Reid, Jay Macdonald

Radford Cricket is gearing up for a big summer season and the prospect of an Australian Ashes Series win in England is inspiring players, coaches and parents alike.

Technical Director Darryle Macdonald, who represented the ACT in both cricket and hockey, has been steadily building Radford's cricket program in recent seasons.

"We've lifted the professionalism of our coaching. Each of our Division 1 teams will have two coaches appointed, ensuring more individual attention to player development. This, alongside individual or paired coaching sessions being offered before or during school hours, will ensure many of our players receive the time to invest in furthering their skills and understanding of the game.

We have many students, both girls and boys, currently training in Cricket ACT representative or emerging programs, which is a terrific reflection of the energy and talent within the present cohort. Radford wishes to provide all of our players with an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience alongside their peers in the environment of our national summer sport."

With summer sport registrations closing on Friday, Radford parent and cricket fanatic Greg Boorer is urging interested parents to make sure their son or daughter is signed up.

"I know some parents think cricket matches take a long time. Games are actually pretty short and many take place on Friday nights which is a wonderful social way for parents to finish the week before heading off to the coast or whatever else the family wants to do on the weekend. We're a close-knit community and we're ready to welcome new families with open arms, especially those families of students who haven't played cricket before," Greg said.

Notable Radford cricketing alumni include David Dawson (pictured batting) and Ryan Carters (pictured above at the 2017 Awards Night).

David Dawson played for Canberra Comets, Tasmania & NSW.

Ryan Carters was JA Mackinnon Dux of 2008, College Captain and Sportsman of the Year in his final year at Radford. He played cricket for the Australian Schoolboys side and went on to play for Canberra Comets, Victoria & NSW, as well as a Cricket Australia XI, when he partnered with Aaron Finch in 2015 for the highest opening partnership in first-class cricket. During his eight years as a highly successful professional cricketer, Ryan was conscious of global humanitarian issues, and these increasingly became his focus. In 2013 he co-founded Batting for Change, a charity that currently supports the education of over 1500 women in Mumbai, Kathmandu, Sri Lanka and Kenya. In 2016, he worked with the Khan Academy in the United States, an education organization providing free, high-quality online education to anyone, anywhere who has access to the internet. He was a speaker at the 2016 Dirrum Festival (this year's festival is at UC on 17 August) and also Guest Speaker at the 2017 Awards Night.

Darryle Macdonald says: "I think Ryan is a great example of someone who sought personal excellence in cricket while at Radford, and then used his success to benefit others. Cricket is that kind of sport and the life lessons it teaches go well beyond the boundary."

A pre-season tour to Sydney is scheduled for our Under 14 team (2-4 October), where Radford will play multiple matches in the lead up to the Canberra season and gain vital match practice and touring experience. Some of Radford's teams will also be entered in the annual Kookaburra Cup (T20 tournament) hosted by Cricket ACT, from 9-11 October in Canberra.

Those interested in learning more about Radford's cricket program, can email Darryle.Macdonald@radford.act.edu.au

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