Craig Shield Trial Dates 2018/19

J.G Craig Shield (ex R.M Hatch) Under 15 Competition

Craig Shield Back to Back Premiers

Craig Shield Back to Back Premiers


The Ormond Cricket Club would like to extend an invitation to any under 15 cricket players to attend our series of selection trials for the J. G. Craig Competition (formerly the R.M. Hatch Competition). 

Each year the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association (VSDCA) runs the J.G. Craig Competition for Under 15 cricket players. It is recognised as the premier Under 15 cricket competition in Victoria and is conducted in January each year. Games are played on the professionally prepared turf wickets of the 28 Sub-District Cricket Clubs around Melbourne and to be eligible to play in the 2019 competition, players must be under 15 years of age as at the 1st September, 2017.
The competition was known as the R M Hatch Competition for more than 50 years but in 2014/15 it was re-named the J G Craig Competition after Ormond and VSDCA legend, John Craig. John scored more than 7,000 runs in the VSDCA and was part of 6 premierships at Ormond. As such, the club has a special connection with the competition and we have enjoyed considerable success in the competition over recent years having won back to back premierships in 20i6/17 and 2017/18. We also won in 2007/08, were runners up in 2008/09 and semi-finalists in 2005/2006, 2006/2007 and 2013/14. The club was also a quarter-finalist in 2010/2011.
We have historically fielded a team that is a combination of the best current Ormond junior under 15 players together with juniors from other metropolitan clubs in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne plus country Victoria.
The Ormond J. G. Craig Representative Team is coached by experienced senior player, Michael Cove and selection trials are on the following dates:
  • Friday September 28 at Cricket HQ – 51-53 Levanswell Rd, Moorabbin – 10am – 12pm
  • Sunday October 7 – Bailey Park – 10am -12pm – Gardeners Rd East Bentleigh behind GESAC
  • Sunday October 14 – Cricket HQ – 10am – 12pm – 51-53 Levanswell Rd, Moorabbin
  • Sunday October 28 – Bailey Park – 10am – 12pm – Gardeners Rd East Bentleigh behind GESAC

The objective of these selection trials is to:

  • Select a Competitive Squad of 13 Players
  • Provide Quality, Supportive Coaching from Suitably Qualified Coaches
  • To give the players an opportunity to play on quality turf wickets.
The squad of 13 players will be finalised after the trial process and we have several practice matches planned for December before the tournament starts in January 2019. Please note that players who are selected must ensure they are available for all matches listed below including finals.
We welcome all eligible young cricketers to attend our selection trials and the final squad will be selected on ability not age.

Training Attire & Equipment

  •     Preferably your local club playing or training shirt
  •      Navy or black shorts or club shorts
  •      Rubber-soled cricket shoes
  •      Hat (club hat or white cricket hat – no other hat is allowed).
  •      Drink bottle (full)
  •      Cricket equipment (bat, pads, gloves, etc)

 J.G. Craig Shield – 2018/19 Ormond Match Schedule

Round Day Date                       Match
1 Tuesday January 8th Ormond v Oakleigh
2 Wednesday January 9th Elsternwick v Ormond
3 Thursday January 10th Ormond v Caulfield
4 Sunday January 13th Brighton v Ormond
5 Tuesday January 15th BYE
6 Wednesday January 16th Ormond v Moorabbin
7 Thursday January 17th Malvern v Ormond
Q/F Sunday January 20th
Final Sunday January 27th
Matches are 40 overs per team and games start at 10am and finish at 4.20pm with a 40 minute lunch break scheduled from 12.50pm. Ormond competes in the South Group against Brighton, Caulfield, Malvern, Moorabbin, Oakleigh and Elsternwick.  After the six preliminary rounds, the two top teams in the group progress to the quarter finals where they play against the top ranked teams of the North, East and West Groups.
The club offers excellent training and match day facilities with the final squad members receiving a team playing shirt, shorts and cap. Players are to provide their own cricket gear, drink bottle and sunscreen. Transport to and from matches will be organised for the players and we are conscious of the disruption to family holidays. Our objective is to give every player in the final squad a “fair go”, however, we will not pursue this objective to the detriment of the more talented players.


All batsmen and wicket-keepers must wear helmets both in practice and in matches. In addition, fielding restrictions apply with no fieldsmen (other than those in the slips cordon) fielding within 11 yards of the batsmen.
For further information regarding our J G Craig team please contact the Team Manager:
Pat Camm
Ormond Cricket Club
0418 342 700