Bunbury’s Hay Park Cricket Club have won the Toyota Regional
Club of the Year award after a strong 2014-15 season on and off the field.
Hay Park President Steven Florance was presented with the
award recently by WACA South West Regional Cricket Officer Orazio Santalucia,
where Toyota donates $500 to the winning club.
The Bunbury-based club had 19 teams across junior and senior
formats in the 2014-15 season, with a strong link between both programmes. The
club’s First Grade side won the Bunbury and District Cricket Association Grand
Final over Collie late last month.
Hay Park emerged from the merger of two long-standing clubs,
South Bunbury and Bunbury Cricket Clubs, to achieve continued growth in both
junior and senior participants and continual success on and off the field.
The club, known as the Redbacks, has also worked closely
with the local Indigenous population, with players selected into the Western
Australian Indigenous XI for Country Week and the Imparja Cup.
Hay Park has enjoyed a partnership for Indigenous Programs
such as the South-West Aboriginal Girls "Howzat” Cricket Program and Clontarf Aboriginal Academy Cricket
Program by providing coaches, support and management.
Given the demographic the club is located the club has
implemented various initiatives to ensure a continual junior base is attracted
and engaged effectively into partnership for the development and implementation
of programs for junior, female and Indigenous participants.
Hay Park was successful in having over 16 Association
Representative Players and four South West Regional Players selected during the
2014-15 season demonstrating a continued holistic approach to development of
junior players both within the club and the region.
Hay Park has also through the recruitment and retention of
players been fortunate enough have over
20 of our senior players selected to represent Bunbury District Cricket
Association in the WA Country Week carnival and the subsequent selection of two
of these to represent WA Country XI at the Australia National Country
Championships in January 2015 such as Ross Knoll and Jono Whitney.
The club is managed by an effective and long-standing
committee with direct focuses, structures and outcomes which underpins its
Hay Park self-funds and manages two high quality turf
facilities which are utilised by both the regional governing body and partners
including the Regional Association and Schools Competitions.
The club currently enjoys the financial support of over eight
local businesses and community organisations providing a sustainable revenue
stream and allows for the off-set of fees and uniforms to both senior and
junior members of the club.