Merry Christmas

Christmas Messages from Taita Cricket (Dave Gillespie and Mark Houghton)

I would like to wish all members a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016. Enjoy your time with family and friends and return to the cricket field or the balcony supporting our teams refreshed in January. 

I would like to congratulate all players for their efforts during the first half of the season, with 3 two day teams, 6 T20 teams and 2 junior teams the club is in good heart. 

It has been a challenging first half of the season for our Premier's with the one day campaign not going to plan, 3 wins from 10 games have left us in 7th spot and only an outside chance of making the top six. We need to beat Onslow with a bonus point on the first game back post-Christmas on the 9th of January at home and trust that both Upper Hutt and University beat Karori and Hutt Districts respectively. But "The Fat Lady has not sung yet" 

This team certainly has talent, despite the loss of a number of experienced players and they all know they are good enough to bounce back. 

One thing all supporters can do to assist our rebound is to come down to the park on Saturday afternoons and support the team. I remember when I was playing we got great support from the past players, this certainly lifted the team. I would be great if former players and supporters were able to replicate the support we got in the 1980's and 90's and help our premier team bounce back. 

We may end up playing in the Hazlett Trophy for the first time since 1998, but with your support we can make this a once only situation. 

Let's all get down to FRASER PARK ON THE 9TH OF JANUARY and watch the PREMS take down Onslow 

In closing I would like to thank our six Sponsors and Partners for their on-going support. A huge thanks to Al from Petone Radiators, Kevin from Kevin Dee Realty, Nicole from Petone Physio, Trevor from Maidstone Sports, Lizzie from KooGa and Stefan from the Station Village. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 

Dave Gillespie

As captain of the Taita Premier side, I would like to apologise to club members and supporters for the performance of our top side so far this year. 

For a club that is known for its tenacity and heart on the field, the premier side has failed to live up to those important terms. Results and performances have at times been unacceptable.

A number of our players have been given a rude awakening into the level of commitment and preparation needed to perform at the premier level. 

These issues have been addressed, and I'm certain that post-Christmas our results will improve. 

Your support is always much appreciated.


Mark Houghton