Representative Cricket and Development Pathways

2018_19 sees a new direction for Queensland Cricket Talent & Pathways journey, by adopting the Australian Cricket Pathway Framework, it embraces males and females of all ages and of all abilities through a pathway focused on learning and skill development.

The newly adopted framework and funding structure provides a clearer and more affordable pathway for talented and dedicated cricketers, aged 12-18 years, to realise their potential and to work through representative levels towards Queensland Teams like FootDR Queensland Bulls, Monica Minolta Queensland Fire, Brisbane Heat and WBBL Heat…possibly don the baggy green on the world stage.

Wilston Norths & Northern Districts, through best practice Player & Coach Development Policies, would like nothing better than to facilitate the transition our cricketers from Juniors to Premiers and onto  State & National Representative Teams.

Developing talent in partnership with valued stakeholders


Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket partner with the following Stakeholders to deliver competitions across the state for talented youth cricketers:

  • Queensland School Sport
  • Queensland Junior Cricket (Junior Clubs)
  • Queensland Premier Cricket .

Queensland School Sport

Queensland School Sport convenes championships at 10-12 years and Under 15 age groups for males and females. Players at these championships are eligible to represent Queensland in Cricket Australia endorsed School Sport Australia national championships.

Regional School Sport teams are selected to attend championships. Selection occurs after a series of trials. Details for the trial dates for your region can be found at Coaches and Regional Sport Officers work closely with Queensland Cricket Talent Officers on identification and selection.

Queensland Junior Cricket

Queensland junior cricket is comprised of 12 regions. The regions are responsible for competitions and fixturing of club and community cricket.

The Under 14 male age group provides the opportunity for the 12 regions to compete annually in a state-wide championship.

Regional coaching directors manage the teams and work closely with Queensland Cricket Talent and Coach Development Officers on their programs and selections.

For country regions the Bulls Masters have partnered to establish an Under 16 Country Challenge. These matches will guide selection for the Queensland Cricket Under 16 Rookie Challenge.

Premier Cricket Clubs

Premier Cricket Clubs provide representative opportunities from Under 16 onwards.

Players will be scouted from affiliate community clubs and invited to become a member of a club and compete in the Lord’s Taverners U16 competition. Queensland Cricket Talent staff closely monitor matches to guide selection for the Queensland U16 Rookie Challenge.

Premier Clubs are the pathway to the Queensland Bulls and all talented players are required to compete via the Premier Cricket competition to continue their progression.

Financial Support

The Australian Cricket Pathway is supported via strategic funding from Cricket Australia. The investment will see significant cost savings delivered across age groups and competitions. Queensland Cricket is committed to making cricket affordable and accessible, ensuring Cricket is a sport for all Queenslanders. Parents and participants of Representative Players are encouraged to seek further information from Queensland Cricket staff on specific championship arrangements and via the website.

Participants can also access support through the Queensland Government, Young Athletes Travel Subsidy. Please visit sports/funding/athletes/yats for further information.

Lord Taverners

The Lord Taverners program is about providing development opportunities to talented young cricketers from U14-U16 who we believe have a genuine chance of becoming a high performing Premier Grade Cricketer in the future. It is the ‘Pathway’ competition for aspiring U17 State and National representative teams.

The program is about transitioning talented youngsters from junior cricket to senior cricket. Lord Taverners’ players will train with senior players and have the opportunity to play senior cricket at Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club (NSDCC). The exposure for young cricketers to play with adults has long been regarded as a very important aspect of fast tracking development. Northern Suburbs encourage developing players to play for Wilston Norths juniors until they’re ready to transition to senior cricket as opportunities can be limited. Wilston Norths will consult with current club coaches to identify any players from U13 upwards who are ready to participate in the Lord Taverners program.

This 2017-18 Season there will be two (2) grades of Lord Taverners U16 teams representing Norths, playing on a Sunday in 50 over per side limited overs format in coloured clothing.

Lords Taverners’ players train with the senior teams on Tuesday and Thursday nights. It is proposed the only compulsory session for Lord Taverners training will be Friday afternoons from 4.30pm to 5.30 pm which will begin in August.

Darren Roy, Wilston Norths Club Coach, is the co-ordinator for The Lord Taverners Program. Players will be invited to trial in early August 2018.