Representative cricket and development pathways

The pathway for player development in Queensland progresses from junior club cricket and inter-school cricket; through to district trials, clinics and games; followed by regional representative cricket. This includes intrastate carnivals for U12, U15 and Open, and intra-state championships for U12, U13, U14 and U15. Queensland Cricket has emerging player squads in U13, U14 and U15, and has teams and squads at U17, U19 and U23 (Colts) levels.

From the U11 age group there a variety of development pathways through BNJCA and Qld Cricket that Wilston Norths actively promotes and participate in.  See ‘Player Pathway’ link on the BNJCA website, including detailed information on BNJCA’s Representative Cricket processes and policies are available at the ‘Rep Team Info’ link.

U11 to U16 Regional and Representative Cricket

  • U10 – U12 Girls and Boys State Championship coordinated by Qld Cricket. See Qld Cricket Pathways information.
  • U11 – Every January Wilston Norths enters an U11 Team in the Ian Healy Cup. The team is picked via club nomination and a limited trial.
  • U12 – Often the first opportunity for representative selection is at U12 in the U12 Ian Healy Development Carnival.  Wilston Norths seeks nominations from U11 coaches and conducts intra-club trials in November and January. The Club then invites players to attend the BNJCA preliminary trials in February. Selected players then proceed to the BNJCA final trails in October.
  • U13 to U16  – BNJCA select a representative team for each age to compete in the annual Age State Cricket Championships held across varying regional venues, usually in December.  Trials for U13, U14 and U15 occur in October. Players selected by BNJCA in the previous year are automatically nominated, and clubs are invited to nominate new players worthy of consideration.
  • The Age State Cricket Championships are coordinated by Queensland Junior Cricket and include the State’s twelve (12) cricket regions: BNJCA, BEARS, Metropolitan South West, Gold Coast, South East Queensland, Darling Downs South West Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay, Central Queensland, Mackay Whitsunday, North Queensland and Far North Queensland.
  • U16 – Representative teams, such as the Qld Cricket U16 Male Rookie Challenge are selected from players of a Premier Grade cricket club (including Norths) who are playing in Lord’s Taverners or Grade Cricket.
  • U18 –  Qld Cricket for the 2017/18 will select 4 teams to play in the U18 Female Rookie Challenge, where players get to showcase their skills in front of Queensland Cricket’s State Selection Panel, Talent Officers, and U18 Coaching Staff.
  • Metro North East Academy – The Academy Program is an official part of the Queensland Cricket Pathway, which is fully funded by Queensland Cricket. The academy aims to extend and stretch the development of players in a holistic approach. The program includes skills, game awareness, psychology, strength and conditioning, nutrition, preparation, load monitoring, goal setting and self-evaluations.

Lord Taverners

The Lord Taverners program is about providing development opportunities to talented young cricketers from U13-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. Norths 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.

Club President Paul Keller is the co-ordinator for The Lord Taverners Program. Players will be invited to trial in early August 2017.