Queenstown club 'pretty proud' to receive award

Otago award winners at the New Zealand Cricket Awards in Auckland (from left) James Carr, Daniel...
Otago award winners at the New Zealand Cricket Awards in Auckland (from left) James Carr, Daniel Gibbons, Ben Lockrose, Emma Campbell and Otago Cricket CEO Mike Coggan. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Three years of work has culminated in the Queenstown Cricket Club receiving national recognition.

It won club of the year at Wednesday night's New Zealand Cricket Awards in Auckland.

Thrilled to be presented with the glass trophy, the club has been building for several years and was "chuffed" to get the recognition.

"We were pretty proud because it's been three years of structuring our club, putting some pathways in place and growing and building," club manager Emma Campbell said.

"So it's been a work in progress, but pretty stoked to be recognised."

Campbell said the club had put a strong emphasis on connecting with its local schools and creating pathways through the grades over the past three years.

That had resulted in the sport flourishing, with teams now in every grade.

Th club has three senior teams, 10 junior teams, six senior men's twenty20 teams and 36 six-a-side senior social teams.

An all-girls hard-ball team was now in place, with those players having come through from the soft-ball grades, in which more girls were getting involved.

It was not just in numbers that it was strong though as it has expereienced plenty of success.

The senior team had won its Central Otago-wide competition, while in the reserve grade the club's two teams contested the final.

On top of that it was getting more junior players into representative teams.

Campbell said it was a combination of those things that allowed the club to take home the prize.

"I think it was mainly based on our growth and we're in a position where we've had other clubs approach us with how we run things.

But I think the base of that is our growth.

"We do cater now for all cricketers and I guess the success of our players as well."

The big challenge for the club now was to improve its facilities.

More turf wickets were on the wish list, as was a clubrooms, as the club currently bases itself out of the Queenstown Events Centre.

The club was not the only Otago success at the awards night.

Neil Wagner won the Winsor Cup in the first class awards, Otago Boys' High School's Ben Lockrose was a joint winner of the young cricketer of the year award, while Southland's James Carr was cricket development officer of the year.

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