The cricket programme at St Paul’s Collegiate School provides a challenging and enjoyable environment where all players are able to develop a love for the game. Boys with a particular love and aptitude for cricket are identified in Year 9 and 10 and given individual or small-group coaching with a specialist coach.
Cricket is played in Terms One and Four. We usually field up to seven boys’ teams in the Hamilton Cricket and Waikato Valley competitions with the boys’ teams playing on Saturdays and mid-week.
Students train on St Paul’s cricket grounds and two indoor cricket nets equipped with bowling machines for training during the winter months. Students also have access to three quality grass wickets, one artificial wicket and five well-maintained outdoor nets.
We encourage all our students to get involved in sports at St Paul’s. While many of our teams enjoy considerable success at both regional and national levels, and our sportspeople often compete for the very highest honours, we value the participation of every student and will always strive to find a team to suit their abilities.
St Paul’s cricket teams take part in national and regional events throughout the season, including:
- Northern Districts Gillette Cup
- Waikato 1st XI T20 Cup
- Waikato Valley senior men’s T20 competition
- Waikato secondary school competition
- Inter-school fixtures against St Kentigern’s, Lindisfarne College, King’s College and Wanganui Collegiate
- Sports exchanges with South Africa, Australia and schools in the North Island.
A sports levy applies to this sport. Qualifying and national tournament fees and travel and accommodation costs are disbursed to students' accounts accordingly.
St Paul’s Collegiate has a long, proud cricketing history and, on the oak shaded ovals, boasts some of the best pitches in the country. The First XI has a tradition of success at both regional and national level, having made The Gillette Cup, in 1999, 2001, 2004 and back in 2014.
New Zealand Representatives: A.D.G. Roberts, D.L. Vettori
New Zealand Age Groups: D.L. Vettori, T.T. Davies, N.P. Fitzgerald, G.R. Bell, M.J. Fisher
First Class: A.D.G. Roberts, N.A. Lloyd, D.F. Potter, D.J. Tidmarsh, N. Parlane, D.L. Vettori, T.T. Davies
- Northern Districts: Matthew Fisher (2017)
- New Zealand U19 World Cup XI selection and New Zealand U18: Matthew Fisher (2017)
- 1st XI came 2nd in the Mike Cotter Cup (2016)
- Waikato valley men’s' selection: Matthew Fisher (2017)
Supporters of St Paul’s Collegiate Cricket
- 1st XI – Mark Bailey, Daniel Harper (assistant)
- Master in Charge of Cricket/Development XI – Michael Rameka
- Technical Advisor – Hugh Barton
- 3rd XI – Carl Neethling, Colin Lewis
- Colts – Paul Hodder, Brad Emsile
- Junior A XI – Norm Austin, Ainsley Robson (manager)
- Groundsman – Ian Boyle, Mitchell Bailey (assistant)
Lodge Real Estate 1st XI Coach – Mark Bailey
Mark made his international debut at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the first and only Games to feature cricket. His selection, as cover for the injured Chris Cairns, was reward for an outstanding summer batting at No.3 for the State Northern Knights. Mark had scored the most runs in the inaugural Shell Conference competition, averaged 61 in the Shell Trophy and 24 in the Shell Cup. Mark played only one match at the games but was included in the squad to travel to Bangladesh for the inaugural ICC knockout tournament.
Lodge Real Estate 1st XI Assistant Coach/High Performance Coach – Daniel Harper
Daniel is a physical education teacher who has New Zealand Cricket’s prestigious level 2 coaching qualification. Having coached a number of teams, he enjoys what impact a positive team culture can have on an athlete. He believes this is the primary reason why St Paul’s has achieved great success over a number of tournaments.
High Performance Coordinator – Paul Hodder
Paul has vast experience in playing and coaching at all levels of the game, representing New Zealand at both cricket and rugby while still at school. Upon leaving school, Paul represented Waikato NPC before leaving for the UK to play for more than 10 years of premier club rugby. Returning to New Zealand in 2001, Paul worked as a rugby development officer for five years with Waikato Rugby after which he was appointed as the high performance manager with the same union. Professional coaching attached Paul to a four year stint in Japan with Kamaishi Seawaves followed by a year coaching St Peter’s Cambridge 1st XV. Paul is currently the Chiefs U18 Resource Coach and NZ U20 Selector.
Master in Charge of Cricket/Development XI Coach – Michael Rameka
Michael has New Zealand Cricket’s prestigious level 2 coaching qualification. He has 10 years of cricket coaching experience at all levels, from beginners to provincial players. Michael has held numerous coaching positions at regional and club level, ranging from assistant positions on the Horowhenua Kapiti Men’s team, to coaching junior boys teams.
Technical Advisor – Hugh Barton
Hugh’s first stint at cricket coaching at St Paul’s was from 1997 to 2002, when he was both the school’s technical coach and 1st XI coach. With a major highlight being Hugh’s significant influence in enabling the 1st XI team to qualify for the Gillette Cup finals in both 1998 and 2002. In 2007, he re-joined St Paul’s, having coached overseas at Scotch College (Adelaide), St Bede’s (East Sussex, United Kingdom) and Wanganui Collegiate (their 1st XI sides). Between 2007 and 2011, Hugh once again coached our St Paul’s 1st XI to impressive success in the local Waikato Secondary Schools’ competition and in traditional inter-school fixtures. Hugh continues to provide technical support to both up and coming and our school’s senior cricketers.
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Michiel Badenhorst
Michiel was employed by St Paul’s in 2014, to work one-on-one with students who show great potential as well as with the school’s flagship teams. Michiel finished his studies in musculoskeletal exercise and rehabilitation in 2005 after which he worked at Grey College Bloemfontein, South Africa, as sports conditioning coach and gym manager. During this time, he coached a number of students to a professional level including some of the Springbok’s younger members.