Christmas Holidays are on the way, and things are about to get very busy for Wairarapa’s various JCB representative sides. Commencing the week of 14 December, Wairarapa will be sending its U/17 Boys, U/15 Boys and U/15 Girls to their respective Central Districts tournaments in Napier, Levin and Palmerston North. WCA Development Manager, Simon Roseingrave, notes that whilst hopes are not high for overall tournament victories, there can be some confidence in the talent within each of the squads. Utilising this ability and putting in some hard work should enable some positive results and help to push certain Wairarapa players into the minds of Central Districts age-group selectors.

Roseingrave is himself involved in coaching the U/15 Girls side and is certain that a core of experienced girls (for some this will be their third U/15 tournament) will see this team competitive in most matches. He also believes that there are 3 to 4 Girls who could easily push for Central District selection, and will be disappointed if Wairarapa do not form some basis of the team. The Girls begin their tournament on Day 1 with T20 matches against both Taranaki and Hawkes Bay.

The U/15 Boys team is a more inexperienced squad, and will be hoping that their build-up can only be improved upon at tournament, both in terms of results and the weather. So far this season this team has had the majority of practices rained off, and two difficult away losses to strong opposition in Wanganui and Hawkes Bay. The tournament starts off with a match against host-district, Horowhenua-Kapiti.

U/17s Coach Mark Childs has a squad with some real talent including current senior Wairarapa representatives Drew MacDonald and Kelsey Fahey, plus a few other boys who will not be far off that level in future years. The U/17 side has not really had a build-up to speak of, barring the majority playing premier club cricket for either school 1st XI’s or senior club sides. Despite this lack of match practice as a unit, the Boys will be ready to go, with their first match being a one-dayer versus a strong Manawatu outfit.

Post-Christmas things don’t slow down. Wairarapa will have a further 5 representative or development sides off to various tournaments. Wairarapa Development Gold (Year 8 Boys) get things started by attending their Hawkes Bay Cricket Camp from 6 to 9 January 2016. They will be closely followed to Hawkes Bay by both the Wairarapa Development Green team (Year 7 Boys) on 17 to 20 January, and, the new for this season, Wairarapa Development Blue squad (Year 6 Boys) from 20 to 23 January. In addition to this, the Wairarapa Secondary School Girls Representative side (another new team for this season) will attend the Wanganui National Girls Festival from 12-15 January, and the Wairarapa U/13 Girls will be winging their way to Christchurch for the Canterbury Girls Development Tournament on 21-24 January.

There won’t be much room to breathe for some parents, who will have children off in two to three different directions. Having so many teams going to so many tournaments reflects the numbers playing the game within the district, and the amount of children who were keen to trial for teams. This year those trialling doubled or even tripled in number. Roseingrave notes that for the WCA, the outcomes aren’t al about winning games “We are hoping for some positive results, but more importantly that the team members enjoy themselves, represent their province in the correct manner, and increase their love of the game of cricket”.

Wairarapa Under 17 Boys: Miller Paton-Masters, Jack Forrester, Kelsey Fahey, Anthony Sprowson, Drew MacDonald, Cole Freeman, Nick Ariell, Quinn Childs, Ethan Childs, Quincy Stephens, Jeremy Osborne, Harry McKay. Coach: Mark Childs Manager: Brian James

Wairarapa Under 15 Boys: Wynter McCook-Weir (Captain), John McKenzie (Vice-Captain), Jonty Ariell, Josh Matthews, Josh Nelson, Jack Oldroyd, Jake McIntyre, Jacob Osborne, Oliver Donaldson, Hugo Wakeling, Thomas Ralls, Zac Te Maro. Coach: John Oldroyd Manager: Julia Oldroyd

Wairarapa U/15 Girls: Olivia Roseingrave (Captain), Kate Sims (Vice-Captain), Caitlin Elliott, Meghan Matthews, Gemma Sims, Hattie Vincent, Olivia Clark, Olivia Horsburgh, Kayarna Jones-Dennes, Tahlia Jones-Dennes, Elizabeth Cohr, Ella Southey. Coach: Simon Roseingrave

Wairarapa Development Gold: Gus Borren, Isaac Noble, Oscar Southey, Ralph McLeod, Craig Pankhurst, Caleb Burling, Jesse McIntyre, Michael Caldwell, George Tanner, Joe Quinn, Hunter Wyeth, Pierre Jacobs.Coach: Mark Brown Manager: Pete Noble

Wairarapa Development Green: Jake Jonas, Sam Loder, Charlie Oldroyd, Charlie Sims, Charlie Oliver, Tim Osborne, Jamie McLeod, Mark Steventon, Jack Lovell, George Parke, Willie Matthews, Thomas Williams. Coach: Chris Osborne Manager: Dave Parke

Wairarapa Development Blue: Andrew Taylor (Captain), Oliver Vincent, William Vincent, William Cole, Flynn Register, Samuel Payne, Jordan Robinson, Jack Sorrell, Charlie Heard, Louis Oliver, Sam Jonas, Tyler Robinson. Coach: Brent Register

Wairarapa Secondary School Girls: Annabel McKenzie (Captain), Billie Rahwiti, Annissa Greenlees, Brittney McGruddy, Gemma Sims, Georgia Atkinson, Olivia Roseingrave, Tahlia Jones-Dennes, Caitlin Elliott, Meghan Matthews, Sinead Barrell, Hattie Vincent, Kate Sims (not available for tournament). Coach: Simon Roseingrave Manager: Melissa Hansen

Wairarapa U/13 Girls: Elizabeth Cohr, Ella Southey, Ocean Bartlett, Jessica Roseingrave, Eva Wootton, Emma McLeod, Olivia Clark, Olivia Horsbrugh, Kayarna Jones-Dennes, Macy Lyford, Hannah Sorrell, Grace Tanner. Coach: Tony Lyford Manager: Honor Clark / Regan Combe