The students who are part of the Haileybury Cricket Program today are following in the footsteps of some illustrious company. Fast bowler James Pattinson and left-arm orthodox spinner Jon Holland have both worn the ‘baggy green’ and they also played cricket for Haileybury.
James and Jon have both represented Australia and their home state of Victoria—but before that they were showing off their talents on the pitches at Haileybury.
For generations, the Haileybury Cricket Program has had a knack for spotting talent and developing it further. Among the current crop of potential stars is Year 10 student Zac Grech, who has been picked for the 2021/2022 Vic Metro Under-17 squad. He was also recently announced in the Cricket Australia Indoor Cricket 21 and Under Men’s summer training squad.
The Girls Cricket Program is also scoring runs with Katherine Dekel (Year 10) being selected for the 2021/2022 Vic Metro Under-16 squad.
“Three years ago, we had 18 players and next season we will have 45 players across four teams —it’s amazing how quickly we’ve grown,” says Girls Cricket Coach Cameron Davidson. .
“The Girls Senior Team remains undefeated for the third consecutive year which is a huge achievement. There are many girls whose cricketing ability transcends Haileybury who have been playing in Premier competitions for many years. I encourage all our cricketers to keep working hard and enjoying cricket. It’s a tremendously frustrating game—but one that rewards hard work and determination.”
The Boys Cricket Program continues to produce players who take handling a bat and ball to a whole new level. Year 12 students Reiley Mark and Raheel Bostan were named in the 2021/2022 Vic Country Under-19 squad, along with Shobit Singh. Shobit graduated from Haileybury in 2020 and was 2019/2020 Haileybury First XI Cricket Captain.
“There were over 240 boys who played cricket for Haileybury in the 2020/2021 season. These are phenomenal numbers and it is so pleasing to see young people passionate about the sport and representing their school,” says Boys Cricket Coach Brent Ritchie.
“There are many moving parts to Haileybury Cricket but what makes it such a special community to be a part of is the fact that many quality people work together to create the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences possible.”