Queensland Cricket Club

Ferny Districts Cricket Club








Ferny Fireballs 2014 Raffle

The drawing of the raffle took place as advertised at 11am on 15 March 2014 held at the Cover Point Kiosk at Ferny Sports Reserve, with three Committee members present.

The following are the prize winners and their ticket numbers drawn:

1st prize Limited edition Ashes 2013/2014 Sportzprint Ticket No 1480 held by Michelle Graham

2nd prize Autographed Queensland Bulls Bat Ticket No 1510 held by McLennan family

3rd prize Autographed Ferny Fireballs Sun Hat Ticket No 1550 held by Emily Smith

4th prize Queensland Cricket Trolley Esky Ticket No 1432 held by David Blee

5th prize Ice Kool Esky, courtesy BCF Keperra Ticket No 0193 held by Cabot family

6th prize $50 meat voucher, courtesy Dayboro Butchery Ticket No 0634 held by Katherine Hengst

7th prize $50 Bistro voucher, courtesy Ferny Grove Tavern Ticket No 1218 held by Russell Griffiths

Thank you to everyone who sold and bought tickets in this raffle. I am very pleased to announce that the raffle realized $2,932.50 in extra funds for the club- an outstanding result. All of this money is poured back into the club to provide improved facilities for our junior cricket players.


President's Welcome

To all Players, Parents, Guardians and Supporters

Welcome to the 2013/14 Season for another year of cricket at the Ferny Fireballs. This season will have plenty to excite the juniors as Australia embarks on another Ashes campaign in England and again in the Australian Summer. The club is excited at the prospect of Ashes inspired young cricketers signing up for the Ferny Fireballs. Age groups from U8 through to U17 are catered for to play in the Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association (BNJCA) draws across the north of Brisbane from October to March. This web page provides information on the Ferny Fireballs Cricket Club Inc. including how to join and what you can expect for the coming season.

FDCC has a successful AGM

The club has held its AGM on 31st July and has been able to confirm all committee roles for the 2013/14 season. While most committee positions see a return of last years position holders, the AGM has introduced several new general members and a new President. Yes, it is now confirmed that the Ferny Fireballs has a new club President in Andrew Middleton. Andrew will be known by many in the club due his long term and oustanding committment to the In2Cricket program. This program has introduced over a 1000 young children to the game of cricket, many of whom have gone on to play with the Ferny Fireballs. Andrew has devoted many years to the club and has held various other roles such as Treasurer, Warehouse Cricket Coordinator, and Vice President. Andrew is also closely involved as a volunteer with his son's team. The club congratulates Andrew on his new and most significant role yet with the club.

Where's Gary? With Andrew's elevation to President, Gary Somerville has taken on the Treasurer's role and will be heavily involved in the various grant applications to fund a wish list of projects for the club in the coming years. Keep an eye on the News page as things develop. Gary is also heavily involved at the District level being a member of the management committee for BNJCA and is the organsizer of the Anstey-LaFrantz competition for U14s as well as coaching BNJCA representative teams. So another big thank you to Gary for his previous work as President and continuing work with the committee.

This year the club says farewell to Wayne Smith as the Grounds Coordinator. Again Wayne has contributed many years to the club's committee and has helped ensure the fields are kept primed for many seasons. Thank you to Wayne for your contribution to the club. You can refer to the club contacts page to see the make-up of our current committee. Every year we are looking for new parents/carers to join in and contribute to the running of the club, so a big thank you goes to those new volunteers who have joined as general committee members.  

Committee meetings are held each month during the summer season (excluding Dec/Jan) and club members are welcome to attend. Simply contact the club secretary for details.

New Website

On reading this you have discovered Ferny Fireballs new website now hosted by Queensland Cricket. Keep an eye on the pages as material will be constantly reviewed and further developed as a valuable information source for club members and supporters. This season we will be seeking newsletter type entries from coaches via email to add to our new page "Round by Round Team News". The new website sees the discontinuing of coaches and managers logins as material will be freely available on new pages such as Coaches and Managers, Policies and Rules, and Team Information. Games abstracts for U8-U12 will continue to be emailed to the club statistician.

Please scroll down and peruse the available information and note that some pages are still under development.


Having held the AGM, the club is now gearing up for the registrations. A club-wide email will be sent out via the email addresses available from last year via Mycricket for login details and allowing re-registering of players. Further information on registrations including sign on days and fees is available below. To assist new parents and players, information on the various forms of cricket and the subtle differences between various age groups has been provided at In2Cricket, Friday Night Super6s, Saturday morning cricket and Senior warehouse cricket. If you have any questions regarding the season ahead, the web pages should provide the answers. If not, do not hesitate to contact a club respresentative via the club contacts.

Otherwise, welcome back to the Ferny Fireballs and all the best for the new season. 

Regards..The Fireballs Committee  


Registration Goes Online
All officially registered junior and senior cricketers are loaded into Cricket Australia’s MyCricket.com.au website, regardless of what club you play for. For most junior cricketers, this is primarily done for Insurance purposes, however the site offers many other features as well.

Last season, FDCC processed all of its registrations via MyCricket, in addition to having a few ‘paper’ registrations as well. This season, we will be going ‘paperless’ and only using the MyCicket on-line facilities to process player registrations and payments. 
How to Register at MyCricket
All Ferny players from last season will receive an email from the MyCricket website during August, advising you of your Participant ID and a reset password. Existing Players must have this information to complete the registration process.

If you do not get this email (and you definitely were registered last season) it is likely that your email address is different or has not been entered to our system. Anyone in this situation should email the Registrar, stating your child’s name, date of birth, and the best email address for you. He will then update your child’s MyCricket record, and resend this email to you.

To Register Players, click Mycricket Online Registration.
1. Existing Participants enter their Participant ID and Password (see below for obtaining this)
2. Brand new players to cricket should select ‘Get Started’ in the New Participants box.

If you do not know your Participant ID, or you are not sure whether your child has one, use the ‘Search’ option at the top of the MyCricket homepage. You can choose the 'Advanced Search' to choose ‘Player’ as the option, and be careful, as you will likely find several players of the same or similar name. Check and make sure it is your child. The Participant ID will appear directly to the left of their name in this list.

If you find a Participant ID for your child, email the Registrar with the name and Participant ID. The Registrar will then adjust the MyCricket records and generate a new password for you. If you do not, following the link above and register as a New Player.
Paying Your Registration Fees
Our preferred method of payment is Direct Deposit via our Bank Account
- Westpac; BSB: 034 002; Acc: 762485
- Please ensure you quote the player name or Player ID as Reference.                            

In MyCricket, you will be given the option to pay Online, via Creditcard. 

While on-line payment is preferred, FDCC can process payments made by Cheque if required. Make cheques payable to ‘Ferny Districts Cricket Club’, and either posted to PO Box 639, Ferny Hills Q 4055.

If necessary, cash payments can be made at the Kiosk during opening times (Saturdays 7:30-12:30 am during the season).  

Please note that there is no EFTPOS facility at the clubhouse, so debit or credit card payments cannot be processed at the kiosk.         

**NEW Fees for the 2013/14 season are now confirmed**.  The FDCC fee structure for the 2013/14 season is available here  An increase has been required to cover the additional costs the club is now incurring for the online payments system through Mycricket and the public liability insurance premium which was previously covered by Queensland Cricket.

Ferny  participates in the State Government's "Get in the game-Get started"  funding program to help kids participate. This program assists children and young people who can least afford or may otherwise benefit from joining a sport of recreation club. You may be eligible for a $150 voucher per child/young person to put towards their registration. Refer to the Fact Sheet. Further Information is available at  www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/getinthegame .

Playing Ages for Juniors

Refer to the dates below to determine the applicable age group for a junior player. Also refer the the FDCC team selection policy which may be applied to arrive at final team players lists.

U8  DOB 1 September 2005 to 31 August 2007

U9  DOB 1 September 2004 to 31 August 2005

U10  DOB 1 September 2003 to 31 August 2004

U11  DOB 1 September 2002 to 31 August 2003

U12  DOB 1 September 2001 to 31 August 2002

U13  DOB 1 September 2000 to 31 August 2001

U14  DOB 1 September 1999 to 31 August 2000

Open Divs 1,2 & 3 DOB 1 September 1996 to 31 August 1999                         

Sign-On Days


  1. Saturday 17th August – 10.00am to midday – Ferny Reserve, Tramway St, Ferny Grove
  2. Sunday 25th August – 10.00am to midday – Ferny Reserve, Tramway St, Ferny Grove
  3. Another opportunity is available on Saturday 31st August at the Ferny Grove Festival from Midday at the Ferny Grove State School..

Even if you do complete your registration online, please come and visit us on Sign-On days to:
• Discuss anything about your club or competitions one to one with one of our committee.
• Process a Cash or Cheque only payment (sorry, no EFTPOS option at Clubhouse).
• Size up and purchase Ferny playing shirts, hats and caps.

Fireballs Teams Day

Sunday 15th September – starts at 9.30am

It is important that all players and parents attend at 9.30am on this day. This will be where the teams will be first published, and any discrepancies with the team allocation process are identified and finalised. Teams will also nominate their coaches and managers on this day, and nominate their training day preference. This part of the day normally takes about an hour. A team kit bag and gear is also provided to the coach on this day.

At around 10.30am, we will have some fun style short format games for all the grades with Geoff operating his mobile kiosk and the BBQ fired up for some snags. Depending on the age group and numbers, most of these games will wrap up between 1 and 2pm

**NEW POSTING** 2013 Scoring and Rules School

Once again, Ferny's enduring Statistician and Kiosk Manager, Geoff Cowles and once again hosting a Scorers and Rules School to assist junior coaches, managers and parents to get a grasp of the particular age groups game format and rules. These sessions also provide cover the scoring process, such a critical pat of the game of cricket. Parents should note that getting this right throughout the season makes for a more enjoyable season and reduces the chances of players missing out on vital statistics which are relied upon for encouragement awards at the end of the season.

These sessions are age group- specific and held at Geoff's home each evening during the week after the school holidays and before the first game. BNJCA published RULE BOOKS are also made available to coaches and managers at these sessions.

Sessions are as follows:

Monday 7th October 7:30- around 9-9:30 pm U8 (Sat mornings and Super6s)

Tuesday 8th October 7:30- around 9-9:30 pm U9 (Sat mornings and Super6s) & U10

Wednesday 9th October 7:30- around 9-9:30 pm U11 & U12

Thursday 10th October 7:30- around 9-9:30 pm U13 to OPENs

LOCATION: 16 Kanturk Street, Ferny Grove, Ph 3351 4991, statistician@fernyfireballs.org.au


Season Dates

1st Half Season – Saturday 12 Oct to Saturday 7 December inclusive (9 weeks)
2nd Half Season – Saturday 01 Feb to Saturday 22 March inclusive (8 weeks)
U/8 and U/9 Super 6s is played on Friday nights.

Refer to the BNJCA web site for these dates and game schedule for the season under "Game Dates". Here you will find the season structure for each age group as 1 and 2 day games.

BNJCA Competition Changes

The Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association have retained the changes made last year to the Under 15 / 16 / 17 age group structure for this year. The U/17 Divisional competition (incorporating all U/15, U/16 and U/17s) offerred last season will be continued. Clubs now will nominate graded teams to play in either Division 1, Division 2, or Division 3. This should mean a more even playing field for our older players, which should make for greater participation and enjoyment for all.

The other key change continuing from last season is that all draws and competitions in all age groups will be split into separate competitions for both the first (pre-Christmas) and second (post-Christmas) half of the season. This means that we will no longer have many of the half/full season issues that have occurred in the past. It will also give our club more flexibility to accommodate players who sign on during the year or are only playing one half of the season.

Note that U14s will be playing on Saturday afternoons for the first half season (pre-Christmas). This changes has been forced due to the lack of cricket fields available to accommodate all games on Saturday mornings. It is expected that the U14 competition will return the Saturday morning in the second half season (post-Christmas).                                

Super 6s is back again after the success of the last 2 seasons, with U/8s, U/9s and now U10s being offered on Friday nights. Our club will again be nominating teams to play under the lights at Albany Creek. This was a real winner last year with both players and parents, so I think this will be even more popular this season.

 Go to www.bnjca.org.au for BNJCA information on-

 - Game dates and Playing ages

- Access to electronic copy of the publication "eAllrounder" for club and team contacts for the coming season 

- Draws for each age group. Note: All team coaches and managers should monitor this during the season as grounds can become unavailable causing amendments to the draws- don't get caught out!

- Rules book covering the various age groups. Note that rules vary between different age groups where participation is the main aim at the younger age groups (U8-U10) through to competition rules for U13 and above.

- Representative team competitions and supporting information.                           

Officials and Volunteers Rebate

This year the club will continue with the offer for a registration fee rebate to our most active volunteers. The rebate will be $40 per volunteer. We recognise this is a fraction of their worth, however we wanted to say thank you to those that actively give up their time for our club and our teams.

 This rebate will be finalised and distributed at the conclusion of the first half of the season (early December). This process will therefore operate completely separate to registration payments so all registration fees are to be paid in full. Coaches (1 per team), Managers (1 per team) and Club Committee members will be eligible.                            

Coaches and Managers Night

A successfull coaches and managers night was held on Wednesday 18th September at the Ferny Bowls Club. Thank you to those returning for another season and to the new volunteers who have put their hand up to help their team and the club. There was a very good turn-out with just about all coaches and managers showing up.

A few valuable tips were provided as follows.

PARTICIPATION: The primary objective for the club and its teams is 'active participation'. The focus is to build the junior players skills and to have fun, and less on the score or result in the earlier age groups. Up until U10 age groups, everyone will get equal time batting and bowling regardless of their level of ability, and everyone will be considered an equal member of the team.

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Every player is expected to wear the protective equipment provided when playing to avoid injury and maximise their enjoyment. This includes: when batting both pads, a box, both gloves, and a helmet. The wicket-keeper must wear a helmet when standing 'up to the stumps'.

PROTECTIVE BOX: It is recommended that parents purchase a box (about $10) for their child's own personal use when batting. To assist in wearing these players can wear two pairs of underpants to training and games, or buy purpose made underpants for fitting the box. These are available from cricket gear retailers. This ensures the box stays in place.

SUN PROTECTIONPlease ensure that your child has sunscreen applied before the Saturday morning games. The broad brimmed sun-hat with Ferny logo is available from the kiosk during the season.

UNIFORMS: On match day, players are encouraged to wear the clubs long or short sleeved shirt, long white pants, club hat or cap, and sneakers (preferably white).

UMPIRING: Umpires for each match will be drawn from the parents, coaches, managers of both teams. When the ferny team is fielding, the coach generally umpires. This particularly helps in the younger age-groups to help control where players stand in the field. A second umpire is provided by the opposing team. When Ferny is batting, typically the coach coordinates the batting order on the sideline providing an opportunity for another parent (who knows the rules) to umpire.

RULES: There are specific rules for the various age groups. Rules are imposed to ensure even participation in younger age groups and more significant rules such as LBW and 'out when you're out" are introduced from U11. Anyone who wants to umpire and/or score will need to know these rules. Refer to information above on the Scoring and Rules Schools offered by Ferny's Statistician in the week leading up to the first game.

KIT BAG: The club provides a full kit bag complete with practice balls, protective equipment, stumps and bats. Thus, players don't need to bring their own stuff ( although purchasing a box is recommended) but they are most welcome to use their own gear in training / matches. Please make sure players gear is clearly named if they bring their own. The club will replace any damaged kit gear and Ian Lewis is currently the Clubs Equipment Coordinator and can be contacted (see club committee contact page) regarding any equipment issue.

BLUE CARDS: The Coach, Manager and Scorers are advised to obtain a Blue Card. Generally it is not required if you child is in the team, but having one covers team contact when your child is not present. If you haven't got one already then application forms can be obtained from the Cover-Point Kiosk (Contact Blue Card Coordinator Geoff Cowles) or you can do it on-line from the following: http://www.ccypcg.qld.gov.au/bluecard/index.html .


One of the main issues raised is that it is important to share all the duties surrounding the game. The more active the parent group in this regard, the more enjoyable the season and game-time will be.

Team Manager: Generally ensure contact is regularly made with parents advising of game locations and other issues (e.g. team photo days, ARANA Sports raffle day).

Coaching Assistants: Each week there is only 1- 1.5 hours to coach the team of up to 13 players. To get the most out of this, coaches need to pre-plan the session and arrange for a number of skill development drills and activities. It is best to avoid relying on playing a game for the full session because players often miss out on contact with the ball and spend much of their time fielding. This reduces the effectiveness for many where contact with the ball should be maximised- catching, bowling, hitting, throwing. This is best achieved by breaking into small groups. Having assistance from other parents to run these groups and/or help maintain focus will result is more productive sessions regardless of the age group.

Kit Bag Coordinator during game time: Role is to keep the kit together on match day so it doesn't get spread all over the place and gear not being there when needed. Also helps to ensure the next batter is "padded up" and ready to go.

Umpire: Generally left to the coach, but parents can assist during batting.

Scorer: This is a very important role. It is recommended that anyone who wants to score should attend "Geoff's Scoring School", to be held in week of 7-11th October leading up to the first game. It helps if scorers bring their own pencils, eraser, calculator, and chair. Sometimes shade structures aren't available at grounds and the team should look to provide a portable shelter for the scorers. They need to be looked after!

Player of the Match Awards - After each match, a player can be awarded a voucher for a free item from the canteen for a nominated accomplishment (e.g., took a catch, batted well, etc). In keeping with the values of the club it is recommended that these be shared around.

Match Report: A weekly "match highlights" can be provided to the registrar by email for the web site. Email to registrar@fernyfireballs.org.au