Helena Valley Cricket Club back at the crease on home turf after Boya Hub construction


James Kinsella is hoping to increase membership at Helena Valley Cricket Club.
James Kinsella is hoping to increase membership at Helena Valley Cricket Club.

HELENA Valley Cricket Club is getting back on its feet after two seasons away from its home ground at Boya Oval during the construction of the Boya Hub.

Club president James Kinsella said it was good to be home for the new cricket season.

“It’s been a difficult past few years for the club in retaining members and remaining financially viable,” he said.

“We have trained at Clayton View Primary School, North Swan Oval and Maida Vale Reserve during that time and played home games at Clayton View and Parkerville Oval, which Mundaring Shire provided to us free of charge during construction (of Boya Hub).

“Luckily for us our players have been very loyal and stuck with the club through this disruptive period, which is allowing us to quickly get back on our feet this season.”

Mr Kinsella hoped the upgrades would attract new members to the club.

“After a few weeks at the start of pre-season where Boya nets weren’t ready, we are now back at home training and playing at Boya Oval which is great for us,” he said.

“We have an improved playing surface and new training nets which are of high quality, so things have improved in that respect.

“The club will also be able to use the new hall for functions like our windup which will be great.”

Mr Kinsella said the future of the club looked strong.

“We have been playing since 1985 and are fielding two men’s teams this season, looking to make it three next year,” he said.

“We had 10 new players join and some old players return after a big drive in pre-season supported by Mundaring Community Bank, so things are really looking good.

“We are interested in bringing juniors back to the club and with more families moving into Helena Valley now is the time to expand the club.”

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