GOOD things come in fours for Ocean Reef’s Riccardi family, particularly at the Joondalup Districts Cricket Club.
A quartet of Riccardi siblings represent the Centurions through the junior and senior ranks.
Jake (16), Joel (14), Jye (12) and Jamie (13) are taking Joondalup by storm this season, with no other club in the WACA’s district competitions boasting as many brothers.
Joondalup president Martin Hicks believes it is a great landmark for the club, with a history of family ties key to moving the club forward.
“We definitely consider ourselves a family club,” Hicks said.
“We want to have a culture where people want to have their sons play for us. We try to bring that into the junior framework.
“There is a strong history of family at the club, with the Morgan brothers representing the A-Grade side.
“It shows the club is getting something right with the culture.”
Jake is the oldest of the children, with the young star representing the Western Australian Under-17s this season, in a huge boost for talent at Joondalup.
“The family has been involved for a number of years, with Jake now representing our third-grade side,” Hicks says.
“He has been here since he was 13 and to have his other three brothers playing across the junior grades is unique.
“It is a bit hectic for mum and dad taking all boys to the matches, but they enjoy it.”
Hicks’ hope is that all the Riccardi brothers represent the club in the senior grades, with the boys paving the way for more success at the club.
“Jake is playing colts and third grade, having a great season so far,” Hicks explained.
“We have high expectations and it would be great to see another set of brothers evolving into senior cricket.
“Jake went away with the 17s and is certainly on the radar of the WACA.
“That’s our ethos; we want to produce state cricketers that are extremely respectful of the game.”