The last photo of the old gum tree at Waitara Oval (Circa 2005)
"We are all about promoting the right way to play the game, displaying the ND's fighting spirit and encouraging community involvement. We are about building strong relations with all our stakeholders... local junior cricket associations and schools, our sponsors, all our members (past and present) and all the friends and family of the Northern District Cricket Club.
Our goals are simple: To provide specialist coaching, good facilities, fair selection policies and an enjoyable environment to ensure that every player has the opportunity to reach their potential, perform at that level and achieve higher honours."
Northern District Cricket Club (NDCC) has an outstanding reputation and history going back to the 1925/26 season and has a long history of providing a supportive development pathway for junior players through to grade cricket ... and beyond. The scenic Mark Taylor Oval (formerly Waitara Oval) has been the home ground of since the club's establishment in 1925. The Club Logo is that of a mighty blue gum tree that stood for many decades immediately beside the ground and all NDCC teams proudly wear the 'tag' of ND's.
The success of the Club in developing many players to play and succeed at the highest level of the game has produced an Australian Captain in Mark Taylor and a Chief Executive of Australian Cricket in the late Tim Caldwell. Former Australian team manager: Steve Bernard, also played with the club and other recent test players include Peter Taylor, Adam Gilchrist, Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon.
NDCC is recognized historically as one of the Sydney Cricket Association's (SCA) leading Grade Cricket Clubs where talented players (local and country, male and female) gain the opportunity to play cricket at a very high level against the most talented players and clubs in the SCA. Close ties with the Hornsby Shire Council have seen facilities developed to first class standards, with both Mark Taylor (formerly Waitara) and Asquith Ovals consistently amongst the highest rating grounds.
HONESTYWe are committed to being open and honest with our teammates and other Club members.
We treat others with respect and good will.
We are leaders – on the field, in our local cricket community, in Sydney Grade cricket and in our contributions to NSW and Australian cricket.
We believe in the potential of our players and are committed to providing an environment that attracts, motivates and recognizes excellence.We take pride in everything we do, doing each job right and continuously improving how we play the game.
We believe that we will succeed as individuals because we succeed as a team. Every individual makes important contributions, but we are nowhere near as powerful as individuals as we are as a team working together. We will meet our commitments to our team members and other stakeholders in the Club. We will celebrate our successes giving recognition where it's due and recognise where we need to improve and work together for solutions.
INTEGRITYAbove all, we are committed to integrity in all that we do, always, everywhere.• Following the highest ethical standard• Following the spirit and letter of the laws of cricket• Doing what we say, we'll do
CURRENT CLUB STRUCTURE
MEN'S: 5 Grade sides; Poidevin Gray U/21 side; AW Green Shield U/16 side.
The Club Committee (16 members) is devoted to proactive and sound management/administration of the club. Its members comprise successful businessmen, solicitors and current and former players. In addition, there is a Women's Sub-committee in operation to look after matters specific to the women's competition and development.
NDs are proud to have highly regarded Manager, Cricket Operations in Matthew Johnson and experienced professional cricket coach, Tim McMahon as the Club Coach. Matthew and Tim are well supported in their roles by a number of well qualified assistant coaches.
The Club is fortunate to have dedicated scorers for many grades. Our current men's 1st Grade Scorer (Robyn Sanday) now scores at state and national level.
CLUB VICE-PRESIDENTS AND LIFE MEMBERS
The Club recognises the dozens of former players and administrators that have supported and still do support the Club, either financially or by giving their time as a volunteer. A number of "Club Legends" have been elected as Life Members for services to the club over many years.