Australia Day Sports Awards 2019

Lauren Banks and Steve Sillifant with their awards on Saturday.

THE New Norfolk Cricket Club has been named the Derwent Valley municipality’s Sports Group of the Year

The award was accepted by Steve Sillifant, vice captain of the New Norfolk Cricket Club 5th Grade team, at the local Australia Day celebration at the Derwent Esplanade in New Norfolk on Saturday.

Mayor Ben Shaw said the club offered the community a place to play cricket in the Derwent Valley at an affordable cost. “This club offers three senior men’s teams, two junior sides, and co-ordinates the Milo T20 Blast for the whole Derwent Valley,” Councillor Shaw said. “Last year, they added the first Derwent Valley women’s cricket team,” he said.

“This club is the first ever in the Derwent Valley to win a Division 1 premiership in the Southern Cricket Association – the largest cricket competition in Tasmania. On top of that, the club also won Division 7 T20 and Division 7 regular season premierships in 2017/18.

“The club prides itself on making cricket affordable for everyone in the Derwent Valley. Last season not only did they do this, but they also donated over $2000 to the charity Give Me 5 For Kids, and individuals in need,” Cr Shaw said. “Well done to the New Norfolk Cricket Club.”

The title of 2019 Derwent Valley Junior Sportsperson of the Year went to Lauren Banks, a local student and accomplished lawn bowler who won  Tasmanian Junior Lawn Bowls Singles and the Southern Tasmanian Lawn Bowls Singles.

Presenting the award on Saturday, Cr Shaw said Miss Banks had also won the Southern Junior Pairs Championship and was the Tasmanian representative for the “Champion of Champions” event.

“In addition to this, [she] has gained entry into the Tasmanian Holebrook open side, played for Tasmania in the Tasmanian open side, won the New Norfolk Ladies Club Singles, plays in the Premier division in Southern Tasmania and won the gold medal for Tasmania in the national pairs competition – the first time Tassie has won this in 14 years.”

Miss Banks, 17, will complete Year 12 at Guilford Young College this year.

No award was made in the category of Derwent Valley Sportsperson of the Year.

Congratulations Lauren, and the New Norfolk Cricket Club.

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