Otumoetai Cadets COmmittee Members

Jono Boult

Jono Boult

Grant Manners (Junior Club Manager)   I joined Cadets in 1994 after moving to Tauranga from Rotorua and played through a very successful and dominant era for the club. I finished playing at the club in about 2003 to concentrate more on a young family and work, however I still had a few fill in appearances before playing regularly again about five years ago, playing both Reserve and B-Grade cricket.  My biggest highlight though was last year being presented with life membership.  I have a passion for junior and youth cricket in-particular and started the junior section of the club in the 2015-16 season. The Otumoetai Cadets Cricket committee have been very supportive of the juniors and they are now seen as an important part of Otumoetai Cadets Cricket Club. I have had the pleasure of playing with my eldest son for the club and I would love the club to become a place where others have the same opportunity as we build family loyalty to a club that provides an environment that people want to be a part of and keeps people involved in the wonderful game of cricket.  Last year there were a number of good parents around to support our junior teams and we are also very fortunate at Cadets to have the services of Sam Owen who is as good a coach as I have seen for junior cricketers and older players alike. With this in mind, I am very excited about the season ahead for our juniors and hope to see further improvements in our young players abilities and experiences at Otumoetai Cadets Cricket.

Grant Manners (Junior Club Manager)

I joined Cadets in 1994 after moving to Tauranga from Rotorua and played through a very successful and dominant era for the club. I finished playing at the club in about 2003 to concentrate more on a young family and work, however I still had a few fill in appearances before playing regularly again about five years ago, playing both Reserve and B-Grade cricket.

My biggest highlight though was last year being presented with life membership.

I have a passion for junior and youth cricket in-particular and started the junior section of the club in the 2015-16 season. The Otumoetai Cadets Cricket committee have been very supportive of the juniors and they are now seen as an important part of Otumoetai Cadets Cricket Club. I have had the pleasure of playing with my eldest son for the club and I would love the club to become a place where others have the same opportunity as we build family loyalty to a club that provides an environment that people want to be a part of and keeps people involved in the wonderful game of cricket.

Last year there were a number of good parents around to support our junior teams and we are also very fortunate at Cadets to have the services of Sam Owen who is as good a coach as I have seen for junior cricketers and older players alike. With this in mind, I am very excited about the season ahead for our juniors and hope to see further improvements in our young players abilities and experiences at Otumoetai Cadets Cricket.

Campbell Wilson (Club President)   In 1998 I asked a local sports shop which cricket club won the most and they told me Cadets. I was living in Otumoetai after moving up from Palmerston North so I went along to the club open day and joined up. My first impression was that everyone was extremely welcoming and more of a family than a club. That is still the case today.  I have been very fortunate to be part of Cadets and to play alongside some extremely talented cricketers and many great people. The club has been a huge part of my life and has given me the opportunity to play in some fantastic teams (and won a few trophies along the way). Also gave me the opportunity to play a season for our sister club in Worcester, England. I played mostly for our Premier Team as an opening bowler but more recently in our Reserve Grade side as specialist first slip.  Highlights for me have been winning 4 Williams Cups and the National Club Champs in 2004. Also very proud to have been captain of the Premier team in the late 2000's.  The club is now in a very strong position and the addition of the junior teams has brought a new dimension to Cadets. The committee has done fantastic work over the years and our recent upgrade of the clubrooms and new nets provide some of the best facilities in the Bay of Plenty.  I would like to welcome all new and prospective club members to Cadets and look forward to another great season ahead.

Campbell Wilson (Club President)

In 1998 I asked a local sports shop which cricket club won the most and they told me Cadets. I was living in Otumoetai after moving up from Palmerston North so I went along to the club open day and joined up. My first impression was that everyone was extremely welcoming and more of a family than a club. That is still the case today.

I have been very fortunate to be part of Cadets and to play alongside some extremely talented cricketers and many great people. The club has been a huge part of my life and has given me the opportunity to play in some fantastic teams (and won a few trophies along the way). Also gave me the opportunity to play a season for our sister club in Worcester, England. I played mostly for our Premier Team as an opening bowler but more recently in our Reserve Grade side as specialist first slip.

Highlights for me have been winning 4 Williams Cups and the National Club Champs in 2004. Also very proud to have been captain of the Premier team in the late 2000's.

The club is now in a very strong position and the addition of the junior teams has brought a new dimension to Cadets. The committee has done fantastic work over the years and our recent upgrade of the clubrooms and new nets provide some of the best facilities in the Bay of Plenty.

I would like to welcome all new and prospective club members to Cadets and look forward to another great season ahead.

 
James Birchall

James Birchall

Ben Jensen (Club Treasurer)   I first played for Cadets in season of 2007/2008 after leaving Tauranga Boys College at aged 18. I made my Premier debut that season, and managed to play most games for the Premier side that season. Having never played Premier Cricket before, and to be thrown into a side with so many Cadets legends it was something I will always look back fondly on.  Over the years I have earned my Baggy Cap (over 100 games for Cadets) and have chalked up a few more since. I have played about half my games at Premier Level and half for our Reserve grade side. My playing highlights include representing Cadets at the National Club Championships, reaching a Williams Cup Final and playing alongside quite a few guys who have gone on to first class cricket. The best part about playing however is the mates you make along the way.  This will be my seventh season at Treasurer for Cadets. Whilst I have played only on and off during these seasons, I enjoy still being part of the club and giving back. It gives me pride to look back and see what we have accomplished as a club over the past few years, particularly when I look at the upgrades we have made to our facilities and also the introduction of junior cricket to the club. We also are getting the results on the paddock too. I hope we can continue on this upward trend.

Ben Jensen (Club Treasurer)

I first played for Cadets in season of 2007/2008 after leaving Tauranga Boys College at aged 18. I made my Premier debut that season, and managed to play most games for the Premier side that season. Having never played Premier Cricket before, and to be thrown into a side with so many Cadets legends it was something I will always look back fondly on.

Over the years I have earned my Baggy Cap (over 100 games for Cadets) and have chalked up a few more since. I have played about half my games at Premier Level and half for our Reserve grade side. My playing highlights include representing Cadets at the National Club Championships, reaching a Williams Cup Final and playing alongside quite a few guys who have gone on to first class cricket. The best part about playing however is the mates you make along the way.

This will be my seventh season at Treasurer for Cadets. Whilst I have played only on and off during these seasons, I enjoy still being part of the club and giving back. It gives me pride to look back and see what we have accomplished as a club over the past few years, particularly when I look at the upgrades we have made to our facilities and also the introduction of junior cricket to the club. We also are getting the results on the paddock too. I hope we can continue on this upward trend.

Cameron Dunn (Reserve Grade Captain)   I am very passionate about cricket and have played since I was five, missing very few games ( as my cricket widow can attest to ) as I love the game.  Rick Spratt was my neighbor and Sean Lett was a bouncer at Harringtons, so Cadets was the only club for me to join back in 1992 upon leaving Tauranga Boys College. I had a great time playing for the club in what was a very productive period with a strong club on and off the field.  I emigrated to Australia in 2000 and resided there for 16 years. Whilst in Australia, I managed to play cricket all year round and captained numerous sides successfully in the Sydney and NSW Central Coast region until 2016 when I returned with my family to New Zealand whereupon we re-established ourselves in Tauranga.  After my first season back playing for Cadets, I had the honor of captaining a resurgent Reserve Grade side in the 2017/18 season and will lead the team again in the 2018/19 season where we are going to challenge again for top honors.  It is great to be back at the club and see the culture of Cadets has been retained and grown over the years. Personally, it is satisfying to be able to contribute something back to the club in my role as Captain and on the Committee.  Looking forward to the season ahead and welcome to any new players!

Cameron Dunn (Reserve Grade Captain)

I am very passionate about cricket and have played since I was five, missing very few games ( as my cricket widow can attest to ) as I love the game.

Rick Spratt was my neighbor and Sean Lett was a bouncer at Harringtons, so Cadets was the only club for me to join back in 1992 upon leaving Tauranga Boys College. I had a great time playing for the club in what was a very productive period with a strong club on and off the field.

I emigrated to Australia in 2000 and resided there for 16 years. Whilst in Australia, I managed to play cricket all year round and captained numerous sides successfully in the Sydney and NSW Central Coast region until 2016 when I returned with my family to New Zealand whereupon we re-established ourselves in Tauranga.

After my first season back playing for Cadets, I had the honor of captaining a resurgent Reserve Grade side in the 2017/18 season and will lead the team again in the 2018/19 season where we are going to challenge again for top honors.

It is great to be back at the club and see the culture of Cadets has been retained and grown over the years. Personally, it is satisfying to be able to contribute something back to the club in my role as Captain and on the Committee.

Looking forward to the season ahead and welcome to any new players!