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Poloc's juniors


Poloc runs junior cricket teams at seven available age-group levels: Under 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18 and compete in West District Junior Cricket Union - as well as ECB and Cricket Scotland - competitions.  Under 10 players compete in "Kwik Cricket" competitions, the others hard-ball.  But competitive play is only one, small, aspect of Poloc's junior work and this page will tell you more about what's going on at the club for the 50 or so youngsters registered with it.


The club's coaching staff are all qualified and appropriately CRBS, Disclosure Scotland, PVG and/or Police checked, and the club is an enrolled body under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.  Poloc's Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy can be viewed online and is also available from our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer, Keith Young, whose contact details can be found below and on the Contact us page of the website.


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Junior news and match report  


Under 14s lose at Meikleriggs [posted 18/05/18] 

WDJCU_logo The Under 14s got their league underway at the third attempt this evening, travelling to Meikleriggs in deepest, darkest Paisley to take Ferguslie.  Batting first the 'Loc's youngsters lost just four wickets en route to posting 120.   Under the new WDJCU league rules [Ed: devised by Professors of Complication at the University of Complication, in Complicationville] three 'Loc batters also retired having faced twenty deliveries.  The scores-on-the-doors showed four 'Loc batters got to 20 [runs!]: Hasan, Abdullah, Samee and Moiz.

In their defence of 120 the 'Loc started brightly, grabbing an early wicket, however - and despite taking six wickets - they'd end up on the losing side thanks, in the main, to self-induced pain caused by bowling wides, and two good innings from Mahapatra and Esakhiel.  Defeat was confirmed in the seventeenth over, Mahapatra pushing the winning single square of point to secure the win points for his side.  Ubaid's figures were the standout ones, his two overs costing just 5 runs, Hasan's 2 for 12 also being worthy of mention.  The scorecard's online, as are stat's.


Under 12s get their season underway [posted 14/05/18] 

WDJCU_logo The Under 12 season got underway today with the visit of the East Kilbride|Weirs combined side.  After winning the toss, Abdullsubhan decided the 12s would bowl first.  Taking four wickets, the 'Loc youngsters then restricted their opponents to 102 for 4 [Ed': or at least it's thought this was the score given the sheer complexity of the new "pairs-but-not-really-pairs" format.  Then in their reply, needing 102 to win, [Ed': or more, but not sure how much more, if wickets fell!] the 12s ended up 78 for 6. 

And so, and please pay attention here, this resulted in a loss by 32 runs.  Nope, we don't know why either! Anyway, highlights on the night included a plethora of head-high beamers as the new 16-metre pitch was used for the first time, and a late finish given the requirement for overs with wides and no balls to see at least eight balls bowled.  More seriously it was good to see Aaitish make his competitive debut, good to see the sun shine and a good number of parents and families in attendance, and good to see the enjoyment that results from runs being scored and wickets taken! The scorecard's online, as are stat's.


:: IMPORTANT :: Changes to junior and senior practice and training session timings [posted 03/05/18]

Changes are being made to the club's practice nights and times.  From next week - the week beginning 7 May 2018 - practice nights will now be as follows:


  • Mondays: open senior net practice (6.30pm to 8.30pm);
  • Tuesdays: coach-led senior training (6.30pm to 8.30pm);
  • Thursdays: coach-led junior training, all age-groups (Under 12s, 6.30pm to 7.30pm; and Under 14s and 16s, 6.30pm to 8pm); and
  • Fridays: open senior net practice (6.30pm to 8.30pm).


The rationale behind the changes include: 

  1. Under 12 cricket matches are now on Monday evenings (whereas Under 11 matches were, historically, on Fridays);
  2. bringing together all junior practice on the same night will be helpful for parents who then only have to bring their children to practice on one evening, not two;
  3. having junior coaching and training on a night where there are no senior matches will help optimise coach numbers;
  4. starting all practices at 6.30pm allows additional time for parents/players to get to the ground after school/work/tea;
  5. moving to three dedicated time-slots for senior practice should assist accommodate the good numbers we have, and ensure players playing in Tuesday Midweek League matches can still practice at two dedicated times.

Junior matchdays are Mondays (Under 12s and 16s) and Fridays (Under 14s), and the ground itself will be being used most weeks on these weekdays, however there remains plenty room for net practice and fielding and fitness training at Shawholm.


Match cancelled/rescheduled [posted 03/05/18]

Unfortunately tomorrow's Under 14 League opener against Uddingston has been cancelled at Uddingston's request.  It has, however, been rescheduled for 10 August 2018. 


Under 15 ECB Cup [posted 22/04/18]

The club's Under 15s were drawn away to Carlton in the first round of the ECB Cup, and this fixture's been agreed for Sunday the 6th of May, with a provisional 10am start at Grange Loan.


Junior outdoor training [posted 22/04/18]

This week sees the start of outdoor junior training after a long winter indoors.  Monday night between 6pm and 7pm sees players aged 11 or younger (as at 1 September 2017) practice at Shawholm, before, on Wednesday, between 6.30pm and 8pm, players aged 12 to 15 will train. 


Under 15 Scottish Cup draw [posted 20/03/18]

Cricket Scotland released the draw for this season's Under 15 Scottish Cup this morning, the draw seeing the club draw away to Greenock CC in the first round.  The full draw is online, here.



WDJCU junior league fixtures, 2018 [posted 19/03/18] 

The WDJCU released the league fixtures for season 2018, and these can now be found online, in the Juniors sub-sections.


Junior cricket restructured [posted 13/01/18]


The WDJCU Committee has circulated details of the new junior league structure for 2018.  2018 will see Under 11 cricket played with a softer ball, in two formats.  A new Under 12 hardball league has been introduced.  The Under 13 and Under 18 leagues have both been disbanded, with the Under 14 and Under 16 leagues the remaining main leagues.  Only the Under 16 League is eleven-a-side, with nine-a-side being the format for the Under 14 League, and the Under 11 and Under 12 leagues both being eight-a-side.  A summary of the changes is online.


Success in the Indoor Super 8s [posted 30/12/17]


The Under 15s finished runners-up today in the Indoor Super 8s, winning one and losing one on their Finals Day.  However the Under 19s, pictured left, went one better and ran out winners of their age-group tournament.  Congratulations to them on their success!


Under 15 indoor Super 8s group stages [posted 28/12/17]

The Under 15s followed in the footsteps of the Under 19s, and qualified for the Finals Day of their indoor tournament today, three wins out of three saw them win the Group B qualifying group and see them through to Saturday afternoon's Finals Day where they'll face Clydesdale and the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined side.


Under 19 indoor Super 8s group stages [posted 27/12/17]

The Under 19s qualified for the Finals Day of their indoor tournament today, two wins from their three group stage matches proving enough to see them through to Saturday evening's finale where they'll face two Clydesdale sides.



Draw made for the Indoor Super 8s [posted 18/12/17]

The 'Loc Under 15s and 19s know who they'll be facing in this year's Indoor Super 8s tournament.  The Under 15s will take on Renfrew, the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined team and a Clydesdale II team on Thursday the 28th of December, their Group B matches starting at 3.15pm.  The Under 19s' group stage matches are the day before - on the Wednesday the 28th - and see them face Clydesdale II, Clydesdale III and a Ferguslie|Hillhead combined side, their Group B matches starting at 2pm.



Western Warriors winter squad selections [posted 09/11/17]

The Western Warriors have announced a number of winter training squads, and the club's well represented.  In the Under 14 squad James Cathcart, Hassaan Mehmood and Samee Mehmood have been selected. 


The Development squad sees Taimoor Ahmad, Ahmed-Raza Hanif, Amaan Ramzan and Uzzair Shah all included.  And the senior Warriors training squad features Ihtisham Malik, Abdul Sabri, Owais Shah, Jurie Snyman, Hamza Tahir and Craig Young.  Congratulations to all these players.



Archived junior match reports

You can read earlier, and prior season, junior match reports online in our archive too. 



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Junior membership


The coaching provided by the club for juniors is free-of-charge, and young people attending do not have to become club members unless they want to.  The club, however, welcomes new junior members.  The related application and consent forms can be downloaded for completion direct from the website.



Club-based junior coaching


"Open-to-all" coaching


Outdoor junior coaching

Under the umbrella of the "Community Coaching Initiative", this takes place on Thursday evenings at the club between late April and early September.  Under 12s (as at 1 September in the previous year) between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, with Under 14s and Under 16s between 6.30pm and 8pm.  Older players practice along with seniors.


The club's registered juniors number around 50 and are regularly updated as to what's going on for them at the club and encouraging them to get along to these outdoor practices.


As with senior practice, sessions, whenever practical, involve "nets" although teaching of the basics of the game is given a high priority. as such, genuine "beginners" are welcome along on any of the juniors evenings with children of both sexes, and as young as seven years old, taking part.  The use of "Kwik Cricket" facilitates safe play for even the youngest children.


Indoor junior coaching

After the end of the traditional summer playing season, coaching moves indoor with the facilities of Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall being utilised.  Indoor coaching sessions are advertised here on the website and are normally on weekends.


Junior coaching is co-ordinated by Junior Convenor Keith Young with the assistance of other registered coaches.  The club's overseas players/coaches also play a central role in junior coaching.


Interested parents and/or children can find out more about junior coaching by contacting Keith Young and/or the club directly. the club's contact details can be found on the Contact us section of the website, Keith Young can be contacted directly on 07802-951913, or by email.


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