The Valley Of Peace Cricket Club Inc.

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Quiz Night for the Valley of Peace Cricket Club 2022

Valley of Peace Cricket Club Quiz Night – POSTPONED

New date – Monday 27th June 2022

 

    • 7.00pm for a 7.15pm start, or come earlier and have a meal
    • O’Shea’s Public House, 124 Marshland Road, Shirley (click for web link)
    • It’s not a cricket quiz or a sports quiz … it’s just a normal general knowledge pub quiz
    • Supper will be provided
    • Lots of good prizes
    • Raffle draws
    • Teams of 4 … but if you don’t have a team, just come along and we’ll find a team for you – no problem!
    • $15.00 per person (pay cash or use the VoP EFTPOS machine).

 

So it’s the more the merrier! Bring your neighbour, your wife, your neighbour’s wife, girlfriend, flatmate or cousin. We just want to see people supporting the cricket club!

And if you are kindly able to provide a prize for the raffle and/or quiz, please contact Scott Cartwright or Phil Smith.

Valley of Peace annual family Christmas picnic, 19th Dec 2021

The annual Club member family Christmas picnic is to be held on Sunday 19th December at the Valley ground. All members and their families are welcome; the more the merrier!

Start time to be announced closer to the day. Come back here for further details.

There will be plenty of kids’ activities and prizes. We’ll get the water slide going and we’re pretty sure Santa will be there too.

BYO everything (that’s half the fun!).

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have kids to bring … come along and catch up with friends and see what’s been happening at the Club.

Come and see our museum and curation work first-hand.

Valley Family Christmas Picnic Day, the Smith Family

Valley of Peace Fundraiser Quiz Night washup, 8th Mar 2021

A good night was had by all at O’Shea’s Public House on Marshlands Road for the Valley of Peace Cricket Club’s Fundraiser Quiz Night. There were 11 teams in play with 2 raffle rounds and plenty of prizes … and not just for those in the know! The Club benefitted by $1,100, so a big thank you goes out to those who attended, including members who brought family and friends along, and of course to our generous sponsors.

So, if you think you know your Panama Canal vs Suez Canal and your Madonna vs Cyndi Lauper then come along next year to support your club and have a few laughs. In the meantime please think about supporting our generous sponsors.

Quiz Night Sponsors

Thank you to all of:

 

Fundraiser team members around table

Tom Music and team

Bert Walker and team

Dave Hearn, Peter Smith and team

Jesse Tritschler & John Kerrison

Fundraiser players at pub

Jesse Tritschler & John Kerrison teams

Paul Dearsley & the Sydenham team

Stan Woolliscroft and team

The Tom Music team plotting

Phil Smith & team mate

John Kerrison, Cameron Pickering, Scott Cartwright

Quiz Night for Valley of Peace Cricket Club, 8th March 2021

Your club needs your help … and you can have a few laughs while you do it!

The Valley of Peace Cricket Club needs your help to keep membership and game-day costs affordable so we can keep attracting new members! The Club faces significant ongoing costs, especially ground maintenance, machinery costs, and tree maintenance.

Quiz Night: Monday 8th March 6.45 pm for 7 pm start, or come earlier and have a meal!
Where: O’Shea’s Public House, (Google Maps link)

  •   It’s not a cricket quiz or a sports quiz … it’s just a normal pub quiz
  •   Supper will be provided
  •   Lot’s of good prizes
  •   Raffle draws
  •   Teams of 4 … but if you don’t have a team, just come along and we’ll find a team for you – no problem!
  •   $15 p.p. (please bring cash)

It’s more the merrier! Bring your neighbour, wife, girlfriend, flatmate, or cousin. We just want to see people supporting the Valley of Peace Cricket Club!

If you are able to provide a prize for the raffle and/or quiz, please contact Scott Cartwright or Phil Smith.

See you there.

Phil Smith
Ph 021 358 178

Tradition at Team Boon

Over the many decades, indeed centuries, that cricket has been played across the globe there have been far too many many memorable moments to record, some with the bat, some with the ball, some out in the field, and some in the changing rooms (“What happens in the changing rooms, …..”, as the cliche goes!). In searching through the Valley of Peace Cricket Club’s archives we came across an extreme example of field positioning, showing a degree of confidence that few other field settings can portray. “Intimidating” could well be the term but the more competitive types would proffer the use of “strategic” instead.

Team Boon stand out as having what’s become a dramatic & long-held tradition in the field. In the words of Scott Cartwright, “they start (every game) with this formation until the first run is scored; the person at 9th slip, who is usually the youngest player playing for them that day, has to field the ball where ever it goes in the field. They resume their normal positions after the first run has been scored. A terrific tradition that has been going over 20 years”.

Team Boon open the innings in their familiar field positions

 

Team Boon are not the only team to have colourfully spread themselves across the greater slip cordon over the decades, with 9th slip almost closer to the boundary than to the stumps! For example:

Damien Fleming bowling for Australia’s 50-over side vs the hapless Zimbabweans

Australian, Dennis Lillee’s familiar set field for all English batsmen

 

Valley of Peace Cricket Club Family Picnic, 15th Nov 2020

It was great to see a very good turnout for this year’s Valley of Peace Cricket Club Christmas family picnic! Around 55-60 people attended and joined in the races and competitions. The water slide was a new addition this year and was very popular – as were the traditional 3-legged race, egg and spoon race and sack race.

The premier lawn bowls event was won by a very reluctant starter, Angie Banks and her bowling partner Scott Cartwright. Prizes were awarded for the best fancy dress, the best kids joke and the biggest represented family (12x Smiths).

Santa arrived on a ride-on mower and although he found the conditions difficult in the 100% synthetic suit, he provided a lolly scramble and everyone was happy. Thank you, Santa!

Phil Smith

The Valley of Peace Cricket Club AGM Annual Report to 30th June 2019

VOP Annual Report to 30 June 2019

VOP Annual Report 2019

Prepared by  Scott Cartwright. Anyone who wishes to view the Financials from the Valley of Peace Cricket Club AGM for 2019 is requested to contact Scott Cartwright.

The busy 2018 off-season at the Valley of Peace Cricket Club

There has been a lot happening at the Valley of Peace cricket ground in the Hoon Hay Valley since the 2017/18 season finished:

  • A well has been drilled to provide the Club with a reliable water supply for irrigation. A suitable water supply was found at a depth of 60.5m. Bore diameter 150mm.

    Valley of Peace irrigation plan

    Valley of Peace irrigation plan

  • An underground irrigation system has been installed that will distribute water over the entire playing field.
  • 3-phase power has been brought onto the ground to power the submersible well pump.
  • The elm tree within the field of play (NW corner) started dropping limbs and has been removed for safety reasons.
  • Ground cultivation, sowing grass seed and levelling is currently work in progress.

The following people have been heavily involved with the ground restoration work: Ant Polson, Ron Dalley, Bob Masefield (and fellow Goat Herders), Gordon Fulton, Gil Sutherland, Geoff Olsen, Derek Banks, Jesse Tritschler, Bert McGrath (VoP neighbour), Tom Bryne and Terry O’Loughlin.

Photos of all the work that’s been done at the ground are on the Galleries page.

Vale John Waters

It is with much sadness to report the recent passing of The Valley of Peace Cricket Club‘s Patron, and son of the Club’s founder, John Waters.

After suffering a stroke John unfortunately passed away over Easter. While it is never easy to lose a loved one it is probably appropriate that John slipped away at the end of the cricket season after so many years of leadership, dedication, and service to his beloved Valley of Peace Cricket Club.

All members and visitors were recipients of John’s gentlemanly hospitality and generosity which spoke so much about his values; values we should all aspire to achieve and there is no better environment than cricket, and The Valley of Peace Cricket Club, to display them.

John’s love and dedication for the Club and ground was legendary and infectious to all members. He spent his lifetime involved in all aspects of the Club and was very proud of what his father has created and made sure that the Club would continue all its fine traditions that have always been part of The Valley of Peace.

The Club passes on its most sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to John’s daughters, Jane and Anna.

Scott Cartwright.

Valley of Peace Annual Family Picnic Day, 26 Nov 2017

There was a really good turn-out this year for the annual Valley of Peace Xmas family picnic day at the Valley ground, with more than 30 in attendance for the picnic and fun. It was noted that the Banks family was well represented and performed with distinction again, indeed taking out the bowls competition. The kids were made to work hard for their lunch, with various running races, sack and egg/spoon races. Hopefully, they all slept well that night! It appears Santa was given a run for his money too; never a dull moment.

 

The Christchurch Cashmere Hills fires of Feb 2017

It is with great relief that we can confirm the Valley of Peace cricket ground has survived the Cashmere Hills fires which took hold of the Hoon Hay Valley earlier in the week. As it can be seen in the attached picture, sadly some of our closest neighbours were not so fortunate and our thoughts are with them during this stressful time.

Thanks to all of those who have been in touch regarding the ground this week, we consider ourselves very fortunate to still have our historic ground unaffected. The aerial photo below was taken at 5pm yesterday afternoon (Thurs 16th Feb). While there are still a number of dangers in the area we hope we are through the worst of it.

We are yet to know when we can access the ground again and will be in contact with those who are due to play in the next couple of weeks regarding this.

Scott Cartwright
President VOP

Bushfires behind Valley of Peace pavilion Feb 2017

Bushfire behind Valley of Peace pavilion Feb 2017

Plume of smoke above Valley of Peace, Feb 2017

Plume of smoke above Valley of Peace, Feb 2017

Bushfire above Valley of Peace Feb 2017

Bushfire above Valley of Peace Feb 2017

Aerial view, bushfires on Port Hills Christchurch Feb 2017

Aerial view, bushfire on Port Hills Christchurch Feb 2017

Family Christmas Picnic, 27 Nov’ 2016

A small but well-formed crowd gathered for the 2016 Valley of Peace family Christmas Picnic. The weather forecast probably kept a few away, but those who attended had a great time. Various kid’s activities took place including a treasure hunt, running race, egg & spoon race, 3-legged race, sack race and of course a lolly scramble. The lawn bowls was restricted to adults and was won fairly and squarely by teammates Lorraine Woodfield and Karen Smith. They demolished all opposition brave enough to contest them and no doubt their celebrations continued long into the night.

The Banks family was awarded this year’s prize for the most family members in attendance – including representatives from 3 generations.

sack race contestants

Athletes line up for the sack race

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