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Will the 2018 season start this weekend?

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Greenock make another attempt to start their 2018 season with two friendlies this weekend at Glenpark, on Saturday against West of Scotland and on Sunday against Renfrew. Preparations at Glenpark have been badly hit by the inclement weather of recent months but at least this week has seen some respite from the skies and fingers are crossed that some play will be possible this weekend. The players are itching to get some match practice ahead of next week's league opener against Dumfries and they will be keeping an eager eye on the weather forecast as the weekend gets closer. At the time of writing, it would seem that Saturday offers the better chance of any play.

The 1st XI this season will be on similar lines from last year's team, although Louis Ware has moved to Stirling where he is currently at University and there will be two new overseas players on show. Saurabh Bandekar from India and Laurens Smit from South Africa will replace Kyle Scrimegour and Julian Hulbert but neither player is currently in Greenock and therefore will not be included in the weekend teams.

Both matches will start at 1pm.

Soggy start to the season

Friday, April 13th, 2018

The 2018 season has started the way the 2017 one ended with this weekend's friendlies being cancelled as a result of the dreadful weather of recent months. It has proved impossible to get Glenpark ready in time for the matches with Hillhead and Victoria and it remains to be seen if there will be sufficient improvement to allow next weekend's games to go ahead. There is at least the prospect of warmer weather next week but the ground desperately needs a decent dry spell. Fingers crossed!!

Junior Information Evening

Friday, April 13th, 2018

To ensure that the Club is fulfilling the exacting criteria that is being demanded by the many organisations that it engages with to provide coaching to our youngsters in a structured and safe environment, a short information evening has been organised at the club on Friday 20 April 2018 from 7pm to 8pm.

The following presentations will be given :

Update on changes to age groups/formats/league rules - James Lepick

Junior Coaching Methods - Tim Hart, West District Development Officer

Managing Head Injuries - Clyde Injury Clinic

Safeguarding and Child Protection - Colin McDougall

Sponsorship - Rod Mountford

This evening will also give the opportunity before the season starts, to have a social gathering with a light buffet and refreshments, followed by the draw for this season's Player Sponsorship.

March Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Monday, April 9th, 2018

The March monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 31st March and the four lucky winners were Susan Hempsey, Maureen Harrison, Alan Currie and Iain Robertson.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 28th April for the usual prizes. At the same time, the April Jackpot draw will also be carried out.

We are always looking for new members to join the draw, the receipts from which are used to improve the facilities of the Club for all members. If you wish to join, please contact either Peter Hempsey or Brian Papworth at the contact details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

February Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The February monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 24th February and the four lucky winners were Gerry Wilson, Ian Cuthbertson, Kevin Flack and John Riggans.

Saurabh Bandekar signs as professional

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The Club is delighted to announce that Saurabh Bandekar has signed a contract to play as professional in the forthcoming season.

Saurabh is a 30-year-old top order bat and medium-pace bowler who plays for Goa in India and who has also featured in the IPL for both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders.

We look forward to welcoming Saurabh to Glenpark.

WDCU Cup Draws

Monday, January 29th, 2018

The WDCU have now issued details of this season's Cup competitions.

The McCulloch (West League) Cup group stage sees the usual home and away fixtures against Kelburne, Renfrew and Ferguslie. Greenock have a real incentive to do well in this competition as the final will be played at Glenpark on Wednesday 1st August. An away fixture at Ayr awaits Greenock in the first round of the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup.

The Glenpark XI have fixtures with Whitehaugh, Meikleriggs and Vale of Leven in the group stage of the Western Cup.

The full set of fixtures can be found from the link on the right-hand side of the screen.

Amendment to 2018 League Fixtures

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The WDCU have issued an amendment to the league fixtures for 2018 which removes the run of four consecutive away games for the 1st XI in May. The fixture against Prestwick on 19th May will now be played at Glenpark with the reverse fixture in July at Prestwick. This is good news for the Club from both a playing and financial viewpoint. Now, what odds will you give on 19th May being a gloriously sunny day!!

2018 Citylets Scottish Cup

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The draw for this year's Citylets Scottish Cup has been announced and Greenock have been given a home draw against Glenrothes in the first round, the tie to be played on Sunday 13th May. If successful, the Club will then be at home in the next round as well, against either Drumpellier or Carlton. But we'll just take it one game at a time!

2018 League Fixtures

Monday, January 8th, 2018

The WDCU have released the League fixtures for the 2018 season. The 1st XI start their campaign with a home fixture against Dumfries but that is followed by 4 away fixtures in a row, which will be very demanding for the team. Indeed 7 out of the first 10 fixtures are away from Glenpark. July and August had better be warm and sunny!!

After a reorganisation of the lower leagues, the First Reserve League has been disbanded and the Glenpark XI have been placed in the Third Division of the WDCU and consequently find themselves coming up against some new opponents. For their part, they will play 7 out of their first 10 fixtures at Glenpark.

The full set of fixtures can be found from the link on the right-hand side of the screen.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Following on from the publication of the Club's revised and enhanced Child Wellbeing and Protection Policy, it has now released its Anti-Bullying Policy document, which can be found here.

Child Wellbeing and Protection Policy

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

A comprehensive review of the way in which the club approaches the wellbeing and protection of our junior members has been undertaken. The new policy can be found here. The policy reflects safeguarding requirements and good practice in relation to cricket, taking cognisance of updated legislation and Scottish Executive guidance. All Club members have a contribution to make to ensure the wellbeing of children and should further information be required, please contact our CWPO, Colin McDougall.

Mrs Ann McGarva

Saturday October 28th, 2017

Members will be sad to hear that Mrs Ann McGarva passed away last Tuesday. Ann was a very keen supporter of the Club, taking great personal interest in the progress of the teams and the many individual players whose careers she followed avidly. Her love and knowledge of cricket was born of her playing as a youth and coaching as part of her career as a PE teacher. Cricket Scotland benefited from her support both vocally and financially but she also extended her support to England, indeed following them to the West Indies.

Our Club has also been the recipient of her generosity through her family fund, the AM Ross Foundation, which over the years has made donations to assist with coaching costs, creating the Multi Use Games Area, refurbishing the practice nets and purchasing plant machinery for the ground.

Following a private committal, there will be a celebration of her life at St Columba's Church, Kilmacolm on Monday 6 November 2017 at 2pm, to which her family, Neil, Ailsa and Lesley, would be pleased to welcome members of the Club.

Ann will be sadly missed and we extend our sincere condolences to her family.

Inverclyde Active Schools/Sports Development Accreditation

Friday October 6th, 2017

The Club has received notification of their accreditation by Inverclyde Active Schools which has been achieved through meeting the requisite standards in relation to coach education, safeguarding training, facility provision, first aid training, insurance coverage and compliance with the Protection of Vulnerable Persons Scheme. The accreditation reflects the efforts of all the coaches and helpers of the Junior Cricket Section and the time devoted to ensuring a safe playing environment for our young members. These efforts assist in player attraction and retention and the strength of the Junior Section.

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