An unrivalled heritage – inspiration for a successful future
Western Suburbs District Cricket Club, “Wests Magpies”, is part of the Sydney Cricket Association (SCA) Grade Competition. Based at the picturesque and historic Pratten Park in Ashfield, the Club was founded in 1895 and has a proud tradition of success, especially in the development of many fine players. The Club fields teams in the SCA 1st–5th Grade, Poidevin-Gray Shield (PG's) and A.W. Green Shield (under 16) competitions.
A large number of Test players including all-time greats such as Alan Davidson, Bob Simpson, Gary Gilmour and Greg Matthews have played their Grade Cricket with the mighty Magpies. The Wests Green Shield Squad was the starting point for other wonderful Australian representatives including Dirk Wellham, Steve Rixon, Greg Dyer and Adam Gilchrist. Former Australian Captain Michael Clarke came to Wests at only 13 years of age and remains heavily involved at the Club whenever his international commitments allow. The late Opening Bat Phillip Hughes and rising-star Pace Bowler Mitch Starc were the latest Magpies to be called up for national duties.
Phillip passed away 2014 as a result of a tragic accident at the SCG. RIP mate.
Indeed,Wests can rightly claim to be Australia’s leading Club, having produced more players who have gone on to represent our country than any other Club – an unrivalled heritage!
That amazing legacy of successful player development remains alive and well at Wests. We have specific support structures in place to help elite players take the vital steps needed to move into higher representative ranks and have a number of players in the current NSW Senior and Aged-based Squads. But our focus is not just with “high performance” candidates; we are committed to assisting all our cricketers fulfil their potential across each of our Grade teams. In particular, Wests provides specialised training and coaching programs, not only to enhance playing skills, but also with a focus on application, tactical understanding and personal development. The programs are built around imparting core values - game planning and preparation, physical and emotional fitness, positive attitudes, personal disciplines and intentional actions. You will work with internationally experienced qualified coaches, mentors and sports science practitioners.
The Club utilises specialists to assist with fitness; strength and conditioning; injury prevention, management and recovery. A Sports Psychologist is a key member of the Club’s professional Coaching team, regularly attending training sessions to work with our players. We have established a close association with the nearby Triforce Indoor Cricket Centre at Mortlake so Wests players
have preferential access to that excellent facility.talented player or just a cricket enthusiast who wants be associated with this historic Cricket Club, mix with some fine young players and cricketing legends at our games and at social events, we will be delighted for you to be part of Wests.
Wests strives to be the “Club of Choice” for players who are serious about their cricket and wish to be part of a vibrant sporting environment. Membership is open to players as well as family members and all cricket supporters. If you are a talented player or just a cricket enthusiast who wants be associated with this historic Cricket Club, mix with some fine young players and cricketing legends at our games and at social events, we will be delighted for you to be part of Wests.
If you would like to know more about being involved with Wests Cricket, we will welcome your enquiry.