Norm O’Neill Cricket Training Facility opens in Penshurst

25/06/2019

Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene joined representatives from Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW and the broader cricket community at the official opening of the Norm O’Neill Cricket Training Facility on Friday 21 June 2019 in Penshurst.

The facility, which is located on Percival Street, is the first metropolitan cricket and community centre constructed in Sydney in partnership with Local Government, Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW.

Georges River Council allocated $5.5 million towards the project, with a further combined $400,000 in funding from Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW.

Mayor Greene said that the centre will offer great benefits to the Georges River community and significantly enrich the sport and recreation amenities in the local area.

“I am delighted to open a world-class Cricket Training Facility in Penshurst today, which will foster community participation in cricket and inspire a new generation of players,” said Mayor Greene.

“The centre is named in honour of Norm O’Neill, OAM, a cricketing legend who grew up locally in Kogarah. Bringing a centre of such a high professional standard to the Georges River area will encourage and support others passionate about the sport.

“The facility includes six indoor synthetic wickets, six outdoor turf wickets and forms an integral part of what will become a premium centre for sport.”

Cricket NSW Chief Operating Officer Michael Dalton welcomed the opening of the world class facility.

“This cricket centre will allow local boys and girls to train alongside their heroes from the NSW Blues and Breakers and the Sydney Sixers, inspiring the next generation of exciting young players,” Mr Dalton said.

“Congratulations to Georges River Council for investing in a facility for all ages which will support local participation and help produce the stars of the future.”

The cricket centre comprises Stage One of Council’s Master Plan for Penshurst Park, which will see the site transform into a regional Sporting Hub, accommodating both passive and active recreation.

Stage Two of works will include the development of a synthetic field, grandstand, youth facility and additional open space elements, with Stage Three featuring the expansion of the Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre.

The Norm O’Neill Cricket Training Facility is located at 1A Percival Street Penshurst and will cater for a wide range of players, from club and community cricketers and school groups, through to elite male and female cricketers.


About Norm O'Neill, OAM

Norm O'Neill, OAM was born in 1937 in Carlton and attended Bexley Primary School and Kogarah Intermediate High School. Norm made his grade cricket debut with St George District Cricket Club in 1952 at the age of 16 and represented NSW at 18.

In 70 First Class matches for the Blues he scored 5,419 runs at an average of 52.91 with 18 centuries and claimed 41 wickets with his leg-spin.

Norm played 42 Test matches between 1958 and 1965, scoring 2,779 runs at an average of 45.55, with six centuries and taking 17 wickets. Following his retirement from Test cricket in 1965, Norm captained the newly formed Sutherland District Cricket Club.

Norm passed away in 2008 and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2018.

For more information please call 9330 6400. For more information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.

Photos courtesy of Matthew Gye, Lanky Constructions