Croydon North Cricket
Club was established in 1925. First World War Victoria Cross winner Wally
Peeler was a member of the foundation team.
Apart from a short recesses during the Depression
(in 1933, but reformed in 1936 under the Congregational Church) and World War II
(1941, but reformed in 1946). The club has always played at Hughes Park (or
Brushy Creek Park) on Maroondah Highway at Croydon North, the club also now
plays at Barngeong Reserve in Croydon North.
The club's first flag (`C' Grade) came in 1948-49.
Captained by then Club Secretary - Reg Johnston who later became President of
the Ringwood District Cricket Association (RDCA) during the period 1963 to
1967. Richmond VFL footballer Fred Cook was the opening bowler in this team.
The first junior team was entered in the (RDCA)
competition in the 1954-55 season. This side was captained by Ken (The Colonel)
Johnston. 1961 Hawthorn VFL Premiership player John MacArthur was a member of
More success followed in 1961-62 when `B' Grade
flag came to Croydon North, captained by Ian (Lefty) Leach, earning the club
promotion into the RDCA's top competition, `A' Grade (subsequently renamed
`Chandler Shield' & at the start of the 2010/11 season renamed again to the
'Lindsay Trollope Shield'). The club played in Chandler Shield continuously
from 1962-63, but was relegated to the `Wilkins Cup' competition for the
2002-03 season. Two seasons later (2003/04) the club won the Wilkins
Premiership & returned to Chandler Shield.
Croydon North is one of the most successful on-field performer in the
RDCA. Among our successes, we include:
9 `Chandler Shield' Premierships, including 7 in an
11 seasons between 1987-88 and 1997-98, including 3 in a row between 1989-90
and 1991-92. Croydon North remains the only club to have won the Chandler Shield
3 seasons in a row;
numerous club members playing first grade cricket
with Premier clubs in the VCA competition; and
one club member, Rod McCurdy, who played cricket
Croydon North were the first RDCA club to have an
officially approved professional coach when Peter Brady returned to the club
after 10 seasons with Richmond CC to coach our club to the 1972/73 Chandler
The club now fields 4 senior teams as well as junior teams in all age
groups. New players both junior and seniors are always welcome. The club is
very exciting to also in the process of fielding a girls team for the coming