2021/2022 BWCUCC Premier Coaching Annoucment:

Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club is delighted to formally announce Carl Huyser as Head Coach of the Premier side for the 2021/2022 summer. He will be ably supported in his coaching team by Matt Farrant (bowling) and Steve Murdoch (batting) providing specialist resource coaching to the squad.

Carl Huyser

The Chennai Connection – Arun Kumar Manickavasagam

Cricket has been my passion since childhood days. No matter which team played, I would sit for hours in front of the television set listening to commentary intently and watching the gentleman’s game. I loved all formats of the game. With time, my love for cricket grew so much that I wouldn’t even change uniforms and go play tennis ball cricket right after school with my street friends.

BWCUCC Premier Men Coach- Vacancy

Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club
Position Description – Premier Coach

BWCUCC is seeking expressions of interest for the role of Premier Mens Coach. The role outline is as follows.

Reporting Relationships:

• Reports to: Club Committee, Club Chairman, Chairman of Selectors
• Direct Reports: None

Key Performance Objectives:

• The Employer feels that suitable indicators of the Employee’s performance will include the skills exhibited by the players, the attitude of the players and the team’s position in their respective competitions.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:


• In conjunction with the Premier Team Captain – ensure that all team members comply with the BWCUCC Club Code of Conduct, rules and responsibilities, and the CMCA Code of Conduct as directed by the Committee.

• Be available to meet with the Chairman of Selectors each week to confirm the availability of players and finalise selections for each playing day across the open Senior Grade teams.


• Agree, in conjunction with the players on each team, a team culture that is in alignment with the BWCUCC code of compliance and the values of the club.

• Agree, in conjunction with the players on a set of general Team Rules and standards of behaviour regarding playing, training and cricket related events that is aligned with the BWCUCC code of compliance and the values of the club.

• Agree, in conjunction with the captains and other particular players, on a game plan for each day’s play.


• Develop a pre-season and during season coaching plan for the teams and individual players.

• Agree on individual goals that players need to achieve.

• Provide the necessary coaching to individual players within the Senior Grade structure who attend club trainings.

• This will include the management and ‘hands on’ running of Club trainings – including pre-season, week nights (normally Tuesday & Thursday) and any additional trainings scheduled by agreement.

• Ensure that trainings are varied and engaging, with a focus on developing all three facets of the game.

• Be available to advise & help individuals who reach out for assistance at and away from training on any aspect of their game.

Player Performance and Review

• Have pre-season goal setting meetings with all interested players and continue to review these as the season progresses

• Provide constant feedback to players on performance at training & games with the view to improve their skills & performance

• Establish performance standards for all players.

Player Recruitment

• Prepare a player recruitment strategy and actively recruit players – including through the attraction of school leavers to the club – and take an active role in communication with potential players in this regard.

Team Selection

• Take a prominent, active and continual role in the selection of the Senior Open Grade teams – working in conjunction with the Chairman of Selectors and Senior Open Grade Team Captains.

• Ensure that teams entered in the adult morning grade teams for the season are selected with a clear focus on the strength of the overall teams and an appropriate balance of player roles within each one.

• Ensure the availability of each individual player is confirmed and communicated by and to the affected players, team captains and the Chairman of Selectors using an agreed process and tools (including electronic communications as early as possible each week).

• In conjunction with the Chairman of Selectors, ensure that adult morning grade team selections are communicated to the club’s membership by posting in a suitably visible online group/forum that is visible to all club and committee members.

• Ensure that players moving up & down between teams are communicated with via a subtle platform (face to face or phone call) with clear reasoning and a path back into the side.

Applications close 14th May 2021

To discuss this confidentially and apply contact

Dave Robertson
BWCUCC Chairman
027 444 6136

Peter Hay
021 900 329

Please note the following:

  • Remuneration is subject to funding
  • You must be able to work in New Zealand
  • The job structure is flexible so get in touch if you have an interest and we can discuss the details.

Premier Coach Paul O’Brien Stands Down

At the end of the 2020/21 Summer, Premier Coach Paul O’Brien has sadly announced he will be stepping down from the role, which he held since the 2017/18 summer.

Paul will leave a legacy of being the coach that ‘broke the drought’, with the Premiers winning of the 2017/18 One Day Trophy the first championship in 24 years. In his tenure he always oversaw three ‘Championship’ 2-day titles & one One-day title. Under Paul, the Premier side also made two T20 finals and had two top 3 finishes in the 2-day competition.

However, in reflection trophies is not that Paul is most proud of his time in charge. “When I came to the club, none of the squad was in the ‘A’ program. To in that time have both Matthew & Mitchell Hay move through the ‘A’ program and realize their dream of playing for Canterbury, Jackson Latham win two contracts, Thomas Zohrab & Will O’Rourke play ‘A’ cricket, Sam Carlaw play Canterbury XI games, as well as Curtis Millard, Hugo Howard, Tom Sutherland & Tom Dunlop play u19’s has been extremely satisfying to watch unfold and assist them through their development.” Along with the high-performance development, Paul also cherishes handing out debuts to many players who could achieve a goal playing premier cricket and succeed at that level. 

Paul put fun at the center of everything he did as a coach and that is something that he will treasure from this time with the squad, however he was never convinced to get onto the ‘slip n slide’.

Along with being a fantastic coach, the playing group lose a very good person who always had his men’s back and would do anything to help them succeed. Paul’s level head and wisdom has left a mark on the playing group and he has developed relationships with players that will exceed the confines of the boundary rope.

The club would like to thank Paul for his commitment & professionalism over the 4 seasons in charge and appreciate the work he has done to turn the Premier side into a regular contender for trophies in all three formats as well as developing players to achieve their goals and play representative cricket. We also acknowledge and thank his wife Sandra for letting him spend so much time with us, and we know you with both enjoy more time together between here and Wanaka.

We look forward to seeing you in and around the club in the much more relaxed role as a supporter in the coming years.

1994 book “Burnside Park, It’s History, People and Sport”

Shane Young has been able to locate a copy of Arthur Grayburn’s 1994 book “Burnside Park, It’s History, People and Sport” which provides a record of both the history of the park, but also that of the sports clubs associated with the park.

BWCUCC Legends of the Pride – John Fraser Thompson

John Fraser Thompson, BWCUCC life member # 20 was invited to share his thoughts on cricket. John is also a life member of Canterbury Cricket and NZ Junior Cricket, his contribution to Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club is outstanding: In his playing days John played second grade and then Presidents, serving on Club committees from 1966 to 2012, twice as Club President. Link to the films are below.

John Thomson, at the Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Clubrooms during filming in 2020

Notice of 115th AGM of BWCUCC

Notice is hereby given that the 115th Annual General Meeting of the Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club will be held at the Burnside Cricket Pavilion, Burnside Oval, 336 Avonhead Road on Tuesday 29th September 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

At the conclusion of the AGM, the bar will be opened and we warmly welcome all club members, and parents of junior members to attend and socialise with your BWCUCC family as we prepare for summer ahead.