WBOPCA Colts competition fixtures:
Sunday, October 9: Senior Secondary: Te Puke v Mount Maunganui, Te Puke Domain; Cadets v Greerton, Tauranga Domain. Junior Secondary: Mount Maunganui v Te Puke, Blake Park; Greerton v Cadets, Pemberton Park. Primary: Te Puke v Cadets, Fergusson1; Mount Maunganui v Greerton, Fergusson2.
Sunday, October 16: Senior Secondary: Cadets v Te Puke, Fergusson1; Greerton v Mount Maunganui, Fergusson2. Junior Secondary: Cadets v Mount Maunganui, Tauranga Domain; Te Puke v Greerton, Te Puke Domain. Primary: Greerton v Cadets, Pemberton Park; Mount Maunganui v Te Puke, Blake Park.
Monday, October 24: Senior Secondary; Mount Maunganui v Cadets, Blake Park; Greerton v Te Puke, Pemberton Park. Junior Secondary: Cadets v Te Puke, Fergusson1; Greerton v Mount Maunganui, Fergusson2. Primary: Cadets v Mount Maunganui, Tauranga Domain; Te Puke v Greerton, Te Puke Domain.
The outstanding success of the quick-fire WBOPCA Colts competition last season has resulted in a senior secondary grade being added to last year's junior secondary and primary divisions for the 2016-17 competition.
The aim of the colts competition, which would run over the next three weekends, was to align primary, junior secondary and senior secondary players with four Western Bay of Plenty clubs.
While some Saturday morning junior cricket sides play under the banner of local clubs, it had been recognised that the players lose their club connection in the transition to the WBOPCA secondary schools competitions.
Western Bay of Plenty senior secondary (Years 11-13) players would join their primary (Year 7 & 8) junior secondary (Year 9 & 10) counterparts in three weekends of representative cricket action that starts on Sunday.
The most promising Western Bay age-group players were invited to apply to Western Bay Cricket to play under the umbrella of Otumoetai Cadets, Greerton, Mount Maunganui and Te Puke Clubs in the colts competition.
A WBOPCA selection panel allocated the teams based on previous club ties and residential location, with the emphasis on selecting four well-balanced teams apiece in the two grades.
The four clubs had drawn on coaching expertise from within their ranks, with a solid range of current and former players to mentor the teams.
■ Takapuna Grammar School is bringing three teams to the Western Bay of Plenty for pre-season matches today, Friday and Saturday with all games being played at Gordon Spratt Reserve in Papamoa. Takapuna Grammar First XI will meet a WBOPCA Invitation X1, their Girls XI will square off with a Bay of Plenty Secondary Schoolgirls side, while Takapuna Grammar Year 9 and 10 side play their Western Bay counterparts.