Past and present Spirit gather to celebrate 20 years

Published on 17 Feb 2020

Players past and present gathered at Seddon Park on Thursday, February 6 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the SkyCity Hamilton Northern Spirit.

The attendees gathered just before midday and were welcomed with some Spirit-themed cupcakes, provided by Bittersweet Cupcakes.

Northern Districts chief executive Ben MacCormack then addressed those gathered, outlining the tremendous progress made in the women's game, outlining the exciting things to come in the women's space and thanking everyone for their contributions to the Spirit and cricket.

Guest speakers Liz Dawson, New Zealand Cricket board member and Chair of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2021 Local Organising Committee, and Kylie Hawker-Green, Northern Districts board member, followed MacCormack and echoed many of his earlier sentiments.

They highlighted the role of the past Spirit players in paving the way for girls today,  the impact upcoming opportunities might have on the women's game in New Zealand; particularly, the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2021, and the increasing parity with men's cricket.

A short Q&A was then conducted with past Spirit coach, Cliff Dickeson, and present coach Kari Carswell, followed by a capping ceremony, where every player past and present was given their own numbered Northern Districts cap.

The day concluded with lunch boundary side as the group enjoyed some live cricket, with the WHITE FERNS taking-on South Africa in the second T20 international.