Lake Macquarie City Council announce Cardiff-Boolaroo District Cricket Club as summer user of new Cameron Park sports facility

ON THE MOVE: Cardiff-Boolaroo's Thomas Clough and his clubmates will shift from their traditional home ground to a new facility at Cameron Park starting in 2018-2019. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

ON THE MOVE: Cardiff-Boolaroo's Thomas Clough and his clubmates will shift from their traditional home ground to a new facility at Cameron Park starting in 2018-2019. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

Cardiff-Boolaroo District Cricket Club will consider a name change when they relocate to Cameron Park after more than three decades of first grade at their current ground.

The club have been appointed as the principal summer users of the new $9 million facility, which is set to be ready for cricket by the 2018-2019 season.

The decision was recently handed down by Lake Macquarie City Council and the men in white will share the venue with Black Diamond AFL outfit the Cardiff Hawks.

Cricket club president Matthew Maher said the geographic shift was a move forward and the time could be right for fresh branding, potentially to North Lakes. 

“At the same time we’ll look at having a name change,” Maher said.

“We want to incorporate the Cameron Park area and the sub-division out there is actually called North Lakes. It gives us a lot of access out there, widens our area and gives us a bigger drawing capacity. We’re really looking forward to it.”

Maher said the club would hold onto Cardiff Oval for lower grades but play their main games at the new location with a sub-committee being formed to provide a smooth transition.

“We won’t be leaving Cardiff Oval completely,” he said. “We’ve been there since around the late 70s and early 80s. We used to be out at Walters Park and called South Lakes until we moved to Cardiff.”

On the field and it has been a tough start to the season with just one win from seven outings in the top grade and staring down the barrel of an outright loss to Toronto this Saturday.

“It has been difficult to be fair,” Maher said.

“We don’t have the depth this year because we lost a lot of players from our first grade squad. Only one went to another Newcastle club, the rest just stopped playing or moved away for different reasons. What we do have is a good core of young kids there, who probably aren’t ready at the moment, but we’ll give them a taste and I’m sure they’ll repay our faith down the track.”

Seven-time Newcastle district player of the year Mark Curry is coaching at Cardiff this summer.

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