Cricket

Cricket is a game revered by many as New Zealands summer game. Cricket is inherently a game combining individual and social skills. When you are bowling, batting or running after a ball, you are at your individual best. When you are diving to save a boundary and throwing the ball to the wicketkeepers gloves, you are a complete team man.

The game teaches mental toughness, positivity, determination, dedication and application and, most importantly, it teaches players to deal with lifes disappointments because Cricket is a game that can be very tough.

Cricket has been regarded as a top summer sport at Sacred Heart throughout the Colleges history. The College has produced some fine cricketers including domestic representatives Dean Bartlett '05), Matt Quin ('10) and Glenn Phillips ('13).

The College has taken steps in recent years to advance the game within the school. The set-up of the Sports Institute has given the school the ability to pool talented cricketers and develop them. The influence of this programme has been evident in recent results the 2012 the Year 9 team won the NZCT Auckland regional tournament becoming the best side in Auckland for its age group. In recent years, the Year 7 and 8 Institute produced a side that narrowly lost its Auckland final making it the second-best side in Auckland for its age. This influence is also reaching the top with the 1st XI finishing 2nd in the Premier Auckland Secondary School competition.

The Sacred Heart College Cricket community is involved in a number of prestigious traditional fixtures with other Marist schools, namely the Marist Cricket Carnival and the annual fixture with St Bedes College, Christchurch.

The Marist Cricket Carnival is a collection of 18 Marist schools playing over three Carnivals with six competing schools in each. Sacred Hearts 1st XI competes annually and hosts the Carnival in Auckland once every six years. Sacred Heart hosted the Marist Cricket Carnival in 2011; this was also the year the College claimed the title for the first time. At the end of 2015 the 1st XI travelled to St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill in New South Wales where they finished 2nd in the Carnival.