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Cricket

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Cricket has been played at the school from its inception. History books record the school’s founder referring to games being played between 1912 and 1917 at the Toowong oval and other places. Matches were played against the Brisbane Technical College, Church Clubs and other school teams in the period from 1918 to 1919.

The first match was played against Clayfield College (now Brisbane Boys’ College), and the school won on the first innings. Churchie entered the GPS competition in 1922 and played the first match against Gregory Terrace on 25 February.

It wasn’t until 1929 that Churchie won its first premiership (shared with The Southport School. Churchie has won twenty premierships between 1922 and 2014. Churchie's Cricket Programme has seen numerous successes over it's long history including a premiership win in 2012 after 13 years.

Churchie has also seen its winning percentage across all grades soar from 30 per cent in 2009 to 62 per cent in more recent years. Four Churchie Old Boys have represented Australia – Peter Burge, the Archer brothers Ken and Ron and Tony Dell.



A number of Old Boys have also represented Queensland in addition to those who have represented Australia. 

They include Allen Harding, Charlie Mengell, Bob Paulsen, David Rathie, Bruce Taylor, Dennis Lillie, Peter Anderson, Chris Smart, Ray Reynolds, Ian Kelly, Ryan Broad and most recently Ronan McDonald. The Churchie Cricket Support Group offers valuable support to the Cricket Programme, particularly on match days. Their main fundraising activity, the annual Churchie Test Match Luncheon, is the premier cricket function in Brisbane prior to the November Test Match at the Gabba.
 
The programme supports 40 teams representing Churchie in GPS competitions and offers every player, regardless of his ability, the opportunity to improve and enjoy cricket at Churchie. This is achieved through an extensive coaching programme boosted by former test and state players, current first grade cricketers, teachers and Old Boys.
 
In recent years Churchie has adopted a bi-annual international tours policy with the last nine years seeing boys tour overseas. During the Christmas break each year Churchie runs the Peter Burge Clinic and the Southern Skies Tournament. All boys are welcome to participate in these events which help to build confidence and experience prior to the commencement of the GPS season.

Training occurs every morning and afternoon until the end of the season which is just before the end of Term 1. Churchie continues to provide outstanding playing and practice facilities and can field teams on the Main Oval, Old Boys 1, Parents Field, Long Field, New Field, The Flat and Smith 1, 2, and 3; a total of nine fields all within the school grounds, along with three turf wickets, six synthetic pitches, eight turf nets and 13 synthetic nets.