History of WBOPCA
The Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Association (WBOPCA) was formed in June 2010 and was the amalgamation of both Tauranga Cricket Association and Te Puke & Districts Association and their respective Junior Cricket Committees. The new WBOPCA was formed to streamline the Governance of Cricket in the region from essentially four bodies down to one that also reflected that all the teams within this region were all playing in the same competitions.
Tauranga Cricket Association was formed during the 1920’s and the Te Puke and Districts Association was formed a further 30 years before that, so you could say that Cricket has been played in the Western Bay of Plenty region for over 100 years.
Cricket is played in the 6 months between October to March each year. As at March 2014 we had 19 Senior Club and Secondary School teams playing in 3 separate Senior competitions. A further 19 Secondary School teams play in 3 separate Secondary School competitions and then a further 59 Intermediate or Primary School teams playing in 7 separate competitions. There are a further 2 Cricket Awareness Centres operating on Saturday mornings and Friday evenings during the summer plus regular “introduction to Cricket 6 week programmes around specific Primary School locations. And lastly there are currently 3 business house twilight leagues running at Te Puna, Mt Maunganui and Te Puke where a further 40+ teams compete 1 night during the week.