The Leeming Spartan Junior Cricket Club was formed in 1998 as a pathway for the youngest cricketers to progress into the longstanding Leeming Spartan Cricket Club, which was first formed way back in 1918.
The Leeming Spartan Cricket Club officially added a junior division in 1998 to foster the development of our youngest cricketers as they progressed into the senior competition for the first time.
Whilst the Leeming Junior Cricket Club had existed for some time before their envelopment into the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club, this was the first time that both clubs had been officially linked under the ‘Spartan’ name, and it produced a great benefit for the senior club as it provided a regular influx of young players each season.
Following discussions between our officials and the officials of the senior club, we became an official entity within the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club for the first time, and took on the name Leeming Spartan Junior Cricket Club.
It was met with immediate results, adding eleven new teams to Spartan-ranks ranging from Under 10’s to Under 17’s, and provided great influxes of new players as they graduated into the senior competition.
The amalgamation was always planned with a view to providing a structure for juniors to have an easier progression into the senior ranks, giving them a familiar place to call home, whilst at the same time ensuring that we did not stand in the way of those who wanted to try themselves out at a WACA Club – the level under state cricket.
Since the initial merger, things have progressed extremely well with a number of junior players having later played First Grade cricket at the Spartans, with several Juniors having been inducted as Life Members of the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club – one of the state’s oldest sporting clubs.
The Club and its two sections – both junior and senior – have excelled in terms of participation and on field success, with an increased number of Premierships coming in the last ten years, and it can certainly be said that 1999’s introduction of the Leeming Spartan Junior Cricket Club has been a sensational result.
Incredibly, the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club celebrates its one hundredth anniversary in November 2018, and looks to the future with great enthusiasm on the back of regular influxes of young cricketers to help carry the Spartans into another new era.
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Leeming Spartan Junior Cricket Club:
Our Multi-Million Dollar Clubhouse:
At the same time, Leeming Spartan saw the beginning of what was to be a phenomenal and everlasting improvement, as preparations were put in place for a sensational multi-million dollar clubhouse on the John Connell Reserve that is still the envy of the competition today.
The project entered its feasibility stage in late 1998 following a meeting between the two clubs incorporating the Leeming Sports Association (the Spartans, and Leeming Strikers Soccer Club) and the Melville City Council, with an initial plan to renovate the existing brick clubrooms.
It was then decided that if the nearby Leeming Bowling Club, situated on the same block as the John Connell Reserve, were to join the Leeming Sports Association (the LSA), then the Council would investigate a major construction project to house the three clubs.
As further explained below, this was eventually to become a reality, with Spartan President Brian Waterer the single most influential factor in ensuring the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club gained what would be the best clubhouse in the competition.
After several meetings between the four parties, concept plans were approved and then went to the finance committee of the Melville City Council for approval. Subsequently, the Council allocated $1 million dollars to the project, leaving the LSA to fund a further $1 million through grants and repayable loans to get the project to its next stage.
Brian’s efforts in this project were immeasurable, and when the complex was officially opened in 2003, he was deservedly recognised by all in attendance for his monumental work over the five years.
Such was the success of the project, we continue to utilise the same building in the more than fifteen years since, and it easily accounts as the best in the association, and is the envy of many.