The aim of the Statewide Carnivals is to have the ‘best playing against the best’ with all the most talented country and metropolitan cricketers from South Australia participating. In the 2017-18 season, the Statewide Carnivals will be used to identify players for our SAPSASA (Under 13), Under 15 and Under 17 South Australian squads. Below is information in regard to the various Carnivals that will held this season:
Under 17 Shield
SACA’s U17 Shield will enter its 71st season when teams meet for a two week carnival in January 2019. Commencing in 1947-48, the Carnival originally consisted of ten District teams and two country teams in what was known as the District Schoolboys Competition. This competition continued to grow and in 1973-74 was renamed as the Shell Shield. At this time the competition consisted of 12 District club teams and two country teams. The Carnival was held over a period of three weeks with each team playing 11 matches. The team that won the most number of matches was declared the winner of the carnival.
The competition now consists of sixteen teams, comprising of 12 Premier Cricket clubs, two country teams, the South Australia Metropolitan Cricket Association (SAMCA) and SACA’s Under 15 squad. Players in the two country teams have been selected based on their performance during the Under 16 Country Carnival which will be held in Adelaide in December 2015.
Teams are divided into two zones and play six one-day matches. These matches will determine the standings for semi-final matches, with the top two teams facing off on the following day in the grand final.
Click here to view Under 17 Shield fixtures for 2018-19
Ray Sutton Shield
In 1979-80, the South Australia Cricket Association programmed and managed the under-13 boys “Savings Bank Shield Competition”. For this initial season, 12 clubs, including Edwardstown and Salisbury, were split into four groups. At the conclusion of the minor round matches, the winners in each group played in semi-finals to determine the teams to compete in the final. The final was played on Adelaide No 2 and Sturt defeated East Torrens.
The 1982-83 competition saw a change of format from the previous concept of four zones. To give a greater depth to the series, the teams were grouped in two zones of six, allowing for each team to play each other once. The competition was briefly referred to as the “State Bank Shield” from 1984-85 until 1990-91. After this time, the competition has been known as the Ray Sutton Shield, in recognition of the man whose idea and initiative it was to begin this competition.
Ray Sutton began his cricket administration career at Prospect as Secretary, and during his time there, Prospect won seven premierships in 11 years. He joined the SACA in 1980 as the District Cricket Coordinator and during the next 10 years was instrumental in establishing this junior competition. After retiring in 1990 as the SACA Cricket Coordinator, the competition was named in his honour.
Today, the Ray Sutton Shield competition acts as an introduction for young crickets to Premier cricket. Clubs are split into two geographical zones with games exhibiting the best primary school cricketers from each zone. Six rounds have been scheduled on Sunday afternoons (including a semi-final round) and provides players with a chance to utilize the best Premier club facilities.
Click here to view Ray Sutton Shield fixtures for 2018-19
Under 12 Shield
The Under 12 Statewide Cup will be used to identify players for the SAPSASA squad in the 2015-16 season. The Under 12 Statewide Cup includes teams from the 12 Premier Cricket clubs and two country representative teams – known as Country Red and Country Black.
Click here to view Under 12 Statewide Cup fixtures for 2018-19