The History of Junior Cricket in the Brisbane North Region
In 1972 under the banner of Toombul Junior Cricket Group, junior cricket as we know it
today, began. It all started with Cec Anstey OAM, a member of Toombul District Cricket
Club. He thought it rather strange that many if not all winter sports Rugby, Rugby League,
Soccer and Aussie Rules had junior competitions but cricket was lagging. He had many
conversations regarding starting a junior cricket competition with his great mate Errold La
Frantz MBE, also a member of Toombul District Cricket Club. Around this time Cliff Christensen from
North Star Sports Club wrote to Queensland Cricket regarding a junior cricket competition
and as North Star was in the Toombul area he was directed to Toombul District Cricket Club and the
three wise men conceived the notion of an organised junior cricket competition.
A lot of has changed since these humble begginings. In Season 1972 / 1973 in the Toombul
Junior Cricket Competition there were 15 Clubs with 33 teams with age groups, Under 10,
Under 12, Under 14 and Open
During 1973 / 1974 season the Brisbane Junior Cricket Association and the Queensland
Junior Cricket Association (QJC) were formed. In season 1974 / 1975 the Toombul group
became Zone 1 and Valley / Norths Zone 2 commenced. The three men who were at the
helm of Valley / Norths Zone 2 were Rae Finlayson, Roger Harris and Laurie Harvey.
In the ensuing years junior cricket became very widespread throughout Queensland and
today, each year, there are Queensland Age Championships along with many
A restructure took place in North Brisbane for Season 1997 / 1998 when Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 6 (Sandgate) merged to become Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association.
Thank you Cec, Errold and Cliff for your foresight we are eternally grateful.
L to R: Cec Anstey OAM, Cliff Christensen, Errold La Frantz MBE