A new home means a new name for a City of Playford-based cricket club. ^^ Shannon (left), Cameron and Peter are inviting newcomers out to play for the Eyre Royals Cricket Club at their new home ground at Eyre Sports Park. Photo: Jenna White With the Rose & Crown Cricket Club moving to Eyre Sports Park this summer, members decided it was time for a fresh start, unveiling its changed name and logo ahead of the new season.
Formed in 1990/91, the club’s recent playing base has been Ridley Reserve but it is moving to the $5.5 million Eyre Sports Park, a Penfield facility being built by the City of Playford and AV Jennings, and will now be called the Eyre Royals.
President Cameron Mansueto said the club’s heritage has been maintained through the new name, which recognises the past and the future.
“The Royals name maintains our connection to the Rose & Crown name, as well as acknowledging the proximity of the RAAF base,” Mr Mansueto said.
The club’s new logo also features a rose and a crown.
Mr Mansueto said the club currently has two senior men’s and two women’s teams, but the move to Eyre Sports Park will allow it to grow.
“Moving to the new facility gives us a chance for a fresh start and attract junior players and more senior members, while having a stronger relationship with the local community,” Mr Mansueto said.
“The club hasn’t had juniors for 15 or 20 years and it’s something we’re starting up again."
To that end, Chris Calvert has been appointed junior coach and is seeking players for under 10, 12, 14 and 16 grades.
Three ovals and a club room are being built as part of the development, while the cricket club has access to three new training nets.
The Eyre Royals will be sharing the facility with the Central Districts Rugby League Club and the Northern Wolves Soccer Club.
The renamed cricket club will be the first to utilise Eyre Sports Park, which is expected to be ready for full-time occupation next month.
You can find the Eyre Royals on Facebook, or contact Cameron Mansueto (0402 227 746) or Peter Clarkson (0410 021 623).