Cricket Victoria has recently introduced a new Pathway Program with the aim of further streamlining the journey from junior cricket to representative squads.

The existing Victorian Premier Cricket representative Dowling Shield competition has shifted to a younger age group, changing from Under 17 to Under 16.

Additionally, a new Premier Cricket under 18’s competition has been created, ensuring the top age of the pathway aligns with the state’s highest level of club competition.

An invitation to trial with the Kingston Hawthorn Cricket Club Dowling and Under 18 Squads for 2023/24 is now open.

Net and match trials for the Under 18 side will take place in September 2023, whilst outdoor Dowling Squad trials will be held in October 2023, following 5 Academy sessions being held indoor from August 3. Actual dates will be confirmed in coming weeks.

If you miss out on the Academy sessions, please don’t be dis-heartened as you will get a further opportunity later in the year.

The Dowling Competition will play 5 rounds of One Day and T20 across December 2023, and January 2024, with Under 18 competition also playing 5 mixed format rounds across October, December and January.

This is an elite pathway to Premier and higher level cricket in Victoria.

The Kingston Hawks run an excellent program and have performed very well in the past three seasons, participating in the final of the Dowling Shield in 2022/23.

We look forward to again encouraging local Bayside and South East young cricketers to trial.

A squad of no more than 30 will be selected for each team, with a final list of 16 to be confirmed prior to matches commencing.

Players must be engaged, fit to trial and be 3 Dimensional Players, and those selected must be available for all games, barring injury and illness. There will be a fee to participate to cover costs and purchase of colored Hawks uniform.

Players wishing to attend will need to submit the following details to Pathway Development Coordinator Craig Kernick by email at including:-

  • Player’ name
  • Date of Birth
  • Current Club and/or School
  • Parent’s names
  • Email
  • Mobile no.
  • Cricket discipline
  • Brief history of achievements