Adelaide Turf Cricket Association


About the ATCA

The Adelaide Turf Cricket Association Inc (ATCA) has enjoyed a long and successful involvement with cricket in this state since its registration with the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) on 26 October 1932.

The founding members of ATCA included Prince Alfred College, St. Peters College, Hawthorn, East Torrens Colts, Prospect Oval, Payneham, Prince Alfred College Old Collegians and St Peters college Old Collegians cricket clubs.

Of these founding clubs Payneham, Prince Alfred Old Collegians and St Peters Old Collegians remain as strong and loyal members of ATCA.

At the time of registration the clubs had registered a total of 120 members, this figure has grown substantially over the last 75 years to the current day affiliation of 51 clubs including the Adelaide Turf Cricket Umpires Association (ATCUA) and having close to 5,000 members involved.

As ATCA continued to develop and provide playing opportunities at a diversified range, the association saw a number of corporations submitting clubs into the competition. The Myer, Tubemakers, Post-Tel, elders, Kelvinator, Marine & Harbour, ETSA, Savings Bank, Baulderstone and Railway cricket clubs all fielded teams ATCA teams at various times during the association’s history.

15 year player life membership of ATCA was also presented to Mr N.W. Jones of the Glenelg Stragglers Cricket Club, sadly little is know of the history of this club.

ATCA continued to develop and this resultant expansion saw the necessity of appointing Mr Reg Duffy to the position of General Manager in 1981 a position he held until 1993.

The Association now has a much greater involvement from community based clubs and this has seen the development of a strong competition providing playing and umpiring opportunities for a varied range of competitors.

With the development of the community based club structure, it also became necessary to incorporate a junior competition at U/15 and U/17 levels providing a clear pathway for young cricketers to move into senior representation without having to change clubs at this important stage of their development.

The junior competition of ATCA currently incorporates 57 teams with more club enquiries continuing to be fielded.

The ATCA has continued to meet the needs of it’s ever changing environment and maintains it’s involvement with cricket at a grass roots level by dealing local councils, schools and the SACA to ensure the best possible facilities are available to its players.

ATCA is justifiably proud of it’s strong history and plans are in place to ensure the association’s long term involvement with the clubs, players and supporters who enjoy the greatest game of all – cricket.

 ATCA Historical Statistics