History of the club

The Kareela Reserve based club celebrated its 40th season this year, and has come a long way from when Keith Skeen helped create it in 1975 with D. Channells, M Leo.

“Doonside needed its own cricket club. People in the area didn’t feel the Blacktown City or
Blacktown Workers clubs represented the suburb,” Skeen said.
“The field was a dirt track for years, and it took a long time to get the council on board to give us a hand.
“Everyone at the club worked hard to help build it in the early years. It was this hard work

which helped establish the great culture we have today.”


Now more than 100 players pull on the Doonside whites during cricket season for one of nine teams.

Family comes first at the club, with multiple generations playing together. Family groups make up more than three quarters of the players who represent the club.

Doonside Cricket Club life member Skeen has played alongside his son, Michael, while his
grandson, Lleyten, also plays at the club.

The club’s 40th birthday was at an event on May 25, 2016, at the Blacktown Workers.

Life members

1) Darryl Channells
2) Keith Skeen
3) George Maddock
4) Julie Maddock
5) Len Jones
6) Paul Deal
7) Don Maddock
8) Eddy Van de poll
9) Pat Hendrick
10) Neil Laughlin
11) Rick Jones
12) Graham Boyd
13) David McLeod
14) Michael Knoll

20 year players

1) Keith Skeen
2) Ashley Bell
3) David McLeod
4) Julian Verrier
5) Graham Lemon
6) Nathan Van de poll
7) Michael Knoll
8) Mark O'Connor
9) Neil Laughlin
10) Rick Jones