History of Ray Sutton Shield (Under 13 Competition)
In 1979-80, the South Australia Cricket Association programmed and managed the under-13 boys “Savings Bank Shield Competition”. For this initial season, twelve Clubs, including Edwardstown and Salisbury, were split into four groups.
At the conclusion of the minor round matches, the winners in each group played in semi-finals to determine the teams to compete in the final.
The final was played on Adelaide No 2 and Sturt defeated East Torrens.
The 1982-83 competition saw a change of format from the previous concept of four zones. To give a greater depth to the series, the teams were grouped in two zones of six, allowing for each team to play each other once.
The competition was briefly referred to as the “State Bank Shield” from 1984-85 until 1990-91. After this time, the competition has been known as the Ray Sutton Shield, in recognition of the man whose idea and initiative it was to begin this competition.
Sutton began his cricket administration career at Prospect as Secretary, and during his time there, Prospect won seven premierships in eleven years. He joined the SACA in 1980 as the District Cricket Coordinator and during the next 10 years was instrumental in establishing this junior competition. After retiring in 1990 as the SACA Cricket Coordinator, the competition was named in his honour.
Today, the Ray Sutton Shield competition acts as an introduction for young crickets to Grade cricket. Clubs are split into two geographical zones with games exhibiting the best primary school cricketers from each zone. Six rounds have been scheduled on Sunday afternoons (including a semi final round) and provides players with a chance to utilize the best Grade club facilities.
|1982-83||Edwardstown||1993-94||Tea Tree Gully||2004-05||Southern District|
|1983-84||East Torrens||1994-95||Sturt (Blue)||2005-06||West Torrens|
|1984-85||Tea Tree Gully||1995-96||Adelaide (Gold)||2006-07||Kensington|
|1985-86||Tea Tree Gully||1996-97||Prospect||2007-08||Kensington|
|1986-87||West Torrens||1997-98||Northern Districts (Orange)||2008-09||West Torrens|
|1989-90||East Torrens||2000-01||Tea Tree Gully||2011-12||Kensington|
|1990-91||East Torrens||2001-02||Southern District||2012-13||Glenelg|