Walter Taylor Shield

2020 Carnival Dates:
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th January 2020

Carnival Convenor: David Schmude
Email: David

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The 2020 Walter Taylor Shield Under 15’s carnival will be conducted from Thursday 2nd January through to Sunday 5th January.

2020 will be the 28th consecutive year of the Walter Taylor Shield.

In January 2020 we will welcome visiting teams from NSW and QLD.

ACCOMMODATION: We recommend you contact our major sponsor, Armidale Tourist Park, who look forward to welcoming carnival participants and their families during January 2020.

Walter Taylor Shield Dinner:  Venue – TBC, Day & Time – TBC This carnival is  for players, coaches, managers, parents and supporters and for the Presentation of awards to players for the first three matches. There will also be an Auction of signed bats and a silent auction.

Please click on this link to Book and Pay for your Dinner Tickets:

Armidale Walter Taylor Shield Team – 2019

Armidale Team 2019 – Player Profiles

Team Member – Mack Orr

ADCA Cricket Club – TAS
School – TAS
Specialty – Wicket keeper / Batsman
Rep Team Selections – Moree U12’s & U14’s
Best Performance – 52 no
Big Bash Team – Sydney Thunder
Cricket Heros – Adam Gilchrist / Pat Cummins

Team Member – Hayden Schumacher

ADCA Cricket Club – Hillgrove Colts
School – O’Connor Chatholic College
Specialty – Off Spin
Rep Team Selections – Armidale 2nds
Best Performance – 77runs, 5 Wickets
Big Bash Team – Melbourne Stars
Cricket Heros – Nathan Lyon

Team Member – Mitch Duddy

ADCA Cricket Club – Hillgrove
School – Glen Innes High
Specialty – Batting Allrounder
Rep Team Selections – Central North Kookaburra Cup, Northern Inland U14’s, Armidale U14’s
Best Performance – 73no
Big Bash Team – Sydney Sixers
Cricket Heros – Ricky Ponting / Steve Smith


Team Member – Sam Johnson

ADCA Cricket Club – Hillgrove
School – O’Connor Catholic College
Specialty – Batsman
Rep Team Selections – School Rep, NICC, Central North, U13 State Challenge

Best Performance – 85
Big Bash Team – Sydney Thunder
Cricket Heros – Steve Smith


Team Member – Ryan Simpson

ADCA Cricket Club – Hillgrove
School – O’Connor Catholic Collge
Specialty – Bowling All-rounder
Rep Team Selections – Armidale, NICC, Central North
Best Performance – 7-28 & 91runs
Big Bash Team – Sydney Thunder
Cricket Heros – Peter Handscombe, Josh Hazelwood, Greg Johnson


Team Member – James Phelps

ADCA Cricket Club – TAS
School – The Armidale School
Specialty – Leg Spin Bowler
Rep Team Selections – Moree U12’s, Armidale U14’s, Tas Toad Cup Team, Wiburd Shield Team, Nth Inland Academy
Best Performance – 4/3 & 50no
Big Bash Team – Sydney Sixers
Cricket Heros – Ben Heagney





Armidale’s Walter Taylor Shield team on Day 3 of the 2017 Walter Taylor Shield carnival – our Pink Stumps Day (led by visiting team West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook). The day coincided with Jane McGrath Day at the Sydney Test match.
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Some members of the 2016 Armidale team enjoying some time
on the jumping pillow at the Armidale Tourist Park.

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Armidale’s 2016 Walter Taylor Shield Team
Back: Michael Dennis (Carnival Convenor), Lucas Atkin, Daniel Boyd, BJ Cameron, Joshua Stace, Blake Cameron, Joe Alcorn, Adrian Cameron (Coach)
Front: Henry Smith, Sam Marshall, Sam Jeyakumar, Tom Smith, Kieran Dennis, Toby Smith

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About Walter Taylor (1918-2004)
A Cricketer and a Gentleman

Walter Taylor

Walter TaylorThe Walter Taylor Shield Carnival is named in honour of one of the District’s most successful former representative cricketers. Walter Taylor represented Armidale, Northern Tablelands and Northern NSW as an outstanding batsman and a very handy bowler over several decades.

In 1939, as a member of the Northern NSW side touring Tasmania, Taylor scored 286 runs in 12 innings and took 35 wickets to top the bowling.

A decade later, in 1949, he captained the North and North West teams, in which he scored 90 against Illawarra and 100 against Dalby, and was selected to play for Northern NSW.

In 1958 Taylor opened the innings for New England, which saw him compete against players such as Richie Benaud.

Taylor continued playing representative cricket until well into the 1960’s and always took a keen interest in the sport. He presented the Shield each year until 2003 when ill health prevented him, but still was eager to hear updates on the games from his hospital bed.

Mr. Walter Taylor was born on the 16th of January 1918 and passed away on Sunday, 7th of March 2004. He was an excellent cricketer and a staunch supporter of junior cricket. His legacy will always be the Walter Taylor Shield.