2018 Carnival Dates:
Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th January 2018
The 2018 Walter Taylor Shield Under 15’s carnival will be conducted from Tuesday 2nd January through to Friday 5th January.
2018 will be the 26th consecutive year of the Walter Taylor Shield.
In January 2017 we welcomed eight visiting teams to Armidale: Hunter Valley, Lismore, Tamworth, Penrith, Camden Haven, Ballina, Manly Presidents and West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook. We look forward to welcoming these teams back in 2018 and also welcome expressions of interest from other teams and/or clubs. Contact the carnival convenors for more information.
ACCOMMODATION: We recommend you contact our major sponsor, Armidale Tourist Park, who look forward to welcoming carnival participants and their families during January 2018.
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.
Some members of the 2016 Armidale team enjoying some time
on the jumping pillow at the Armidale Tourist Park.
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
About Walter Taylor (1918-2004)
A Cricketer and a Gentleman
The 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.