Newcastle District Cricket Umpire’s Association was formed on the 13th October 1920 to officiate in games conducted by The Newcastle District Cricket Association.
A brief look at the history of the Newcastle District Cricket Association shows that years before the formation of Newcastle District Cricket Association many legendary players and, indeed, historical figures took part in matches in the district.
Future notables such as (Sir) Edmond Barton, Australia’s first Prime Minister, and (Sir) George Dibbs, a Premier of NSW, showed their liking for the game in matches on the old Newcastle Cricket Ground. Barton played for Sydney University against the original Newcastle club in 1872 and Dibbs was a member of the Newcastle club in the 1860’s.
Teams of the early English and Australian internationals showed their style against Northern Districts sides at a time when cricket still was an evolving game among most local enthusiasts.
The Newcastle club, with headquarters at the Newcastle Cricket Ground in Cooks Hill, was acclaimed as the largest in the State when it affiliated with the NSW Cricket Association in 1883. But other clubs were springing up in almost every suburb and outlying centres and Newcastle and Maitland became keen rivals.
The strong partnership between the Newcastle District Cricket Association (NDCA) and the Newcastle District Cricket Umpires Association Inc. (NDCUA) continues today. NDCUA is affiliated with New South Wales Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (NSWCUSA).
The NDCUA meets on the third Wednesday monthly from July to April at The Central Charlestown Leagues Club, 8 Bula Street, Charlestown NSW 2290. New members & registered umpires of other Associations are also always welcome to attend these monthly meetings.
NDCUA umpires have umpired at State and Country NSW level.
The Mission Statement of the NDCUA is to further the growth and development of Cricket Umpiring and to improve the standard and status of its Umpire Members officiating at all levels in Newcastle District Cricket.