After five years of playing in purple our Canterbury Kings are returning to red and black!
When the Kings switched from the traditional colours to the royal purple and gold for the 2014/15 season, it caused some divided opinions amongst the Canterbury faithful.
Purple and gold was chosen due to it standing out amongst the traditional red and black Canterbury colours, giving Canterbury Cricket its own identity within the region. Along with the colour change, a new name was adapted with the birth of the Canterbury Kings. The Kings name was chosen to represent the idea of Hagley Oval becoming a castle like structure for the people of Canterbury to get behind and support.
On the switch back to red and black, Canterbury Cricket CEO Jez Curwin said “Canterbury is synonymous with red and black so it’s really exciting that we’re making the move back to our traditional colours. I know that the whole of Canterbury can get behind us and support us in our new colours”.
Within the current men’s squad, only a handful of players have played T20 cricket in the traditional colours including the likes of Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry, Todd Astle, Andrew Ellis and captain Cole McConchie.
Speaking on the newly designed playing kit, McConchie is eager to throw on their new colours.
“Being a home-grown Canterbury boy it’s great to be back in red and black. Purple was exciting but red and black brings back the tradition of Canterbury and I know myself and the rest of the team can’t wait to represent Canterbury in their new kit”.
The new kit will be revealed to the public on December 13th at the Canterbury Super Smash open day from 3pm on Hospital Corner, Hagley Park.