The Jika Cricket Association was originally founded in 1922 and is now known as North Metro Cricket Association.
The Jika Cricket Association was made up of clubs that have been drawn from the northern suburbs of Melbourne. The Association was first mooted in 1921, prompted by the secretary of the Wood Street (Preston) Club, W. Kerr.
Kerr’s club regularly played social matches against other local clubs. An initial meeting between representatives of five clubs made preliminary arrangements for an association, to be called the Preston District Industrial Cricket Association.
Mr Kerr chased other local clubs to invite them to join the proposed new association.
The first Annual General Meeting was held on July 12th 1922, where representatives of four clubs resolved that the Association be formed, and that it be known as the Jika Cricket Association.
By the start to the Association’s second season there were 12 competing clubs, drawn from Northcote, Preston and Reservoir. The third season saw further expansion to 14 clubs, which required the competition to be split into two sections. Through the years, over 250 clubs have played in the Jika Cricket Association.
The North Metro Cricket Association is now one of the largest and most competitive in Victoria with in excess of 2000 players taking the field each week in competitions for all ages.