Participating teams include Armidale, Ballina, Hastings, Hunter Valley, Lismore, Tamworth, Penrith and West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook
Walter Taylor was born on 16 January 1916 and passed away on Sunday, 7 March 2004. He was an excellent cricketer and a staunch supporter of junior cricket. His legacy will always be the Walter Taylor Shield. The Walter Taylor Shield Carnival is named in his honour as 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 1960s 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.
No matter what time of year you visit, chances are there will be an event or festival in or around Armidale. Events not to be missed include the Autumn Festival, Flix in the Stix, Armidale International Film Festival and A Day On the Green. Other great annual events include Australia Day Festivals in each centre, Armidale Jockey Club's Autumn Racing Festival, Armidale Youth Orchestra Garden Party, New England Outdoor Expo and the NEGS Equestrian events. Do you organise an event that you would like included in the calendar? Please email us.