Cricket Academy

Head Coach – Tony Sail

– Thirty years teaching experience in physical education, English and Social Science
– Director of the Elite Player Development for Auckland Cricket from 1998 to 1999
– Coach of the Auckland Aces National title-winning team from 1999 to 2002
– Coach of the NZ Development Team 1995
– NZC Level III (elite)
– ACB Level III
– ICEP (Massey University)

Mr Sail is assisted by other willing staff who volunteer their time and skill.

Academy Objectives

The Cricket Academy programme is geared to expose participants to high-quality coaching in a wide range of cricket-specific skills and to provide them with quality cricketing experiences.

The focus is on producing cricketers who develop their recognised potential and to equip them with the necessary technical, mental and physical skills to perform at a higher level than school cricket.

A competitive First XI will be a by-product of the process as will be the extension of the MAGS cricket culture into all other cricket teams within the school. The programme will be underpinned in all aspects by the MAGS Way set of values.

Overseas tours are used from time to time to extend the cricketing experiences of cricketers at MAGS. Destinations may include Australia, England and Europe.

Cricket Academy Curriculum Programmes

Years 9 and 10

Players are selected for their respective year level Academy Squad. Mr Tony Sail teaches these classes for two periods a week. The course is based on New Zealand Cricket’s Junior Development Programme. Nutrition, mental skills, technical skills, fitness and leadership are included in the programme.


MAGS has held a strong place in Auckland Cricket since becoming one of five original members of the Secondary Schools’ Cricket Association in 1925 and dominating the competition in the early years.
Eight Old Boys have represented New Zealand at International level.

Albertian Black Caps:
Jack Cowie, Richard De Groen, Trevor Franklin, John Hayes, Gifford Vivian, Graham Vivian, Merv Wallace MNZM, Lindsay Weir

Playing Fields

The School has two artificial all-weather playing surfaces. The Number One turf pitch is a high quality surface and the outfield is flat and superbly grassed. With raised viewing areas and terrace seating the ground provides a picturesque playing area.

There are six netted all-weather surfaces for training purposes as well as six all-weather tennis courts ideal for skill drills. A quality gymnasium and indoor training nets on our doorstep complete the resources available.

For more information about the Mount Albert Grammar School cricket programmes contact:

Tony Sail
Director of Cricket
e-mail: [email protected]

Sports Administration
8462044, ext 8136
e-mail: [email protected]