Saturday, October 19, 2013

Cricket season starts today

COMPETITION in the Southern Cricket Association is under way from today. It seems like just a few weeks ago that the last cricket season had finished, but here we are at the start of the 2013-14 season. All clubs from the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands have been busy preparing for what promises to be an excellent season of cricket.

Molesworth Cricket Club president Craig
Hay, senior coach David Adams and
players Daniel Adams and Nathan Hay.
The Molesworth club is the big mover in regard to new faces. There are all new office-bearers, including a new president in former player Craig Hay and a new coach in former Eagles premiership player David Adams. Adams' appointment has brought a list of new players to the club: brothers Jamie and Daniel Adams who played with Glenorchy in the TCA have joined the club while Nathan Hay from Claremont looks to be a good addition. These players and other shoulds account for their losses and one being the talented Ricky Martin who has transferred to Campania. Their is plenty of excitement around the Molesy boys and with all the hype, one would have to say they will be starting favourites in second grade.

New Norfolk Cricket Club coach Adrian
Eiszele, junior development officer Leigh
Berry and president Jamie Hill.
New Norfolk has retained most of its players from last season and will again be coached by Adrian Eiszele. New Norfolk I finished third last season and will be looking to again be amongst the finals action for 2013-14. Rohan Heron has been appointed captain of New Norfolk I while Stephen Nichols again takes the reins of New Norfolk II. New players Nathan Cashion and Richard Graham will add to what is already a good list.

Bushy Park has done well in the last two seasons in fourth grade and have been put up to second grade. This is a big move for the Park boys, but I'm sure they will be leaving no stone unturned in challenging all comers. Bushy has retained all players from last season and has appointed Jason Crosswell and Troy "Wizard" Smith as joint captains. They also have some new office bearers and along with club stalwart Karen Fenton things should run pretty smoothly both on and off the field.

Gretna Cricket Club young players
Brodie Gleeson and Daniel Browning.
Gretna has retained all but a few players that have moved on, but on the gains they have youngsters Daniel Browning, Brodie Gleeson and Brock Nichols who have come through from the juniors. All three have showed great promise at training. Last season saw Gretna I make the finals for the first time since joining the SCA, finishing fourth. All players are very keen, including Owen Browning who is back after a few seasons coaching the clubs junior sides. Browning's experience will be very valuable, especially to the younger players.

Junior Cricket

JUNIOR cricket is again live and well with three clubs again fielding juniors teams this season. New Norfolk has Under 13s, while Molesworth and Gretna are both running Under 13s and Under 15s. The youth league season starts on Sunday, November 3, and all clubs are looking for more players. If you know of someone that is keen for cricket, contact your nearest club.

The New Norfolk Cricket Club and Glenora District High School are again running Milo in2cricket for ages 5-10 years. New Norfolk has already started and is training on Thursdays and if you wish to join you can contact Leigh Berry on 0400 938 771. Glenora will start with a registration day at the school on Friday October 25 at 4.30pm  and if you wish to sign up you can contact Annie McKenzie at the school on 6286 1301.

Story and photos by WADE GLEESON

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