Tatura Cricket Club is putting a positive outlook on the 2013-14 season, following the appointment of a new president James Pike and a new A-grade captain Travis Thomson.By Bob Nicol
Pike has taken over from Rohan Forster who ‘‘did a fantastic job for the club and left it financially sound’’.
Everything is looking good for the coming season, Mr Pike told the Guardian on Thursday.
‘‘Travis is on the front foot and already talking to players new and old.’’
Pike said the club could have a few players who have not played for a couple of seasons rejoin, which is good news.
‘‘In A-grade, the emphasis will be on youth and developing younger players,’’ he said.
‘‘We also have a bloke, Stuart Allansford, coming over from Ireland this season which is exciting.
‘‘We understand his father captained Ireland in the World Cup.’’
Thomson, an all-rounder, is no stranger to the club, having played with Tatura a few seasons ago before taking some time off to travel.
He said he was looking forward to the challenge ahead, catching up with players and presenting a formidable combination for the 2013-14 season.
Tatura Cricket Club is also looking for success in other grades after the announcement of coaches for the upcoming season.
Pike will coach B-grade, Gary Dealy C-grade, Ian Petherick under-16, Pike and Gary Dealy under-14 and Rohan Forster under-12.
Mr Pike said one highlight of the season would be the raffle or auction of a specially packaged, limited edition cricket bat (pictured), signed by former Australian test cricketer Mike Hussey, which has been kindly donated by Commonwealth Bank Tatura.
He took the opportunity to thank the bank and its staff for supporting the Tatura Cricket Club.
Pike said while the club was still to work out whether to auction or raffle the bat, it would occur during the cricket season, possibly later this year.
Also to be finalised is the running of Milo Cricket for the juniors.
Pike said it was hoped to have the program off and running prior to Christmas.
The Tatura Cricket Club will hold a working bee at Howley oval on August 31 at 10 am, and Pike is asking all cricketers and supporters of the club to attend.
Thomson said the first official training for the club would take place on Sunday, September 8, and those interested in playing for the club in 2013-14, were invited to attend.
Pike said along with the club’s major sponsors, CPA Packers, Pizza Nostra, Victoria Hotel, Anthony Devine Plumbing and Peter Kennedy Landscaping, he was looking forward to a productive cricket season.
Anyone interested in playing cricket this season can phone Pike on 0418 242 501.
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