Tyson Sidebottom has taken over the reins as Northerners captain from his brother Trent for the upcoming Cricket Shepparton Haisman Shield season.OLIVER CAFFREY July 15, 2014 3:10am
A new guard will lead Northerners as the Cricket Shepparton club looks to build on its stunning run to the Haisman Shield final last season.
Tyson Sidebottom will skipper the A-grade side, taking over from older brother Trent, who has stepped back to focus on playing.
Long-time member Chris Wisely has been appointed president after Kieran Humphrey stood down at the annual general meeting last month.
A Goulburn Valley Football League star at Shepparton Swans, Sidebottom said he was excited about taking on his first senior cricket captaincy role.
‘‘I’ve played at Northerners all my life basically, I played a bit at Karramomus, but it’s good the club is up and going again in A-grade,’’ Sidebottom said.
‘‘I’ve committed to cricket for all of this season — hopefully we go all the way in footy, but once that’s over, it will be all about cricket.
‘‘It’s my first time being captain at senior level, the only time I’ve been captain in cricket was in the under-16s.’’
Sidebottom said the Jets were eager to improve on the seven-wicket final loss to league superpower Central Park-St Brendan’s in March.
The Jets almost took all before them in their first A-grade campaign since 2003-04 after the club only fielded lower grade sides for a decade.
‘‘We had a crack at the premiership, it was great to get there, but we weren’t good enough on the day and our young team will learn from the mistakes and look to get better,’’ Sidebottom said.
‘‘In my opinion, there is probably four teams that can make it — I believe we’re good enough to challenge again, I just think as long as the younger boys keep improving, and maybe if we get another strike bowler to take that next step.’’
Sidebottom said he would be looking to Trent and other experienced players for advice throughout the season.
Trent will remain a vital part of the Jets’ bowling attack after taking the equal most wickets in the competition last season.
Wisely, 29, has spent his entire career with Northerners since starting with Congupna juniors.
He said it was one of the most exciting periods in his time at the club.
‘‘I’m not hoping to change too much, we’re back in A-grade now and got to the grand final, so things are looking pretty good, but we’ll look to become a bit more professional in how we go about things,’’ Wisely said.
‘‘Tyson has got the respect of the playing group, and first thing he wanted was to commit for the full season and also become involved in the captaincy role.’’
Wisely said the Jets could possibly appoint a club coach if the right candidate was available.
The Jets will begin training every Thursday night at Tallygaroopna Recreation Reserve as the new season draws closer.
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