Top talent keen to give back
One of Karratha’s best cricketers is looking to share his experience with the Pilbara’s future batting and bowling guns to help grow the local competition.
Fresh from a stint coaching in the Netherlands, Corey Rutgers has returned to the blue skies of the Pilbara, keen to take local rising talent under his wing.
Rutgers said he wanted to use his overseas coaching experience to help the local competition continue to grow. “The West Pilbara Cricket Association has been a great journey,” he said.
“When I started playing up here six years ago, it was full of nice, friendly guys ... but the standard wasn’t amazing. “It was pretty casual.” Over the past five years, the WPCA country side has gone from C-grade to this season where they will be competing in A-grade, a huge achievement for a small regional association.
“We umpire our own games and make ends meet with what we have but we make it work and things have really really worked out up here,” Rutgers said.
He said the success of the seniors would hopefully keep more of the young players in the game.
“That’s part of the reason I wanted to come back this year as well — hopefully give back to the community, which has done a lot for me,” he said.
“Now that I’ve got all my coaching certificates I’d love to be able to get out with the youth offering one-on-one and group sessions.
“With cricket, you have batting, bowling, fielding and everything can be worked on.
“But if someone wants to specifically focus on batting, we’ll work on that and hopefully further improve the standard of cricket up here.
“There’s always a way to get yourself involved in the game.
“I am just up here to try help out as much as I can.”
Rutgers will be running training sessions over summer and can be contacted on CRutgers89@hotmail.com or 0431 346 239.
Corey Rutgers hopes to use his overseas coaching experience in the Pilbara.