Top tal­ent keen to give back

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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@hot­ or 0431 346 239.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Corey Rut­gers hopes to use his over­seas coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the Pil­bara.

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