How­long Cricket Club ap­point new se­nior coach

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) - BY SARAH DEAN

Ex­cite­ment is build­ing at the How­long Cricket Club af­ter the re­cent an­nounce­ment of past premier­ship player Tim Sey­mour re­turn­ing to coach the se­nior side in the up­com­ing sea­son.

How­long Cricket Club Pres­i­dent Doug Nielsen said Sey­mour would bring a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to the club, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing the ju­nior play­ers.

“He’s ter­rific, he will be great for our club,” Nielsen said.

“His fo­cus is great and he’s a re­ally good crick­eter.”

Sey­mour played in the last win­ning HCC se­nior premier­ship side in the Wodonga Dis­trict Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion back in 2004 be­fore the as­so­ci­a­tion merged with Cricket Al­buryWodonga.

“Since then he’s been liv­ing up near Nhill in west­ern Vic­to­ria and he’s back here now,” Nielsen said.

“He played one game with us last year and then we ne­go­ti­ated with him and he was more than happy to re­turn as a coach.

“His big fo­cus will be on de­vel­op­ing the ju­niors as we have got a lot of good kids.

“He’s not a 20-year-old any­more, he’s in his thir­ties and ready to take on this coach­ing role.”

The Free Press spoke to Sey­mour who is ex­cited to take on the role.

“It will be good to be back and try and help some of the kids, I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” he said.

The car­pen­ter by trade was born in Wodonga and played most of his cricket in Tum­barumba.

It wasn’t un­til he moved back to Al­buryWodonga and fin­ished his ap­pren­tice­ship that he went and played for the How­long Cricket Club.

“I played with How­long for one year and it was the year we won the premier­ship and that was my last year play­ing for 12 years, I have only just come back to cricket in the last cou­ple of years,” Sey­mour said.

Af­ter How­long, he moved to Cairns for a work op­por­tu­nity and to play football.

Sey­mour lived in Cairns for five years be­fore mov­ing to Nhill and then back here to How­long to be closer to fam­ily and friends.

“It’s go­ing to be a good ex­pe­ri­ence for me, I have coached footy be­fore when I was in Cairns in 2011 and Stawell in 2013, which is a club in the Hor­sham League,” he said.

“Coach­ing footy was a real eye-opener, so hope­fully I can help out a bit more at a cricket level.”

Sey­mour said his pas­sion for cricket was on the same level as his love of football.

“Dur­ing win­ter it’s about footy and dur­ing sum­mer it’s about cricket,” he said.

“I think I have played enough cricket over the past 15 to 20 years to sort of hand­ball a lot of my ex­pe­ri­ence onto the kids.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence, to­gether with some of the other guys around the club, might ac­tu­ally get them to un­der­stand how cricket is ac­tu­ally played and I feel the dif­fer­ent el­e­ments about cricket, not just bat­ting, bowl­ing and field­ing.”

Sey­mour is look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with the play­ers and be­lieves they could have a strong side mov­ing into the sea­son.

“With the young guys that we have got in se­niors, we could have a strong side but it’s just go­ing to take a lit­tle work to teach them a few things about the game, pa­tience and things like that,” he said.

“We are in the process of touch­ing base with the crick­eters from last year and see­ing where they are at and what their plans are, hope­fully we can hold onto 90 per­cent of them and pick up a few along the way.”

Sey­mour said he no­ticed a few things at the game he played for How­long last year that could be im­proved upon, par­tic­u­larly with the ju­niors.

“It hap­pens with all ju­niors where they go at it like a bull at a gate, so to speak, but we need to try and in­stil pa­tience with their bat­ting and bowl­ing and tech­nique wise just try and give them con­fi­dence to play like an adult,” he said.

On Sun­day, the club held a suc­cess­ful fam­ily bar­be­cue and meet the coach day.

The club has ap­pointed Scott Vin­cent as A Grade Cap­tain for the new sea­son.

Fur­ther de­ci­sions are pend­ing in re­gard to B and C Grade Cap­tains, along with for­mal­i­sa­tion of ju­nior coach­ing roles.

Past How­long Cricket Club premier­ship player Tim Sey­mour has re­turned to the club as se­nior coach.

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