Colts’ fo­cus still on youth

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - CRICKET By CAM POT­TER

LAST year’s grand fi­nal­ists will con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment of their young core as City Colts prepare them­selves for the 2017/18 sea­son.

With the loss of Cam Not­tle to Greta and both Ja­cob Beat­tie and Hay­den Mur­ray to ACL in­juries the fo­cus on youth is more im­por­tant than ever.

The de­vel­op­ment of play­ers like Fraser El­lis, Ollie Wil­lett, Mitch Gig­gins, Will Creed and Dy­lan Adams is cru­cial.

“We need to keep im­prov­ing, we had a good year last year in mak­ing the grand fi­nal, but only one team can take out the prize; win­ning isn’t the be all and end all,” City Colts cap­tain and coach Kent Braden said.

“We want to build a suc­cess­ful and sus­tain­able cul­ture.

“An­other year of A grade cricket last year will al­low us take an­other step this sea­son.”

In more pos­i­tive news for the Colts, Jay­den Vescio will re­turn from an ACL in­jury, while Mitch Glover and Nick Steb­ny­ckyj have come on board.

LEAD­ING THE WAY: Kent Braden will once again take the reins as the Colts’ cap­tain this sea­son. “Nick will be able to fill the spin role I tried my hand at last year,” Braden said. “Glover will be a longer term prospect, he has had trou­ble with his...

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