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BAR­WON Rock­ets coach Brad Hauen­stein says he is con­fi­dent the un­der-21 squad as­sem­bled for this year’s Vic­to­rian Coun­try Cricket League can achieve suc­cess.

The Rock­ets will be boosted by the in­clu­sion of key bats­man Lay­ton McCann from North Gee­long, as well as South Bar­won dy­namo Jor­dan Rossi. Hauen­stein said he could see no rea­son why the Rock­ets would not progress if they played to their po­ten­tial.

“We have got some pretty handy bat­ters and are lucky enough to have Lay­ton McCann from North Gee­long play­ing for us, and he was a Vic Coun­try player last year,” Hauen­stein said.

“We also have Jor­dan Rossi, who has been mak­ing some runs at this level in the last cou­ple of years, and a cou­ple of young quick bowlers that I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing in ac­tion.

“The last few years we have been pretty lucky and haven’t re­ally lost a game, although it de­pends on who you are play­ing.

“We have picked a pretty good squad, so it will be dis­ap­point­ing if we don’t per­form.”

The Rock­ets open their cam­paign to­mor­row when they take on Gipp­s­land Pride at Merv Hughes Oval.

Hauen­stein said that while he was some­what in the dark as to the makeup of the op­po­si­tion, he would in­struct his play­ers to play to their strengths.

“I don’t re­ally know too much about them, but over the years they have been a fairly strong re­gion down that way,” Hauen­stein said.

“We have a fairly young squad but we have got a cou­ple of ex­pe­ri­enced boys who have been in the sys­tem for a few years.

“We will just play con­sis­tent ar­eas early and try to build our way into the game. We know all of th­ese boys can play, so if they ac­cept that it is just a game of cricket and they are in the team be­cause they are good play­ers, their form will hold up if they back them­selves.”

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