On a high with per­for­mances

TOUR­NA­MENT HELPS FORM ELITE SQUAD

Joondalup Times - - SPORT -

YOUNG­STERS put their best feet for­ward for a cricket tour­na­ment in But­ler last week.

About 80 stu­dents from But­ler, East But­ler, Alkimos and Quinns Beach pri­mary schools vis­ited But­ler Col­lege last Thurs­day for the event um­pired by high school stu­dents do­ing a high per­for­mance cricket pro­gram.

Health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Luke Ed­wards said the March 29 event went re­ally well, with a But­ler Pri­mary team win­ning the tour­na­ment.

“The sports­man­ship and ca­ma­raderie was very good as well,” he said.

“The main rea­son be­hind do­ing that was so I can tal­ent scout for our cricket pro­gram that I’ve been run­ning for the past two years.

“Our feeder pri­mary schools en­ter Year 6 teams and I in­vite tal­ented crick­eters to join our high per­for­mance pro­gram in Year 7 from what I see on the day.

“It also helps build a healthy re­la­tion­ship with our lo­cal pri­mary schools or com­mu­nity and gets those stu­dents a look at what great fa­cil­i­ties we have.

“I was pleas­antly sur­prised with the amount of girls that came down.”

Mr Ed­wards said he hoped that would lead to more join­ing the pro­gram next year, with two Year 7 girls do­ing so this year.

The teacher said the ben­e­fits of play­ing cricket in­cluded the team as­pect and de­vel­op­ing the skills to “think on your feet”.

“There’s a chance for in­di­vid­u­als to shine in a team en­vi­ron­ment,” he said. “My goal is to pro­mote the game of cricket in this area, as the pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing all the time and help young crick­eters ful­fil their po­ten­tial while at school.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the WA Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion ran ac­tiv­i­ties and gave out prizes dur­ing the event.

Lucy Jarvis

But­ler PS (navy) and East But­ler (ochre) get in the spirit of the con­test.

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