Exposure for junior side
A squad of 15 Warren-Blackwood Junior Cricket Association players will attend their first competition in Bunbury next week.
The team will compete in the Bunbury Districts Junior Cricket Association’s Year 10 competition.
Players from the Warren-Blackwood squad come from across the association, with representatives from Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Manjimup and Pemberton.
Association secretary/treasurer Jodi Johnston said they had never sent a side to a competition before because they had not had the numbers.
“It’s keeping an interest for the boys and is a stepping stone for talent identification from the WACA,” she said.
Johnston said the Warren Blackwood competition normally catered for players aged eight to 14 and this competition provided them with the opportunity to play an unmodified form of cricket.
The competition, which starts October 20 in Bunbury, will have 14 rounds and includes seven home games for the Warren-Blackwood side.
Johnston thanked the sponsors involved for providing shirts for the side.
“We have sponsors from all over the region, which brings us together,” she said.
“If we have the numbers year to year, we’d love to continue this.”
The regular Warren-Blackwood Junior Cricket Association season starts on Saturday, with two games in Manjimup and one in Bridgetown.
Ms Johnston said it was not too late for prospective players to get involved with the junior season.
“Just visit the playcricket website to find your closest team and contact details,” she said.
This year’s season will have 13 rounds and each team will play 10 games.
Another junior cricket opportunity that has opened up is the cricket mega centre being created in the South West.
“It’s so identified, gifted kids don’t have to go to Perth to play,” Ms Johnston said.
“There will be six games in the South West Premier League, which we will enter a under-14s team.”
The new Warren-Blackwood Junior Cricket Association Year 10 team will head to Bunbury next week to compete in their first junior competition and will look good in their new shirts, thanks to the sponsorship of Dave Birnie, rear left, Calvin Perrella and Helen Coole, with support from senior competition helpers Jamie Nicolaou, Mat Johnston and Angelo Femia and side coach Paul Tempra, middle, far right.
Angelo Femia has some catching practice with Zack Johnston, Sebastian Omodei, Harry Gibbs-Hughes, Finlay Phillips Johns and Jared Johnston, all of Manjimup.
Jack Muir, of Manjimup, and Tom Wilson, of Bridgetown, get in some bowling and batting practice.