Ex­po­sure for ju­nior side

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Tari Jef­fers

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.”

Pic­tures: Tari Jef­fers

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.

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