Shepparton News

Combine grows in strength as it prepares for a summer BLU

- By Meg Saultry

Bamawm Lockington United will field up to six senior teams in Goulburn Murray Cricket Associatio­n’s upcoming season.

BLU has added a second women’s team to its roster, after the club’s first year in GMC’s A-grade women’s competitio­n surpassed all expectatio­ns.

“We’ve had overwhelmi­ng support for our women’s team with players wanting to play,” club president Matt Hamilton said.

“So we’ve gone ahead and introduced a B-grade team.

“It’s another aspect to the club that brings more people into our community who enjoy each other’s company.

“We’re looking forward to improving the players’ skills while enjoying the game of cricket.’’

Greg Pearse and Justin Guppy will lead the women’s program in 2021-22, while Rathika Rajakumara takes on the senior coaching job for a second year.

Although a season start date is yet to be confirmed, Hamilton said everyone at the club was raring to go.

He also expects a number of inclusions to strengthen all teams across the board.

“We had a pretty big off-season,” Hamilton said.

“They are an enthusiast­ic group and there is good numbers at training.

“We’ve got the two ovals there, so we can spread ourselves out to meet COVID restrictio­ns.

“We’re just waiting for more informatio­n about when the season will commence.’’

Hamilton said the club’s teams would be ready to play whenever and wherever possible once given the green light to do so.

“We’re happy to play in whatever format we’re allowed to play,” he said.

“We’re positive something will take place and we’ll be a muchimprov­ed club moving forward into this season and being more competitiv­e across all grades we put on the park.

“At the end of the day, people are involved in clubs to be around other people.”

BLU will also resume its junior program, as well as its junior, Master Blasters and All-Abilities programs.

‘‘We’re looking forward to having the juniors back to continue their developmen­t into better and competitiv­e cricketers,” Hamilton said.

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