Top coaches for ju­nior cricket clinic

The Northern Star - - SPORT / RACING -

A FREE ju­nior cricket coach­ing clinic will be run by Casino Cava­liers on Satur­day.

The clinic will be held from 9.30am at the Queen Elizabeth Park nets.

The ses­sion will be headed by for­mer Cava­liers play­ers Michael Wood and Sam Irvine along with for­mer NSW and Queensland rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kate Row­lands.

Wood is a Cricket Aus­tralia Level 3 high per­for­mance coach. He di­vides his time coach­ing at Syd­ney Premier Grade club Rand­wick Petersham, as a per­sonal coach to some New South Wales con­tracted play­ers and, when he’s home in Casino/Lis­more, he con­tin­ues to coach promis­ing play­ers.

Irvine rep­re­sented NSW Coun­try as a right-handed bats­man.

For the Cava­liers, he ac­cu­mu­lated more than 6000 runs at an av­er­age of 50 and took 13 wick­ets.

His in­nings of 215 not out to help the Cava­liers chase down the im­pos­ing Tin­ten­bar-East Bal­lina to­tal of 398 in the 2007-08 fi­nal is rated one of the best in the his­tory of the FNC LJ Hooker League.

Row­lands rep­re­sented New South Wales at Un­der-15 and Un­der-18 level be­fore go­ing on to be part of the Queensland Fire squad.

“It’s an awe­some line-up of coaches and we are all look­ing for­ward to see­ing the young crick­et­ing tal­ent in Casino,” Wood said.

“A few years ago, when I was the re­gional di­rec­tor of coach­ing (2012-2015), there was amaz­ing depth and strength in Casino’s ju­nior ranks.

“It’s im­por­tant for the on­go­ing suc­cess of the Casino grade com­pe­ti­tion, the Cava­liers and re­gional sides.

“There is great sense of pos­i­tiv­ity and pride in Casino cricket again, headed by great peo­ple on the se­nior and ju­nior com­mit­tees.”

Fol­low­ing the ju­nior coach­ing ses­sion, the Cava­liers will have their pre-sea­son launch with a Cava­liers Old Boys v Casino Cava­liers game start­ing at 1pm.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

IDEAS MAN: Cricket coach Michael Wood (right) works with play­ers at the Rand­wick Petersham club in Syd­ney.

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