New-look Cy­clones build unity

The Weekend Post - - Sport - ROWAN SPARKES

WHILE most of the re­gion’s cricket lovers will be crackin’ coldies and mould­ing a new butt dent in the couch over the Christ­mas break, play­ers from the com­pe­ti­tion’s new­est team will get to­gether as they put old re­gional ri­val­ries to bed.

The Cas­sowary Coast Cy­clones have been rep­re­sented across three grades of the Cricket Far North sea­son, fol­low­ing the amal­ga­ma­tion of In­n­is­fail, Tully and Mis­sion Beach cricket clubs ear­lier in the year.

The re­turn of the re­gion’s cricket clubs and play­ers to the first-grade com­pe­ti­tion has been wel­comed, af­ter Tully was un­able to field a first-grade team last sea­son, In­n­is­fail for the past two sea­sons, and Mis­sion Beach had never fielded a first-grade side.

Cy­clones A-grade cap­tain Luke McAvoy said the team would be un­der­tak­ing ex­tra train­ing ses­sions over the break, as well as get­ting to­gether un­der more re­laxed cir­cum­stances to fur­ther build club spirit.

“I’ll or­gan­ise a so­cial thing for us be­cause it’s re­ally three clubs com­ing to­gether in se­niors this year,” he said. “It will be good to spend a bit of time to­gether dur­ing the break.

“We’ve got two clubs, in In­n­is­fail and Tully, who have a huge ri­valry in lo­cal sports, par­tic­u­larly in footy but that had played over to cricket in pre­vi­ous years.

“But we’re all get­ting along re­ally well and love play­ing cricket to­gether.

“We don’t look at each other and see In­n­is­fail, Tully or Mis­sion Beach play­ers any­more, we just see Cas­sowary Coast play­ers, which is great.”

McAvoy was im­pressed with the way the teams had been play­ing, con­sid­er­ing it was the club’s first sea­son as a com­bined unit.

“One re­ally good thing is that we’ve all gelled in our teams this year,” he said.

“I know in first grade that’s def­i­nitely the case and our sec­ond-grade side has only lost one of their one-day­ers, so they’re play­ing re­ally well.”

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