Chris Moran.
Chris Moran.

Cricket icon moving to Vanuatu

CRICKET will be poorer following the decision by long-time player and coach Chris Moran to move his family overseas.

Moran has bought a business in Vanuatu and will leave Australia’s sunny shores later this week.

After leading Park Beach Bowling Club Colts to the 2009-10 first grade premiership, he announced his retirement as a player and expressed the desire for more adventures in coaching and administration.

“I think it was something like 37 straight seasons involved with cricket in the area and the time was right for the change,” he said.

“This opportunity came up and was just too good to pass by.

“The lifestyle over there is fantastic and I can’t say at this stage if and when we might be coming back.”

Already, Moran is building his list of contacts in the Pacific and has promised he’ll never be lost to the game.

He’s also dropped a hint there may even be a comeback to the playing ranks, even though development programs will take most of his time.

“I’ll be working with Mark Coles who is the Vanuatu high performance manager,” he revealed.

“They are sending an under-19 side to play in New Zealand next February, and their open grade team is preparing for a tour of Kuwait.

“Getting in on the ground floor is very exciting.”

The good news is Moran won’t be lost to PBBC Colts, thanks to the magic of modern technology.

“The internet keeps us connected and we can continue to share information and even hold coaching sessions over the net,” he revealed.

“I’m keen to watch the progress of some of the kids we’ve put the work into and continue helping them develop their skills.”

Colts president Neil Coogan extended best wishes to his former coach and praised the long-erm contribution to cricket.

“Describing Chris as a cricket icon is fairly apt as there are literally hundreds and hundreds of players, from little kids up to seniors, who have been influenced by him for the better,” he said.

“In our club alone he made an enormous contribution, evidenced by putting six senior sides on the field this summer.

“And we’re pleased he won’t be totally lost, keeping in contact via the internet to act as a mentor to the young blokes still learning the game.”

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