Despite losses Park Beach keen
WICKETKEEPER Matt Rose will lead Park Beach Bowling Club Colts when its premiership defence begins today against Bellingen at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park.
Club president (and middle order batsman) Neil Coogan said Rose was the popular choice to captain the side following the retirement of grand final skipper Chris Moran.
“Rosey is one of the most experienced players in the association and he’s led the team many times before,” he said.
In a double blow to batting depth, Colts have also lost the competition’s most talented player Craig Haworth, who has moved to live in South Australia.
“Instead of looking at what we’ve lost, I’m being positive about this and say it’s a case of ‘opportunity knocks’ for young batsman wanting to make a reputation,” Coogan said.
“We’re just as strong as we ever were in the bowling department and at this new stage in the club’s history, it’s moving onward and upward.”
Coogan paid tribute to Chris Moran who left Coffs Harbour this week to live in Vanuatu.
However, his son, Codey, is still to complete his schooling and will stay behind for one more season prior to heading off to university in Melbourne.
“Chris is a huge loss to the entire cricket community but thankfully will remain part of the club through the internet,” Coogan added.
“He leaves behind a fantastic structure with four level-one coaches in the club, enormous depth which allows us to put six senior teams on the field this summer and a genuine chance of giving the club championship a real shake.
“Among the under-16s there’s a bunch of very talented players and we’ll give them every opportunity to succeed this season by matching them with more experienced players.
“This time, it’s about opportunity.”
A lack of numbers has seen Nana Glen withdraw from the first grade competition which has meant a change to the fixture which was drawn up.
While Colts face Bellingen who are returning to first grade competition this summer, Sawtell will be facing Coffs Tigers at Richardson Park and Dorrigo play host to Diggers Ex-Services.
All first grade clashes are two-day matches.