McLaren takes on top job

CHCA. Circular Head Cricket Association announced on Monday night that Glen McLaren is the new president for the 2015/16 cricket season.

I see the president’s role is to improve communication and help build relationships between the clubs,” McLaren said.

“[We need] to ensure strong pathways for young, local cricketers who want to go to higher levels throughout the state and maintain a healthy, local competition.”

As well as presidency, McLaren will continue coaching the U/17 Circular Head Colts team as he has done in recent years.

Forest-Stanley, Irishtown, Trowutta-Combine and Marrawah cricket clubs will all field teams in the A and B grades and U/16s roster this season, with two gala days set to kick off the summer sport.

The Tall Timbers Tasmania Twenty20 Cup will be held on Saturday October 24 and 31 for A Grade and U/16s, with three games per grade and day played resulting in the final match under lights.

“It’s great to have Tall Timbers on board again as a major sponsor,” McLaren said.

Irishtown’s president Hobie Rutter is looking forward to a fresh start in the new season welcoming Ben Revell as A Grade coach and co-captain alongside Jacob Finch.

“As a club we are looking at rebuilding after a disappointing year last season,” Rutter said. “We are looking very competitive in all three grades.”

Forest-Stanley coach Jimmy Martin and A Grade captain Kade Bellinger look to improve “all attributes” of their game after recruiting young players over the off-season.

“Our juniors are looking strong,” Martin, who hoped for a “consistently performing side” this season, said.

Trowutta-Combine A Grade coach/captain Scott “Soupy” Blizzard is also hoping to “go one better” this year.

After losing Nick Littlejohn and Brady Horton, the club picks up Isaac Perry and some younger boys stepping up the grades. “I’m looking forward to seeing how our young fells go,” Blizzard said.

Marrawah’s Bhodi Johnston will continue to coach A Grade for the second year running, picking up Sam Poke from Forest-Stanley to contribute in an assistant-coach position.

“I’m looking forward to having another cricket-brain to help out,” Johnston said. “We had a good year last season and hopefully we can continue and build on that.”

Circular Head is hoping to field a representative side to face-off against Wynyard Cricket Club in a practice match away from home on Saturday October 10.

As well as this, due to the popularity of T20, a competition between north-west community associations is also being organised with a finalised roster hoped to be released next week.

“This is a great opportunity for teams to test themselves against other country clubs throughout the north west,” McLaren said.

For more information on the practice match against Wynyard contact Scott Blizzard on 0435 816 776 and for CHCA’s T20 competition contact Glen McLaren on 0467 035 243.

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