President’s appointment

Hobbie Rutter will take the Circular Head Cricket Association presidency from Glen McLaren ahead of the upcoming season. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

CHCA. The Circular Head Cricket Association will be led by Hobie Rutter as Glen McLaren retires from the role of president this season.

McLaren, who has held the role for two years, says he will remain involved in the sport and will direct his focus to the Smithton Stars Cricket Club in the Burnie Cricket League and the Circular Head Colts in the Cricket North West competition. He has contributed to Combine, Trowutta and Marrawah cricket clubs throughout the past three decades.

Rutter, the current president at Irishtown Cricket Club and coach of three years, will step into the position ahead of the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Having coached Irishtown to a B Grade premiership victory in 2015-16 and been involved in the club for more than a decade, Rutter is motivated for the new role.

The Circular Head Cricket Association season is set to start on Saturday October 28 and will see all four clubs – Forest Stanley, Irishtown, Marrawah and TC Blues – enter one side into the roster.

The structure of the competition will remain the same as last season when the previous A Grade, B Grade and Under 16 rosters were combined to create one all ages grade following the move of two Circular Head teams – Smithton Stars and Forest Stanley Demons – to the Burnie Cricket League.

The outgoing and incoming presidents agree the future of the association lies in the rejuvenation of a junior competition.

Currently, the association supports an Under 13 and Under 17 Circular Head Colts team in the Cricket North West competition.

“After losing our junior competition, the association need to work hard to replace it otherwise we will struggle to survive and retain players in the future,” said McLaren.

“It’s not going to be easy,” said Rutter.

“We’ll need to work hard with all clubs, starting by supporting Cricket North West and [reintroducing] a local junior comp.”

As Johnny Swan takes on the coaching role of Irishtown, David Buchanan with Forest Stanley, Rocky Poke with Marrawah and Jarrod Williams with TC Blues, Rutter says he expects a high standard of competition.

“It should be fairly competitive with some pretty reasonable players in each club.”

Circular Head Cricket Association will continue to support Milo Cricket and T20 Blast this season, set to start on Friday October 27.

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