Preview. Former Wynyard player Scott “Soupy” Blizzard has returned home to coach the recently merged Trowutta-Combine Cricket Club barely a year into its existence.
Just over 12 months ago, Trowutta and Combine cricket clubs faced player shortages at training, merging to form a new entity with the aim of maintaining a four-club league in Circular Head.
A new name, new sides and a maiden A Grade Grand Final appearance followed, and now, Soupy is hoping to take the combined venture to even greater heights this season.
“It’s nice to be back, I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I don’t know much about our young boys. I’ve got plenty of help [in] Burgo (Brent Burgess) and Tucky (Aaron Tuxworth) – I’m relying on those blokes to come down and give me a hand.”
Having played in the CHCA with Combine for a large part of his career, Soupy spent the past three years along the coast before deciding to complete the move back to TC to take up the A Grade’s coaching role.
“It’s a different side: we’ve lost a few, picked up a few,” he said.
“It’ll just give a couple of young fellas the chance to get up to A Grade and have a crack. I’d like to get more experience into them.”
In 2013/14, TC’s A Grade side won four matches, drew one and lost seven to finish third; the B Grade side narrowly missed out on finals with three wins for the season; and the U/16s also finished third with three wins, a draw and eight losses.
“Everyone wants to play finals,” Soupy said of his goals for this season. “As long as we’re competitive for most of our games, you never know what might happen.”
TC’s B Grade coach Leigh Grey, who took on the role with the newly merged side after two years of coaching at Combine, is putting his hand up again with the hope of improving on last season’s results.
He described the grade as a stepping stone, mixing experience with youth through “a few older blokes helping the younger kids out”.
“It’s good for the kids, to try and help them out and push them up,” Grey said.
“Hopefully we make finals this year, and just work on the kids mainly – their batting and bowling.”
A Grade: Scott Blizzard
B Grade: Leigh Grey
U/16: Jason Hunt