Juniors lined up at crease
CRICKET: The Whitsunday Junior Cricket season is just around the corner, with organisers hoping for their biggest season yet.
The 2016/17 season begins on Friday, October 7 and it will coincide with sign-on day, with a Queensland Cricket development officer on hand from 4-6pm.
In what is shaping up to be a big year for junior cricket, the club is seeking interested parties to complete a level one coaching course with Cricket Coaches Australia, as well as new shirt sponsors, and is also looking at developing a new mascot and logo.
Whitsunday will be looking to play four inter-town games this season, including two against traditional rivals Bowen and one against Home Hill and a team from Mackay.
MyCricket co-ordinator Melinda Dwyer said they were always looking to improve cricket in the region.
"We are always trying to get bigger and a bit more involved with the representative cricket in Mackay to create more of a pathway to go on to further development for players,” she said.
"We'd also like to get more people into coaching and we're hoping to get parents to do the coaching course this year.
"The club is currently seeking people interested in completing a level one coaching course with Cricket Coaches Australia.”
Coaching for players will start in the second week back at 4pm, with a day yet to be confirmed.
Dwyer said they were likely to have Milo Have-A-Go Cricket and field under-10, under-12/13 and under-16 teams this season, with teams ensuring kids of all ages could have a go.
The club also recently received a $1500 grant from Whitsunday Regional Council to replace its canteen fridge.
Players wishing to sign up for the upcoming season can visit www.playcricket .com.au and click on "where can I play cricket” and enter postcode 4800.
To start the cricket season, last Friday the club hosted a special cricket clinic with former Australian international Geoff Dymock in Proserpine, where participants ran through a number of batting, bowling and fielding drills.
For help registering or to register interest for one of the club programs, visit the clubhouse on Friday afternoons when the season starts or contact Melinda Dwyer on 0424599722.