It is very hard to believe that we are heading quickly towards the start of another cricket season with such unbelievable weather around!
The arena was under water yesterday, the first time in my time in the game when even indoor cricket was rained out. More of concern was the damage that will have taken place with such a volume of water coming in! The clean up is well under way and we hope to be back to normal next week. The HPC remains open as usual as our drainage is better!
We have further developments on our coaching front, with Brett leaving us to take up a cricketing opportunity in Port Elizabeth. We wish him well on his new venture and we are sure that after all of his hard work he will get the chances he deserves there. We have some young coaches lined up to take over once we get the new timetable confirmed. On a very positive note, we are glad to confirm that coach Robbie has turned down the proposition by the Dolphins franchise in KZN and will be staying with us. We are really pleased with this news and thank all of you young cricketers that obviously got to his heart-strings when he was making his decision.
The Complete Cricketer Academy continues to assist young cricketers who are less advantaged, from varying backgrounds. Coach Craig has started up a phenomenal project with a group of boys from Dunoon and we are working with them each Wednesday morning.
These four boys are tremendous youngsters and are showing some very good signs with their cricket. There is plenty of natural talent to work with and they are working hard each week, with massive smiles on their faces.
We have given them some kit that we have and shirts and caps but they still play barefoot and as they develop to hard-ball batting we will need to kit them out better.
On this note, please can you look out for any takkies you may have that have been grown out of and, as we all start to plan more for the new season, any cricket kit that needs to be replaced. The boys vary in size and are all around 13/14 years old. They are not sure what size they are but the estimates seemed to be between size 3 and 7!
If anyone could also help with sandwiches/fruit or soft drinks that would certainly be appreciated by Thembalethu, Lucky, Odwa and Yammkela.
NEW SEASON, NEW SCHEDULE
We are fast approaching the change in school extra-curricular timetables!
Please let me know as soon as possible any changes needed as we work on our schedules for the next term. We are getting busier now with seniors and clubs also turning their attentions to the pre-season.
We cannot wait to see the results of all of the hard work put in by the boys over the winter and are expecting some really good things from our young players.
Yours in cricket,
The Complete Cricketer Coaching team.