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The Rock-itt : September 2010
Pre season training started in earnest on the Northern Beaches with both senior turf clubs working hard over the weekends of the 14th/15th and 21st/22nd August at the NSW Academy of Sport at Narrabeen. Early starts both weekends in cold conditions (there was even a hail shower on the 15th!) plus some absentees still finishing their summer season in the UK meant that numbers were lower than had been expected. However, some new faces will add to the early competition for places. At Manly "Grade" the return of former Manly fast bowler, Jackson Bird, will ensure the top grade batsmen are on their toes. Jackson last played for Manly in the 2006-07 season and then had a spell with Bankstown where he found success. We all wish Jackson a successful and happy return to Northern Beaches cricket in 2010-11. Jackson Bird in Manly colours JUNIOR REP TRAINING AT NARRABEEN SPORTS ACADEMY Many of the Manly & Warringah cricketers, past and present, are lending a hand to help the up and coming young stars of cricket in their spare time. Two come to mind who are doing a great job; Jack Ritchie, who secured himself a 1st Grade spot at Manly during the 09-10 summer and Aidan Baker, also with 1st Grade games under his belt. Sadly due to a shoulder injury during the rugby season, Aidan will have to sit out and coach up until Christmas. Both these guys are doing a fabulous job with the District Under 11 kids, and we expect that many of these young boys will take good note of what they are being taught and make the grade in 5 or so years time. www.meningreen.com.au Warringah all rounder, Tom Kelly, is also giving up his spare time to help out with the Junior Reps. At Warringah "Shires" Adam "Sharkey" Norman arrived back from Britain recently and looked in fine form in the nets and will be a very good addition to the Club's batting line up. Club Coach Louie McMillan, and ex Manly player himself, will have the greater challenge ahead of him this season with a squad of 55 players at his disposal with the new 5th Grade team. Assisting McMillan will be Northern beaches Batting Guru, Bobby Rollins, a favourite of most young cricketers for his dedication to the job. With the main Ground, Weldon Oval, still in a state of repair due to redevelopment, somehow the squeezing of 5 teams into a Saturday schedule, already tight with Manly's 5th grade playing at Mike Pawley Oval will ensure that the Sydney Cricket Association (SCA) is on its toes. Warringah's 1st Grade team Season 09-10 JUNIOR CRICKET DEVELOPMENT ON THE NORTHERN BEACHES During the winter a great deal of work has gone into working out the Pathway for young cricketers on the Northern Beaches. As a result of this the Manly Junior Cricket Academy which has fielded two teams in "Park" cricket for the past three seasons has found itself with the opportunity to play on turf in the new 5th Grade Shires team. This is where the new talent will be taught to "play on turf", as opposed to Astroturf and both Manly & Warringah have committed a great deal of time and resources to make sure that this first season will be both successful and enjoyable. Watch this space to hear how our junior cricketers evolve out of this initiative.