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The Rock-itt : July 2011
With the footie season at the mid-way point, cricketers have had their rest from the cricket season and are beginning to look forward to the upcoming season. Programmes are being put in place to return these players to a level of fitness that will enable them to undertake the Grade, Shires, and Reps campaigns. These programmes tend to start at the end of June so expect to see groups of cricketers hitting the streets in the next month. With Manly’s new Head Coach, Dean Gilchrist (older brother of former Australian Test player, Adam Gilchrist) now signed up and on board, the anticipation that a new style and regime of coaching cricket on the Northern Beaches is at its peak. Nearly thirty cricketers attended a meeting in Manly last week to hear what the programme was going to mean to them and to meet the Head Coach and his Assistant Brett Penprase. Everyone expressed their genuine excitement at the prospect of enhancing their cricket under the new regime. The programme lasts until the start of the cricket season in Septem ber and starts on Sunday 3rd July at Palm Beach amongst the sand dunes. A twelve week programme which gradually crescendos to a series of trials at the start of spring is full of different facets; cardio workouts, beach activities, swimming and finally cricket. One of the main changes this year is that the both Clubs have expanded a Pathway programme for junior cricketers to enable them to pass into the Shires and Grade system. Last year’s Tim Creer 5 th Grade side was a huge success and it is hoped that a second team will be launched in September. With coaching being overseen from the top the benefits of consistent messages throughout the Northern Beaches cricket community will be enormous. All coaches will be constantly updated with latest concepts and access to Dean and his team is likely to be exceptional. As Managing Director of locally based SPORTSPRO, a Sports Education and Coaching entity, Dean brings a dedication to his chosen career that his professionalism will be infectious. It is a wonderful opportunity for all aspiring young cricketers and coaches to absorb as much of what Gilly brings to the Beaches. He has unselfishly offered one on one sessions with any players who feel they are needed and we also hope that all coaches take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. JACKSON BIRD OFFERED CONTRACT WITH TASMANIA Manly junior, Jackson Bird has signed a 1 year contract with the Tasm anian squad for the upcoming 2011/12 season. Jackson, a former Australian U19 player, made the trip down to Tasm ania a few months ago for a trial, and the selectors were impressed with his bounce, pace and accuracy. With a few Tasmanians getting Australian contracts, it has opened up a few spots in their roster, and Bird was just what Tassie was looking for. Returning "home" from a couple of seasons with Bankstown, Bird took 54 wickets for Manly in all forms of the game last year at an average of 18.07, and will be missed. The Club wishes him well in his pursuit of a permanent first class contract and we will be watching his progress with pride. In other news, 1st Grade Captain batsman and wicketkeeper for the least two years, Adam Crosthwaite, has signed a contract with the SACA for the Big Bash League and leaves for Adelaide very soon. Adam too will be missed in and around the Club and during his two year tenure on the Beaches he has impressed many and we all wish him good luck too. For Adam, it is the 3rd State that he will be representing in almost as many years. It's going to be an exciting summer for all of us here on the Northern Beaches with new faces appearing at all levels plus we will be watching our former teammates playing at the first class level. With these two players moving on the opportunities for younger players to make a case for their spots are exciting so we hope to fill these columns in the next few months with news of their progress. Report by Simon Lyon, Photos by Ian Bird