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The Rock-itt : August 2011
Many onlookers are probably puzzled; why are all these young Manly cricketers so often seen around the DistrictPre Season training has started in earnest on the Northern Beaches. With July only 2 weeks old, young cricketers are defying the coldest Sydney winter in many years to commence their preparation for the upcoming season. With only 8 weeks to go before players start pulling on their whites for the serious competition, those who want to get a head start for the vacant spots created by retirements and interstate movements have been working hard to get themselves fit. The first session took place at Palm Beach on the 1 st Sunday in July. Sand dunes were the only tools required and these natural features, used properly by the coaches, result in some very strenuous workouts. By the time this edition of the Rock-Itt hits the streets, these keen young m en will have taken apart in another Beach based event, this tim e at Queenscliff. In between times, their energy is tested at the Narrabeen Sports Academy on Wakehurst Parkway and concludes with some tiring cardio work in the indoor swimming/recovery pool. If these players can keep up their work rate, by the time the season proper starts they will be some way ahead of their teammates and hopefully achieve fitness levels that other teams are not able to match. When it comes to the crunch on hot days, these players will be able to use their cricketing skills at the peak of their prowess for longer periods of the game. While there has been little em phasis on ball skills at this stage, I sense that the lads are getting edgy in their anticipation of renewing their cricketing skills; this will occur in August when a combination of cricket skills and endurance skills will start the fine tuning. Warringah Cricket Club Inc. CRICKET PATHWAY FOR JUNIOR CRICKETERS Some people will go to extremes to avoid getting fit. James Boyer (last year’s 5 th Grade wicketkeeper) was hoping to train alongside his dad Greg at Queenscliff, but the older Boyer chose to bring along the family pet and take the soft option to perambulate along the Manly Ocean Beach. Here he is spotted on the prom enade at Manly this weekend. Seriously though, Greg has been meeting Cricket Clubs around the Peninsula and selling his story and had received a very positive response. Apart from the young up and coming cricketers the main beneficiary is Warringah Cricket Club who will field an extra team on turf this summer. Warringah Cricket Club also is commencing its pre season training in mid-July and new Club Coach David Gainsford will be watching his young group with renewed keenness as he makes a return to coaching following a year’s break. Watch out for the Men In Green around the District. Report by Simon Lyon, Photos by Ian Bird Manly’s new Coaching team at Queenscliff – July 2011 (L to R) Assistant Club Coach Brett Penprase, and Head Coach, Dean Gilchrist Sunday morning at Queenscliff before a rugged beach session Pathway Co-or dinator Greg “Butch” Boyer finds an excuse NOT to join in the beach session by br inging along his dog “OZ”