SOUTH Gawler Cricket Club has begun its preparations for the 2017/18 Barossa & Light cricket season by appointing Simon Head as its A-grade coach.
Head has been involved with South Gawler for a number of years, particularly through the football club, and through his two sons, Ryan, and Redbacks captain, Travis.
Head said it was a phone call from club president David Barker that put the wheels in motion.
“They gave me the call this year to see if I can come and help out,” he said.
“I wasn’t sold on it at first, then they got me at a weak moment and I said ‘yes’.
“I know a lot of the lads, personally, from my time here, and from my two boys playing footy here, too.
“I played a bit of cricket here, I’ve been involved in junior coaching and cricket directing at Tea Tree Gully.
“I did that for about 10 years with the juniors and then moved into the senior side.”
South finished last season on top of the A1 table, but was defeated by Kapunda in the semi-final, and Head said the side’s destiny is in its own hands.
“The main thing is I want to set up base structures and set up a platform for the club itself, so it can move forward and become a bit more professional,” he said.
“I’m not going to the come here and profess I’ll be a master coach.
“The main challenge is for the playing group…they’ll drive what they want from the season.”
In addition to Head’s signing, the Lions welcomed Chris Graser from Northern Districts.
Graser played A grade at the Jets last season, and has played in England, for Skegness, in 2015, and Shapwick & Polden in 2016.
“The club has done the work to get him,” Head said.
“He’s been at the Jets for the past two years, including some A-grade games.
“I’d expect coming down here he’d be a good acquisition in the batting.”