Riverside’s revival

RIVERSIDE Cricket Club is aiming to bring back its junior grades, for the first time since 2011, for the upcoming 2017/18 Para Districts cricket season.

President Adam Colbourne and aspiring junior coach Josh Colbourne are behind the revival, with the latter being a member of the last group of juniors at the club.

“They’re the future of the club,” Josh said.

“I’d like to coach as well, and keep it alive.

“We’re seeking under 10s, under 12s and under 14s, and we’re sending our flyers to schools.

“If there’s enough numbers we’ll go up to under 16s, but under 10s, 12s and 14s are the main ones.

“We’ve got plenty of blokes that’ll help out.”

The Para Districts Cricket Association has changed the structure of its under 10s competition for the season.

Games will go for 120 minutes, be played on a smaller ground with a smaller bat and ball, and designed for kids who haven’t played cricket before.

“One of the universities on the east coast did a study last year, and they worked out this is the best way to run junior cricket, so our association is running it that way,” Adam said.

“It’s designed to make kids succeed.”

Trainings will be held on weeknights, with games being played in Friday night and Saturday timeslots.

“It’s a good club, a family club,” Josh said.

“No experience is necessary, we’re easygoing.

“The more the merrier, and everyone will get a turn.”

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