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AFTER finishing runners-up to Kilcun-
da-Bass in last year’s A2 grand final,
Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL is aiming to
go one step further this season.
The club will welcome a new senior captain-
coach, Jake Guinan, from England this year and
with him comes another Englishman, Jack Hale.
Guinan is now first eleven captain of Whitstable
Cricket Club in the Kent League, and a hard hitting
middle order bat and handy spin bowler.
Hale, 22, is from Plymouth Cricket Club and
plays in the club’s first eleven as a top order bat
and spin bowler.
He has played extensive representative cricket
from a young age.
Ben Davison has returned to the club as assis-
tant coach and will bring his considerable experi-
ence and enthusiasm to the role.
Club president Paris Buckley said, “We are also
expecting several new players as well as a couple
of players who are returning to the club after short
The Cougars will field senior sides in A2, B2
and C2, and junior teams in 12s, 14s, an all girls
14s side, and 16s.
The all girls team is a first and comes on the
back of rising interest in cricket from girls.
The Cougars’ Under 16s will be aiming for suc-
cess again as reigning premiers.
Buckley is pleased with player numbers so far.
“Everyone is keen,” he said.
The club’s three new full sized bowling nets at
the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve will hopefully
be ready to use at the start of the season and were
built with a grant from the State Government’s
2016-2017 Community Sports Infrastructure
“The grant of approximately $120,000 will en-
able our very proud club to proceed with the de-
molition and construction of three training nets,
drainage, irrigation and surface reinstatement on
the oval,” Buckley said.
At the end of this season, the club will turn its
attention to improving drainage and installing ad-
ditional sprinklers at the reserve, which is prone to
being saturated and unavailable to be used earlier
in the season.
The Cougars came together on Sunday, Octo-
ber 2 for the opening of the club’s renovated clu-
brooms. New carpet has been laid, and the rooms
extended and painted.
Leading the Cougars this season are president
Buckley, vice president Nick Arnup, treasurer
Jenny Buckland, secretary Debbie Vanstone and
general committee members Len Buckland, Lau-
ra Rockall, Jodie Arnup, John Manicaro, Kevin
Thorne and Brad Anderson.
Welcome aboard: from left, Paris Buckley (president) with son William, Ben Davison (as-
sistant coach), with English imports Jake Guinan (captain/coach) and Jack Hale.
English recruits buoy Cougars
THIS grew out of last
season’s LDCA Girls
competition with 48
players fielded over a
14 week competition.
RSL Cricket Club’s all girls
team was strongly driven
by Britney Thomas. Several
others - Bianca Proudlock,
Ruby Mattingly and some
of the new arrivals - also
promoted the idea of form-
ing a team.
Courtney Walker and
Jen Bals who had been
mentored by Chelsea Mo-
script and Jade Ellams had
in turn acted as important
This mentoring has been
evident at other events such
as the Gippsland Girls Car-
nival which has been run-
ning since 2002 and has had
up to 184 girls participate in
any given year.
This carnival is conduct-
ed in the Latrobe Valley as it
is central to the region.
South Gippsland regu-
larly contributes a large
number of girls for the event
which is conducted central-
ly in the Latrobe Valley.
In Leongatha last year
Cricket Victoria and the
Gippsland Cricket League
ran a not for profit holiday
programme over two days
that attracted 96 participants
including 18 girls.
Southern Stars captain,
Jodie Fields and State rep,
Courtney Brown filled the
Girls’ cricket is increas-
ingly popular and this sea-
son the number of clubs is
anticipated to grow from
four to at least six teams.
One of the new teams
will be fielded by Koon-
warra/Leongatha RSL that
has entered an all girls team
in the LDCA U14 (pre-
dominantly a Boys’ cricket
This competition is con-
ducted via a modified rules
format that ensures that all
players get to bat, bowl,
field and wicket keep in
The games are 20 over
innings and some evenings
see two games played.
The aim is to develop
the skills of the players in
an engaging and fun envi-
ronment with theme nights
such as funny wig dress ups
or Halloween matches.
The age range is 10-14
which includes a couple of
older role models in each
team to act as coaches and
The Gippsland Cricket
League is hoping to in-
crease the number of teams
from the four that played
last year to six to eight this
Promotions will be
conducted soon with girls
encouraged to form teams
from their schools.
Any girls interested in
either or both the KLRSL
CC team and the LDCA
Junior Girls Competition
should call Rob Wood (0408
820 582) or Greg Matting-
ley for the Foster area (0419
Training for the Koon-
warra team is conducted
on Monday and Wednes-
day evenings from 4pm to
5.30pm at Mary MacKillop
After a year in recess
the LDCA plans to enter a
Senior Women’s team in the
Gippsland Cricket League
This competition has
been running since 2002
and has produced many
players who have gone onto
play Women’s Premier and
Again, anyone interested
please contact Rob Wood.
Games are played every
second and third Sunday.
There will be a Come
‘n Try Day this Sunday,
October 9 from 11am fol-
lowed by a barbecue lunch
at the Koonwarra Recre-
Girls’ cricket will bowl you over
Shaping up: the all girls team to front up for
Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL this season came into
existent with a supreme effort by Britney Thomas
in the middle of the group wearing the long white
The official launch for
the LDCA girls team is on
Sunday, October 16 (details
TBC) with the season start-
ing on November 7 at 4pm
at the Town Cricket Club
ovals (Leongatha Primary
The Gippsland Cricket
League is looking for spon-
sors or a major sponsor
to assist with subsidising
junior cricket camps and
WHAT is it with little out of the way
Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak that it can
lose several players including the associa-
tion’s batsman with the lead average and
yet still field four teams and remain su-
premely confident of going all the way?
Several larger town clubs struggling to field vi-
able teams would love to know the secret but to Russ
White the president of OMK it is as simple as ABC:
the success of OMK rides on it having a good family
And yes, that is obviously of great importance to
building numbers at a club, but there is more to it
than that: take a look at OMK’s facebook page, note
when it was last updated and then check in on a few
other clubs and compare.
Last year the club fielded four teams which each
finished top of the ladder.
This season it is hoping to field Under 12 and
Under 16 teams and for the first time will offer Milo
Cricket (contact Junior cricket coordinator Craig
Walker 0419839654 or Russ White 0409574334).
White said, “We won’t far off the mark again,
numbers are good.”
An opening bowler, Jamie Dewell, from the south
of England arrived last Wednesday night.
He returns to Australia after a reasonably good
season playing in the Traralgon and District Cricket
Association last year.
Jason Wilson who led the association’s batting
average last year has left the club as have Alan Jen-
kins who has gone to Poowong Loch and Jake Co-
cherin who has gone to Cranbourne.
All the same, and as a mark of the depth of the
club’s talent, White said, “We have guys who will
step up and we are confident they will fill the shoes
of those who have left.”
The club sees this as an opportunity, not as a loss.
Diggers are winners
Six years ago Daniel Lloyd arrived at the club
from England and stayed.
This year he takes over as the coach of the first
And the news at OMK gets even bigger with a per-
mit granted for the development of a second oval.
With four teams this new oval is critical to club co-
hesion and will allow C1 and C2 to play at home when
home rather than elsewhere as has been the case.
At a cost of between $90,000 and $100,000 it is a
not insignificant investment.
What to call its new ground which it hopes to have
operating at 375 Outtrim Moyarra Road, Outtrim by
Christmas: Diggers’ Park, of course.
COMING off the back of a major A
Grade premiership win, the Wonthaggi
Workmens is keen to uphold its legacy
The club farewelled stalwart captain and coach Tim
Hooper, who has decided to retire this season.
Tim has been a member of the club since his junior
years. He left the club for 10 years but returned to serve
another 10 years with his beloved club.
He takes with him a wealth of experience.
Gavin Britt has also left the side following a move
The club will still field four senior teams – A1, B1,
C1 and C2 – and three junior teams.
Former Wonthaggi Miners player Ryan Birkett has
been picked up by the Workers, and is an all rounder
who will bring great things to the team.
The Workers have always been a side to contend
with, and this season it plans to bring the club’s young
guns up through the ranks.
Every Workers team slotted into the grand final
last season, but only took one flag home. This season,
they’ll be looking to go one better.
The following captains have been announced; A1
captain James Sheerin and vice captain Ryan Thom-
as, B1 captain Liam Sawyer and vice captain Luke
McGuirk, C1 captain Chad Harvey and vice captain Ian
Barnes, and C2 captain Sam Liddle.
Steve Brann will coach all senior sides and the junior
sides will be coached by Rob Geyer and Brent Ion.
Workers step it up
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