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KORUMBURRA Cobras has a new A
Grade captain, coach and opening bats-
man in Michael Giles.
Michael, in his early 30s, hails from Koo Wee
Rup and fits the bill in terms of what the club was
looking for to lift its stocks.
“We needed another top order batsman bowler
and he was keen to coach as well,” said club secre-
tary Allan Summerfield.
As is often the case he has come across to Koru-
mburra with at least one associate; Brayden Browne,
in his early 20s, from Cardinia, an opening, first
change, medium pace bowler who is keen to play on
a turf wicket.
The strength of its numbers at the Junior level,
means the club has enough interests from parents to
field an additional side this year: C2 (A1, B1, C1, C2).
At the Junior level it will field teams in Under 16,
Under 14 and Under 12.
Training has been underway for a good eight
weeks and Summerfield said numbers have been
“Our goal is to get the best out of our players, to
play finals and ultimately to win premierships.
“That being said, winning finals isn’t the be all
and end all of a club,” he said.
“You basically just want to have a good club
people enjoy coming to.
“The coach of course would say different!”
THE Nerrena Cricket Club is putting to-
gether a new look A Grade side for the
2016/17 season, with several younger
players joining the top team.
With a team each in A1, B1, C1, Under 16 and
Under 12, the club is doing well for numbers, par-
ticularly in the junior sections.
Club president Ben Croatto said the players have
been training under new coach Gerard Murphy since
He said while a few players have left, a lot of past
players have also returned to the club.
“We have Gerard Murphy back and Dave Trot-
man has returned to the club as A Grade captain, re-
placing outgoing captain Chris Savage,” he said.
“Other players returning include Charlie Doherty,
Youth shines through at Nerrena
Shaun Helms and Adam Trotto and I expect all of
them to be pushing up for A Grade selection.”
Star batsman Mitchell Clark has gone to the West-
ern District for work and Renish Joy has returned to
India to get married.
“It is going to be a different team this year. It has
been an old A Grade team in the past, now we have a
lot of youth pushing up for the top grade,” Mr Croatto
“Our A Grade team has ended the season as runners
up for the past two years, so we have played well.”
Mr Croatto said this year will be more about get-
ting the youngsters in for a game.
“Two years ago, we won the Under 16 premier-
ship and a lot of those players are now in A and B
Grade,” he said.
Mr Croatto said he is expecting Nathan Trotto, Nick
Battersby, Hayden Funnel, Jarrod Hoy and Adam Trot-
to to be up for selection for A Grade in the first round.
“There could be as many as five changes in round
one from our grand final team,” he said.
“Both B and C grade failed to make the finals last
year, but have been a good nurturing ground for the
young guys, pushing them up.”
Mr Croatto said Jacob Beckwith and James Kelly
will start the year in C Grade, but will also be pushing
up for B and A grade selection this year.
“Shem Murphy, Ben Martin and Ryan Gilliam
will also come into C Grade this year from Under
16,” he said.
The club is aiming to obtain a grant to replace its
nets, which Mr Croatto is hoping to have done by the
start of the next cricket season.
The committee consists of Mr Croatto as presi-
dent, Andrea Funnel as treasurer and Graham Wight-
man is now in his 22nd year of being secretary.
Mr Croatto said the club is looking forward to a
“The way Gerard Murphy has been conducting
training, it has been interesting and different. There is
a great vibe around the place at the moment,” he said.
Top team: from left, Nerrena Cricket Club
C1 captain Brian Gannon, A Grade player
Jarrod Hoy and club coach Gerard Murphy
are ready to play ball this cricket season.
Young guns: bowlers Nathan Trotto and
Nick Battersby are both expected to have a
crack at A Grade selection for the Nerrena
Cricket Club this year.
At the ready: from left, Korumburra Cricket
club’s new captain coach Michael Giles and
assistant coach Kyle Dorman at training in
the indoor gym at the Korumburra Recre-
Lining up: from left, Jacob Whiteside, Under 16; Evan Allaway, Under 16 and C Grade;
Tom Crocker, Under 16 and C Grade; and Jye Celebrine, B Grade are full of enthusiasm to
get out there and do their best for the Cobras in 2016/17.
Looking for success
The club has been building over the last two years
and is hoping to have success on the field.
The ground is beginning to look its best, helped
along with some top dressing and over sowing, get-
ting it nice and level and with good grass cover.
The club house was renovated last season and
this season’s project is to deck the front to provide a
perfect spot to relax and enjoy the action on field.
“We’re about to start building a deck onto the
front of the club rooms,” Summerfield said.
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