Colac’s youngest Barwon Rockets will take off for state-wide campaigns today.
Warrion paceman Darcy Lang and City United batsman Luke Inglis will travel to Melbourne to represent the region against Victoria’s best junior cricketers.
Lang, 15, will contest the under-16 Dowling Shield, but will do so without Colac fast bowler Dylan Hodge.
The 14-year-old pulled out of the 13-man squad after failing to recover from stress fractures in his back.
Hodge’s father Bryson said the youngster would miss the Shield to focus on his Victorian under-15 team commitments next month.
“Dylan got scans from one of the doctors from the Hawthorn footy club and they showed he had a fracture through his L5 vertebra,” Mr Hodge said.
“He’ll start training with Colac next week as a batsman but he won’t come back to bowling for another two or three weeks.”
But despite losing his Colac team-mate, Lang, who represented the Barwon region at the under-14 level last season, said he was still eager to take the field for the Rockets’ first-round match against
Inner East Emus today.
“It should be good, I’m just looking forward to the standard of cricket and improving my game and meeting up with some good mates,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ll get a few wickets, I won’t be batting too high – I’ll be a lower-order batsman but if I bat I’ll try and get some runs.”
Inglis, meanwhile, will represent the region in the under-14 Commonwealth Bank State Championships for the second consecutive year.
The young team will face the Inner East Emus today.