INCOMING Colac captain Aidan Spence says the Stallions’ depth can keep the club in the Division One cricket finals picture, despite the departure of key players.
Spence has taken on the club’s top-grade captaincy from his brother and gun all-rounder Jack, who has re-joined South Barwon, and Alex White, who is likely to miss at least the first half of the season because he is abroad.
Colac has also lost Tom Sutherland, travel commitments, Nigel Hallett, Alexander-Thomson, and Phill Borg, injured, from its Division One squad of 2014-15.
But Spence said the Stallions were confident they had enough cricketers at their disposal to stay competitive in top-grade cricket.
Spence, one of the competition’s premier all-rounders, said the loss of players would give the likes of his younger brothers Eamon and Cullan, Ethan Schroder and Campbell McCrae more opportunities to impress at senior level.
“We’ll have a chance to play more kids this season, but I think with blokes like Adrian Murray and Ben Harris, we’ll still be pretty strong,” he said.
“At training I’ve noticed that the younger blokes have picked up a couple of ks and they were bowling pretty well at the end of the season.
“So I think they can replace Whitey and Jack.”
Spence said he was excited about taking on a leadership role at Colac because of the potential the Stallions’ list had approaching the season.
“I’m keen to do it, because I think we’ve got a pretty handy squad,” he said.
“Everyone’s come back and we’re always hungry for success.
“I think it’ll be good for us to play some of these juniors at the start of the season to give them a crack.”