Rockets boost for Colac district’s youngsters

FUTURE STARS: Twenty Colac district cricketers, including Josh McDonald, Henry Melville, Micah Robb, Sam Mulgrew and Tom O’Farrell, will vie for Barwon Rockets selections for next year’s Cricket Victoria state junior championship campaigns.

Cricket officials say the selection of 20 Colac district players in initial Barwon Rockets squads is a promising sign the region’s junior talent is attracting attention.

Only a handful of Colac District Cricket Association juniors have represented the Barwon region during recent state championship campaigns at under-14, 16 and 18 level.

Rockets officials released training squads for Cricket Victoria’s 2018 Victorian titles this week.

The CDCA has nine cricketers in the under-14 age group, seven representatives in the under-16s, while four players will vie for under-18 honours.

Colac West and Alvie have four representatives each, City United, three, Colac, Apollo Bay, Irrewarra and Birregurra, two, and Warrion has one.

CDCA junior official Shane Vicary said it was pleasing the district’s up-and-coming cricketers were being rewarded for impressive performances on the representative stage at Country Week and during interleague matches against the Geelong Cricket Association
and Bellarine Peninsula.

“To my mind they’re really organised this year with the trial process underway now, and we’ll hopefully see these boys through
to the final group,” he said.

“Last year we had Ezrah Robertson, Alex Inglis and Josh Garner in the final squads and Rani Jamieson was a reserve.

“We played in grand finals at the Warrnambool and Horsham Country Weeks, so we know the boys are capable, it was
just about making sure they got an opportunity.”

New Barwon Regional Cricket manager and former Rockets under-14 coach Dom McGlinchey said selectors went through a thorough
process to ensure the Rockets had the best pool of players from their three associations, the GCA, BPCA and CDCA.

“There’s always been a big talent pool down in the Colac district area so from our point of view it’s not about trying to get an even
representation, it’s more so trying to get the best players whether they’re in Geelong, Bellarine or Colac,” he said.
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