Opportunities await juniors

Colac district junior cricketers enjoyed successful Country Week campaigns in 2018.

Colac district cricket officials expect a boost in opportunities for players at pathway level after the association’s recent success at Country Week.

The Colac District Cricket Association’s two under-13 representative teams both claimed their divisions in the Geelong Country Week to cap off a big month after an under-17 side reached the Warrnambool decider in the top grade.

Colac Gold and Colac Green celebrated under-13 grand final success last Thursday, defeating Bellarine Peninsula outfits with dominant performances.

Colac district junior official and Colac Green mentor Anthony Bright said the district’s newest representative cricketers would have impressed talent scouts during the four-day event.

Cricket Victoria used the Geelong Country Week to identify cricketers for pathway programs like the Barwon Rockets and for state programs.

“A lot of the kids hadn’t been looked at by the Geelong coaches, so that will give them a lot of belief in themselves,” Mr Bright said.

“We’ve got some good numbers coming through the ranks; I think there are 10 under-14 teams this year, so there was good competition just to get into the rep teams.”

Mr Bright said the players’ confidence grew during the event, with officials ensuring each cricketer made a contribution to their side.

“My team were prepared to lose games if it meant getting everyone involved and enjoying the experience,” he said.

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