Apollo Bay teenager Billey Bernet has thrown a lifeline to the Colac district cricket club, taking on the Sharks’ captaincy to keep it in Division One.
Bernet, 19, will take on the role from Bill Johnston Medallist Dale Boyd, who has stepped back due to new work commitments.
Rumours had circulated about the Sharks’ top side dropping back into Division Two, particularly after losing gun bowler Ezrah Robertson to Premer cricket club Geelong.
But Bernet, in his fourth year in the top grade, said Apollo Bay was committed to providing the best competition for the town’s up-and-coming cricketers.
“A few members at the AGM felt pretty strongly that we needed to compete in the best competition possible so that we don’t lose our young players,” Bernet said.
“Hudson Harrison, Dyl Murnane and Stuart Carter are all 17 and have all played a fair bit of Division One cricket now, and Harry Lugg will play a fair bit this year as well,” he said.
“Developing our young players will be a major focus for us this season, we’ll be taking them down to get some decent net sessions in over the school holidays.”
Bernet said he was looking forward to his first senior captaincy role, following encouragement from experienced teammates Matthew Hanks and Alex “Wirra” Baird.
See Monday’s Colac Herald for more.