We have the bases covered for 2018-19 - Club announces coaching structure
It is a cold winter's day and the Gordon District Cricket Club is announcing its coaching structure for the 2019-19 season. Who said there was an off-season. With the AGM about a month away it wont be long before the track suits will be out and the thoughts of our summer activities will be upon us.
With the view of broadening our approach to our coaching and giving all grade players the opportunity to receive first class coaching assistance, the following group of coaches have been assembled for the season.
Trevor Chappell will be with us again this coming season as Club Coach with a particular focus on our batting and fielding. The club is very fortunate to have the services of Trevor who people tend to forget comes with a wealth of experience including 88 first class matches, 20 ODI’s (1983 World Cup) and three Test matches. Trevor also played for Australia in the 1977 to 1979 World Series which included a score 110 against the formidable West Indies attack. He has scored over 4000 first class runs with 150 for NSW against WA his best score. Trevor was also a very economical medium pacer who took 59 first class wickets.
It is Trevor’s fielding skills that cricket followers will also remember well. He is recognised as one the best fielders to play for Australia. Many are not aware that Trevor also played for Gordon from 1979 to 1984 during the core period of his first class career.
Trevor won the award as Coach of the Year at the NSW Premier Cricket Awards in 2017.
Trevor is joined by an additional Club Coach this season with Ben Preece being added to our coaching staff after a stint with Lane Cove Cricket Club. Ben is a former first class fast bowler with Worchestershire who settled in Australia in 2002 after a knee reconstruction prevented him continuing his first class career.
Ben played in the Sydney Shires for South Sydney for 10 years which included winning 3 premierships before he took up the coaching role at Lane Cove in 2015.
Importantly Ben also runs a Personal Training company in conjunction with his Original Bootcamp Outdoor fitness business. He will have the strength and conditioning responsibilities for the club so watch out Gordon players, Ben is looking out for the stragglers.Ben will be concentrating on helping our fast bowlers.
Our long term former player, coach and Gordon Legend Mark O’Neill will again be coming down from his Central Coast hideaway to provide one on one specialist batting coaching for all grade players at the Shore Indoor centre at Northbridge.
Again we are very pleased to have Mark provide this service for us as he continues to grow his squirrel grip business in Australia and overseas.
Mark’s list of coaching achievements are extensive and we look forward to him taking our batsman to that next level as we push for that elusive club championship.
This season the club will also be assisted by Terry Howes who will be helping our spinners at training every two weeks. Terry is a Cricket NSW Academy coach who played his early cricket for Surrey in the UK and moved to Australia in 2006.
Terry played first grade for both West and St. George before concentrating on his coaching expertise. Terry is a level 2 accredited coach and has been appointed as the specialist spin coach for the Under 16 Cricket NSW Academy.
Ken Willcox will be our practice coordinator again for this season and will also be assisting with his coaching skills during the sessions. Keeping our sessions on track is a difficult task and we appreciate Ken’s skills in this regard as well as providing advice from a long cricket career as required. Ken is also one of our important volunteers who moves between our lower grade games to help where needed.
While it doesn’t need mentioning Michael Falk will keep helping our practices when needed and Ed Howitt and Tym Crawford will again be running our Academy sessions.
The coach for our Green Shield is Tym Crawford and our Poidevin Gray coach will be named closer to season.
On behalf of Cricket Committee