THINKING OUTSIDE THE TOOLE BOX!
The “Dale’s” are ready for one of the biggest and busiest years in its’ brief but storied history as they field 7 senior teams, an U/18 team and 8 junior teams in 2013/14. While some of the biggest names in Heatherdale CC’s history may not be taking the field in the top two senior men’s teams this season, the Dale’s are confident that the investment made by so many over the past two decades into our junior program will continue to bear good fruit!
With the mammoth task of trying to go ‘back-to-back’, coupled with a debut season in Wilson Shield for our 2nd XI side, we desperately needed to ‘think outside the Toole Box’. A fantastic challenge was laid down at last season’s presentation night. The take up was outstanding and the attitude throughout pre-season by the WHOLE club has blown everyone away, including our Coach, Sean de Kretser.
Developing cricketers to play at the highest level in the BHRDCA and beyond,has been a real focus for the Heatherdale Committee and our coach. It was for that very reason that a golden opportunity could NOT be passed by when invited to play in the Wilson Shield. It’s a huge honour to enter a team into this competition. It’s an initiative taken up by the HCC Committee that will hopefully give The Dales an edge throughout this season and beyond.
When asked about the move to Wilson Shield, de Kretser stated; “I believe that by our 2’s playing in Wilson Shield, we are narrowing the leap in competition that our young players have to take when accepting an opportunity in the 1’s. I truly believe that Heatherdale has the depth to be competitive in Wilson Shield. The experience gained by our younger players will prove invaluable in their quest to transition from 2’s to 1’s cricketers in the short and longer term.”
Furthermore, Heatherdale CC has also looked to strengthen the links between our strong junior program and our seniors. We’ve looked at ways to enhance the skill and cricket knowledge of our talented U14s and U16s in a Junior Development Squad over the past two seasons which we’ve already started reaping the benefits from.
Heatherdale has also embraced technology as a way to communicate with members and supporters. The Heatherdale C.C. Facebook page has over 250 ‘likes’ with many more views every week as people view the latest game photos and club updates.
The Facebook page, along with a regularly updated webpage have been complimented this season by a monthly e-newsletter. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here.
Heatherdale Cricket Club thinks a bit differently, and we needed to do so in the current climate, as we look to grow this great game in our local community!
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