Optimism at Mirrabooka
Blackburn South were yet again promising in season 2020/21 across all grades and there’s a sense of optimism at Mirrabooka Reserve heading into the 2021/22 season.
The Cobras had a terrific season from firsts to fifths in 2020/21, with four out of five teams making finals, two making the grand final and their seconds winning the A Grade.
Their firsts also showed plenty of promise in their second season in the HWS, finishing third before being thumped by Mitcham in the Semi Final.
Speaking to bhrdca.com.au, senior coach Tim Snow believes his team will be back up there again.
“We’ve got a young side who’s constantly improving and wanting to improve,” he said.
“We’ve got so much depth across the club, which is really good to see. I’m really optimistic we can go a step further”.
Senior captain Mitchell Fitton said the boys are excited to be back and also believes they’re set to play their best cricket in 2021/22.
“Guys are really excited to come back and play.
“That’s something we pride ourselves on as well is making sure everyone’s enjoying their cricket because that’s when you play your best as well.”
They haven’t heavily recruited this offseason, with Snow believing retaining most of their core group was key to their chances in 2021/22.
“This offseason we’ve really invested in our own players, we’ve retained pretty much everyone from previous seasons and we’re really investing our coaching and training into those guys.”
However they have bought in one star player in ex-Camrea and Tullamarine allrounder Gihan De Silva.
Last season he scored 528 runs (second most) at 33 and took 25 wickets (fourth most) at 15 in the North Metro Cricket Association’s second tier, with both Fitton and Snow agreeing that he’ll enhance an already strong Cobras squad.
“I’m pretty happy to have him on board and involved, he’s going to be a really good asset for us,” Fitton said.
“He’s a different player, not too many leg-spinners are around in the comp, I’m gonna be really looking forward to seeing how he goes this season,” Snow said.
They’ve also bought in a batting and bowling coach in Fitzroy Doncaster and Melbourne University players Sean Pietersz and Elliot Durrant.
Durrant will also play in, with Snow also stating that both have been a massive help heading into 2021/22.
“When we opened back up we were able to do a few small group sessions in pairs with those guys to get us a real head start and hopefully a leg up on our opposition.”
The T20 side could potentially be enhanced by Dutch T20 world cup keeper Scott Edwards.
Tim Snow confirmed that Edwards could make an appearance in the T20 competition if all goes to plan.
“The Dutch squad’s got a couple of tours on, but there’s nothing locked in yet. At this stage we’re expecting to have him for at least three or four games,” he said.
Snow said he was proud and amazed at how much Edwards has improved the four years he’s been at Blackburn South.
“Every year he seems to get better and better and better, his work rate is incredible to continually improve.”
Fitton also mentioned that the Cobras can improve, but this season will be all about making finals yet again.
“This season it’s about getting into the top four and then anything can happen from there.”
Snow is also excited about kicking off the season down at Highfield Park, with his players also eager to get out there too.
“Even though we haven’t had that many training sessions together, we’re all looking forward to getting started, getting into it and testing ourselves.”