Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club has made another exciting move as it prepares for the summer of 2016-17 and beyond, appointing club legend Devon Royce as the Director of Cricket. Devon Royce takes over the role from his father, Don Royce OAM, one of Geelong’s most revered cricket administrators.
“In so many ways, it is just the perfect appointment for us,” said club secretary Frank Tuskes. “Don has given so much to our club over the years. “His wisdom is unsurpassed in Geelong cricket, and Devon has been absorbing that since he was a junior. “So many times on the field, Dev has played his heart out for us, and so we know it is in exactly the right place when he takes on what is one of the most demanding roles at our club.
“He’s a life-member, he’s a four-time premiership player and his knowledge of cricket is just enormous as those who have played with him, and against him, will attest. “Fittingly, his own son, Jack has been playing with us in both senior and junior cricket and given that experience, plus his father’s reputation as one of the founders of junior cricket in Geelong, Devon will be right across not just our senior programs, but integrating the juniors into the club from the moment they begin playing with us.”
Devon Royce will head up what will be re-shaped cricket department. “We are having a complete re-appraisal of our club structure,” Frank Tuskes said. “The way to run a successful club has changed enormously in recent times. “Cricket clubs are like small businesses and needs to be run as such. “Devon’s appointment, along with the appointment of David Barnes as our Business Administrator, is part of that appraisal and the club is looking forward to making some other significant announcements about appointments in the near future.
“There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the Two Blues.”