Welcome to season 2017/18. As we leave 2016/17 behind, we can reflect that it was a relatively successful year in terms of putting into training, leadership and playing structures in place.
The First X1 playing a final was a just reward, but we now face the challenge of improving all facets of training and playing once again this season.
GCA clubs have taken notice of our improvement and as a result clubs will put more time and effort when they play NCCC. We need to respond to this by further improving our game individually and collectively.
The fundamentals that we focused on last season, must become habit.
- Our training effort & application must improve.
- Our game understanding must mature.
- Our learners must look to become leaders.
- We all need to push ourselves to be better in 2017/18.
Since the end of 2016/17, we have been focusing on the following
- Leadership & Coaching Structure
- Training Programs
- Turf Facilities (playing & training)
Our collective aim is still to provide the best cricket training programs & facilities at any local GCA club. The first year of our new leadership structure was relatively successful, enjoyable and rewarding.
We need to produce elite, modern, specific training programs, which are to be delivered by a variety of specialist coaches. The successful delivery of these programs will translate to NCCC producing outstanding cricketers, both senior & junior this season and in seasons to follow.
We want our programs & facilities to attract other cricketers to our club.
The plan for pre season 2017/18 is again to formulate these programs with the assistance of Damian Shanahan and all the specified coaches.
We have the following structure to skillfully deliver these programs through the pre season and into the season proper.
We are pleased to announce the following Leadership Structure for season 2017/18
Director Of Cricket – Devon Royce
Training & Performance Coordinator – Yves Rousetty
Coaching & Leadership Consultant – Damian Shanahan
Chairman of Selectors – Don Royce
1st X1 Captain – Shane Franklin
2nd X1 Captain – Devon Royce
Batting Coach – Shane Murdoch
Bowling Coach– Phillip Twaddle
Fielding & Catching Coach – Brendan Twaddle
Fitness, Conditioning & Activities/ Games – Adam Kalz
3rd X1 Captain – TBA
4th X1 Captain – Russell Mitchell
Spin Bowling – Luke Muller
The off-season sessions have commenced at Steve Blackfords indoor nets @ 12 Roxanne Place Newcomb with Damian Shanahan working with a few of our turf batsman.
The leadership group will come together over the coming weeks to redefine our roles for the coming season.
We want the leadership group to continue to learn how to train effectively by learning specific drills and training techniques from Damian.
As was the case last season, the pre-season is an opportunity for the leaders to set standards, understand our specific training aims that will then be brought into outdoor training, late pre season & regular season training.
We want all line coaches / leaders to be well aware of their roles & responsibilities & the programs they will deliver in the coming season.
A select group of players will again work on their individual skills and benefit from one on one time with Damian.
We will have 3 players per hour (6 in total for the evening) so that Damian’s tuition & coaching is specific and effective.
The Monday venue does not lend itself to large numbers and our aim should be to progressively provide specific & worthwhile coaching to current turf squad players in controllable numbers.
A ROSTER FOR YOUR ALLOCATED SESSION TIME WILL BE RELEASED THIS WEEK-
IF YOU ARE UNAVAILABLE PLEASE CONTACT DEVON ON 0409549249
GRAVEL PITS SESSIONS
These sessions are for the whole club playing group and we will formulate the training format in our Monday night sessions.
Friday August 4 – 6pm-7:30pm
Friday August 11 – 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday August 17 – 8pm-9:30pm
Thursday August 24 – 8pm-9:30pm
These early sessions will be about putting into practice what we have formulated in our Monday night sessions.
There will be a strong focus on fitness & fielding.
Sunday 6th AUGUST 9am to 11am – BREAKFAST AT QUEENS PARK TO DISCUSS COMING SEASON- THIS IS A COMPULSORY SESSION FOR ALL PLAYERS TO GET TOGETHER
Sunday 20th AUGUST 9 to 11am
Sunday 27th AUGUST 9 to 11am
Sunday 3rd SEPTEMBER 9 to 11am
Sunday 10th SEPTEMBER 9 to 11am
Sunday 17th SEPTEMBER Practice Match
Tuesday 19th SEPTEMBER 5.30-7pm
Thursday 21st SEPTEMBER 5.30-7pm
Saturday 23rd SEPTEMBER Practice Match vs Epping CC
Tuesday 26th SEPTEMBER 5.30-7pm
Thursday 28th SEPTEMBER 5.30-7pm
Sunday 1st OCTOBER Practice Match
Tuesday 3rd OCTOBER 5.30-7pm
Thursday 5TH OCTOBER 5.30-7pm
Saturday 7th OCTOBER – ROUND 1
The club is pleased to announce the signing of Shane Murdoch to NCCC at Batting Coach for season 2017/18. Shane brings a wealth of experience having played & coached at a number of Victorian clubs (recently Bendigo league), as well as playing in the UK in years gone by (same league as the skipper). Please make an effort to introduce yourself to Shane when you get the opportunity. He is a ripping bloke, with plenty of knowledge and experience to pass on.
More info to come on our international player(s) and other recruits.
FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
The club is extremely fortunate to have Graeme Taylor appointed as our Head Curator this season. GT’s knowledge, skill and experience as a curator will ensure that we have outstanding match day wickets this coming season. Former club coach Marc Carson will be doing the practice wickets this season and we look forward to some improved turf surfaces for training this year.
The change room refurbishment is complete and we have elite, modern changing rooms with meeting room, lockers, gym, ice baths that is the envy of all clubs in Geelong.
The challenge is there for all of us to improve again this season.
Effort, application and standards will need to lift to another level for us to continue to grow at training and during a game.
We need to be keen & enthusiastic to build the excitement, belief and confidence within the playing group.
We want our players to set the standards early with regards to communication, reliability, effort and attitude.
Basic player standards for training, playing, social behavior and club involvement will be outlined in the coming weeks.
Lets start to build momentum now and we will be ready to go when the season proper begins.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AT ANY TIME 0409549249
Go Two Blues!
NCCC – Director of Cricket
Please take note of the changes in playing dates, including Round 1, leading into Christmas and coming out of Christmas.
We are playing only 3 one dayers compared to 4 last year and the T20 is still a separate competition.
Div 1, 10 teams, 12 rounds (9×2 day, 3×1 day), four team final series. No reserve day.
Rd 1 Oct 7 SB vs NCCC
Rd 2 Oct 14 NG vs NCCC
Rd 3 Oct 21 & 28 NCCC vs Lara
Rd 4 Nov 4 &11 Grove vs NCCC
Rd 5 Nov 18 & 25 NCCC vs Murghe
Rd 6 Dec 2 & 9 EB vs NCCC
Rd 7 Dec 16 & 23 NCCC vs Leopold
Rd 8 Jan 13 NCCC vs City
Rd 9 Jan 20 & 27 St Jos vs NCCC
Rd10 Feb 3 & 10 NCCC vs SB
Rd11 Feb 17 & 24 NCCC vs NG
Rd12 Mar 3 & 10 City vs NCCC
Semi Finals Mar 17 & 18
Grand Final Mar 24 & 25
Geelong Advertiser T20 Cup, 2 groups of 5 teams (TBC), grand final only between top teams
Rd 1 Tues Oct 31
Rd 2 Tues Nov 14
Rd 3 Tues Nov 28
Rd 4 Tues Dec 12
Grand final date TBC