ARMADALE’S new A grade cricket coach is going to bring a unique perspective to the team after umpiring the South Metropolitan competition for the past 12 years.
Steve Nichols has taken on the job for the 2016-17 season and is looking forward to helping the team reach the finals this year after it came close last summer.
“I’ve been umpiring this competition for so long and I got see all the different teams week after week,” he said.
“I’ve got a bit of inside knowledge on a few of them.
“I’ve seen the weaknesses with our team and I’ve seen the weaknesses and strengths of other teams.
“I will be able to help the captain sort out strategies, field placements and things like that; you see a lot standing behind the stumps.”
Nichols said it would be the first time he had taken on a senior coaching role and he was looking forward to the challenge.
His main aim is to get the club into the finals and believes there is plenty of talent to make it happen, but the key will be to have players available on a consistent basis.
“I umpired them three times last year and every time there were a few changes to the side so there was no consistency in the team,” he said.
“If we can get them all available there’s certainly the talent in the club, it’s a matter of getting the right 11 on the field consistently.
“From what I’ve seen of the competition there is no reason why we can’t play finals cricket this year.”
Nichols said he didn’t plan on playing this season, preferring to give younger players a go, but he said “never say never” as long as his body holds up.
Meanwhile, the club will be nominating six senior teams with senior games set to start on October 8 for the grade sides and October 15 for the one day sides.
Junior training has started and coaches from the various junior sides will be contacting their players to organise the training days.
In2Cricket and T20 Blast programs will be released soon, further details call 0467 850 365.
The club is also looking for a volunteer to run its In2Cricket program.