SERPENTINE Jarrahdale Blues is gearing up for its first season back in the South Metropolitan Cricket Association (SMCA) First Grade competition since 2010.
The Blues won promotion back to the SMCA’s top tier for the first time after finishing second in second grade last season.
President Dean Fulford said the club was excited to be back at the top and hoped to avoid relegation straight back down.
“The main aim is to survive in first grade and stay up there and hope to push for finals as well and keep developing our youth throughout our squad structure,” he said.
Fulford said the club hoped to build on last season’s success, when all four of its senior teams made their respective finals series.
“We had a pretty successful year through our club, all four grades made finals and our 5th grade won a two-day grand final and our 2nd grade won a one-day grand final,” he said.
Fulford said the biggest off-season acquisition was the return of Michael Rowe, who came on board as a player-coach.
“We haven’t had a coach for a number of year, so we recruited Michael as a player coach and already through pre-season he’s made a difference in the way we train and helping out with some one-on-one coaching, he’s been a good asset,” he said.
The Blues kick off its campaign against Phoenix at Briggs Park on October 7.