WA Premier Cricket: Joondalup president apologises to ousted coach Ric Olsen

Joondalup will have a new look this season. Picture: file image
Joondalup will have a new look this season. Picture: file image

JOONDALUP president Martin Hicks has distanced the club from recent comments captain-coach Michael Swart made about sacked mentor Ric Olsen in WA Premier Cricket.

Swart talked of Olsen’s sacking to this publication, but Hicks this week sent a statement to the Weekender saying the batsman was not authorised to do so.

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He said “we sincerely apologise” to Mr Olsen.

“We confirm that Mr Swart’s statement was not authorised by the Joondalup Districts Cricket Club,” he said.

“The club is considering its position in relation to the breach of its constitution.

“Mr Ric Olsen came to this club when we were towards the bottom of the ladder and led the club to premierships in 2013 and 2015 after a 35-year drought.

“Mr Olsen has been a loyal servant of our club and has shown considerable integrity and commitment throughout his engagement.”

Mr Hicks, who has been reluctant to answer questions about negativity around the club, would not comment further.

Joondalup will look to consolidate third spot when it takes on fourth-placed South Perth this weekend.

The side has plenty of momentum behind it after an impressive outright win over Rockingham-Mandurah at Iluka last Saturday.

Coming off a 4-212 first innings, the Centurions required 76 runs at more then a run-a-ball to secure all the points after skittling the visitors for 168 and 118.