Kalamunda Cricket Club hopes for boost to senior player numbers

Kalamunda Cricket Club 2016-17 6th grade champions.
Kalamunda Cricket Club 2016-17 6th grade champions.

KALAMUNDA Cricket Club’s committee is working hard to move the club forward and build up its senior players following a drop in numbers.

Secretary David Armstrong said junior cricket had always been the strength of the club and it wanted to build successful junior teams that would transition into senior cricket.

“Senior cricket is obviously a focus as well with a new coach and a couple of senior players recruited for the coming season,” Armstrong said.

“Roshan Jurangapathy is the name of the coach and he has played for Sri Lanka in the past.

“The reason for the changes is the loss of a number of senior players and committee members from when I first started at the club in 2010. This turnover is the reality of community organisations.”

He said the committee was also trying to overcome a legacy of poor financial performance off the back of the Kostera Oval Redevelopment, which cost it a full season of home games and a month of the past season.

“The committee hopes to achieve a degree of stability, an additional senior team and for both junior and senior cricket to really thrive at the new Kostera Oval,” he said.

“We are also hopeful of playing two games at the facility in the medium term.”

Armstrong said the club had been promoted to 2nd grade Suburban Turf and 5th grade Premiership from last season.

He said the success enjoyed by all three sides last season brought a little bit of morale back to the club, which was missed during the season away from home.

“It was also about gaining the respect of the competition, which was probably lacking a little bit,” he said.

“The obvious hope is that we are able to attract and retain players.

“This coming season we have a number of quality Kalamunda cricketers at Midland-Guildford. The hope is that by building a successful club we can retain or attract some of these guys back to the club at the appropriate time.”

The club currently has three senior teams and hopes to add a fourth in the long term.

“The number of junior teams at this stage is yet to be determined but there is likely to be strong numbers in the primary school aged years but a concerning drop off in the senior school aged years,” Armstrong said.

“Part of this is due to the attraction of playing at Lesmurdie-Mazenod for a lot of high school aged kids in the area.”

He said the energy on the committee was outstanding.

“The work of our president Kent Millington and our vice-president Lynda Rendell has been quite inspirational,” he said.

“In addition, the club owes a lot to Dick Hutchison and Glenn Docherty for the hours they have put in during my time at the club.”

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