Butler College hosts high performance cricket program

Butler (navy) and East Butler (ochre) Primary School students get in the spirit of the contest. Pictures: Bruce Hunt d481281
Butler (navy) and East Butler (ochre) Primary School students get in the spirit of the contest. Pictures: Bruce Hunt d481281

YOUNGSTERS put their best feet forward for a cricket tournament in Butler last week.

About 80 students from Butler, East Butler, Alkimos and Quinns Beach primary schools visited Butler College last Thursday for the event umpired by high school students doing a high performance cricket program.

Alkimos Primary School batsman Quinten Rinaldi-Bull plays a shot, with Quinns Beach Primary students fielding. Picture: Bruce Hunt d481281

Health and physical education teacher Luke Edwards said the March 29 event went really well, with a Butler Primary team winning the tournament.

“The sportsmanship and camaraderie was very good as well,” he said.

“The main reason behind doing that was so I can talent scout for our cricket program that I’ve been running for the past two years.

“Our feeder primary schools enter Year 6 teams and I invite talented cricketers to join our high performance program in Year 7 from what I see on the day.

“It also helps build a healthy relationship with our local primary schools or community and gets those students a look at what great facilities we have.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of girls that came down.”

Mr Edwards said he hoped that would lead to more joining the program next year, with two Year 7 girls doing so this year.

Butler College wicketkeeper Allex Lothian attempts to catch Ethan Bailey. Picture: Bruce Hunt d481281

The teacher said the benefits of playing cricket included the team aspect and developing the skills to “think on your feet”.

“There’s a chance for individuals to shine in a team environment,” he said. “My goal is to promote the game of cricket in this area, as the population is growing all the time and help young cricketers fulfil their potential while at school.”

Representatives from the WA Cricket Association ran activities and gave out prizes during the event.

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