Cricket: Mariners duo represent WA at National Indigenous Cricket Championships


Mariners cricketer Craig Jones represented WA in Alice Springs last week.
Mariners cricketer Craig Jones represented WA in Alice Springs last week.

ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah cricketers Craig Jones and Dane Ugle represented WA in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) in Alice Springs last week.

Jones was taking part in his third indigenous cricket competition.

Since the conclusion of last year’s NICC, Jones moved from Tom Price to Perth to play for Rockingham-Mandurah and has been working hard to hone his cricketing skills.

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“I moved down to Perth hoping to play first grade and I’m playing second grade at the moment, but that was a move I made after being here last year,” he said.

“The biggest challenge has probably been finding my feet. I had to find a job when I first moved down there, so that was probably the hardest part.

“But other than that everyone was pretty welcoming at the club, I didn’t have any problems fitting in and I knew a lot of the fellas that were already there, so it was pretty cruisy.”

One significant difference Jones noticed with the relocation was the significant focus on high performance that permeates the WACA system.

“I’m enjoying the high-performance focus,” he said.

“It is very competitive, even if it is just within yourself, you know you’ve got to beat yourself on what you were last week or last year.”