The Tasmanian Under 17 side has put the finishing touches on preparations for their Cricket Australia National Championship campaign at Blundstone Arena today.
Flying out to the Sunshine Coast tomorrow, the group was under the close watch of coaches Shannon Tubb, Richard Allanby and former Tasmanian Tiger Xavier Doherty.
Doherty said the group was in a good space prior to the competition getting underway, with the first ball to be bowled on Monday.
“I think the boys are in pretty good nick. It’s tough at this time of year given they haven’t played a lot of matches, so that’s probably one of the main challenges we’ve tried to overcome along the way,” he said.
“We’ll have a couple of good hits over the weekend (on the Sunshine Coast) to make sure they’re ready to go.”
Although the team is aiming to win as many matches during the tournament as possible, Doherty said the development of players at underage level was just as important.
“Everyone wants to win, but it’s as much about how you play and ensuring that our players are always learning. Making mistakes is okay, so long as we learn from those mistakes – that’s the really important part of it.”
Although he’s just beginning to get a taste of coaching, Doherty said it felt like a natural progression.
“It’s a pretty natural progression for me. I’ve always loved playing the game and learning as much as I can,” he said.
“I’m not sure what the future holds in terms of coaching, but I’m really looking forward to these two weeks with the Under 17 squad.”
The Tasmanian Under 17 side begins their National Championship campaign against NSW Metro in Maroochydore on Monday.
Tasmania Under 17 squad
Kade APPLEBEE – Glenorchy Cricket Club
Blake CASSIDY – Launceston Cricket Club
William COLLINS – North Hobart Cricket Club
James CURRAN – Launceston Cricket Club
Lewis DRURY – North Hobart Cricket Club
Joshua HENLEY – Kingborough Cricket Club
Fletcher KEELING – New Town Cricket Club
Caedance KUEPPER – South Hobart/Sandy Bay Cricket Club
Samuel LEWIS-JOHNSON – North Hobart Cricket Club
Jack MCCULLOCH – Burnie Hurricanes Cricket Club
Caleb OAKES – South Hobart/Sandy Bay Cricket Club
Samuel O’MAHONY – Devonport Cricket Club
Mitchell OWEN – Kingborough Cricket Club
Match Details (all one-day matches – 50 overs per team)
Mon Sept 25 vs. NSW Metro – Ron McMullen Oval, Maroochydore 9.30am start
Tue Sept 26 vs. CA XI – John Blank Oval, Maroochydore 9.30am start
Thu Sept 28 vs. South Australia – Caloundra 1, 9.30am start
Fri Sept 29 vs. Vic Metro – Landsborough Oval, 9.30am start
Sun Oct 1 vs. ACT/NSW Country – Ian Healy Oval, Northern Suburbs, 9.30am start
Mon Oct 2 Finals TBA 9.30am start
Wed Oct 4 Finals TBA 9.30am start
Thu Oct 5 Finals TBA 9.30am start