Tasmanian coaching great Tim Coyle has been announced as Head of Coaching for the new Greater Northern Raiders Club which launched itself into the Cricket Tasmania Premier League competition today.
The Raiders will be comprised of players from the State’s North and North-West regions, giving local cricketers the choice and ability to ‘stay and play’ in Tasmania’s Premier grade without having to leave home and head south.
For younger players, it means they can finish their studies locally, while still being able to press for a professional Tasmanian Tigers and/or Hobart Hurricanes contract in the future.
The actual idea for the Greater Northern Raiders arose from the Mike Hussey Review of high performance cricket in Tasmania commissioned by Cricket Tasmania in 2017.
One recommendation was to establish a Greater Northern team in the current Premier League set-up, so Cricket Tasmania CEO Nick Cummins and other Cricket Operations staff conducted work to determine its feasibility and stakeholder support.
The Cricket Tasmania Board approved the proposal in December 2017 and so the Greater Northern Raiders Cricket Club was born, leading up to today’s big team and logo launch then head coach reveal.
The name ‘Greater Northern Raiders’ was the popular choice from a Management Committee shortlist after wide discussions with stakeholders.
Feedback indicated that ‘Greater Northern’ was well understood to encompass the North and North-West regions, while the ‘Raiders’ nickname was symbolic of their charge into the Cricket Tasmania Premier League (CTPL) from outside traditional southern districts.
Launceston-based design agency Zest were given a brief to develop a modern logo and team colours, with key consideration given to avoiding any colour scheme used by existing Cricket North, Cricket North-West or CTPL clubs.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL colours of black, charcoal grey, orange and white were eventually chosen.
The final Raiders logo selected was gender-neutral to accommodate for a women's team likely to join the CTPL in the future.
Greater Northern Organising Committee Chairman Richard Bennett said there was already “momentum building” before the start of the summer, with Coyle’s appointment continuing that.
“We are over the moon at having secured Tasmania's most successful coach to this key position and are pleased that we've been able to work around Tim's interstate and international coaching commitments (with the WBBL Melbourne Renegades and Cricket Australia),’’ Bennett said.
“Tim will be assisted by some of greater northern Tasmania's best coaches including Jason Pearce, Andrew Gower, Roger Brown, Dane Anderson and Nick Hayes.”
Tim Coyle, who coached the Tigers to Sheffield Shield and One-Day titles, echoed this positive sentiment.
“There’s some great talent that we can draw on and we’re aiming to perform strongly from the start.”
“The introduction of the Greater Northern Raiders is a big step forward for cricket in Tasmania and I fully expect to see some future Tigers come out of this.
“There’s a lot of work happening in the background and we’ll also begin approaching potential sponsors in coming weeks.
“We want to build community support for the team so we can hit the ground running with the first game in October.
“Discussions with prospective players can now progress with players having greater certainty around the quality of support they'll receive as part of the playing squad.”
Cricket Tasmania staff Clinton Reid and Alex King will support the program by assisting the transition between the team and Cricket Tasmania’s development pathways.
The Raiders intend to share their nine home games between the North and North-West, with negotiations underway to confirm these home grounds.
The North and North-West have a proud history of producing Tasmanian and Australian players including Ricky Ponting, David Boon, George Bailey, Ben Hilfenhaus and James Faulkner to name a few.
So the Greater Northern Raiders want to play a positive role in developing the next generation of First Class and International players from the northern half of the State.
Richard Bennett (Chairman) - Governance
Xavier Doherty - Cricket Operations
Tim Coyle - Cricket Operations
Dane Anderson - Cricket Operations
Rowan Smith - Cricket Operations
Alex King (Cricket Tasmania) - Cricket Operations
Lance Cure - Sponsorship & Marketing
Danny Buckingham - Venues & Facilities (North-West)
Nick Hayes - Venues & Facilities (North)
Craig Elliott - Promotions & Communications
David Fry (Cricket Tasmania) - Management & Administration
Nathan Dennis (Cricket Tasmania) - Management & Administration
Tim Coyle - Head of Coaching
Jason Pearce - Senior Assistant Coach (North-West)
Andrew Gower - Senior Assistant Coach (North)
Roger Brown - Specialist Coach
Dane Anderson - Specialist Coach
Nick Hayes - Specialist Coach
Congratulations to all involved from Cricket Tasmania as we look forward to watching the Greater Northern Raiders in action against the southern sides during their first season in the State’s top level competition this summer.