YOBS Cricket Club - Season Preview 2017/18
Date of Event Yallingup-Oddbods Cricket Club: Sun Oct 8, 2017 7:04PM

The smell of cricket season is in the air as we finally wash last season’s whites and air out our gear. The anticipation builds as all our teams take to the grounds next weekend (Saturday 14th of October) for their next campaign. This season Yallingup-Oddbods Cricket Club has 3 senior teams, 5 junior teams and T20 Blast players running around every Saturday. It is fantastic to see the club in such a strong position and the saying “Many hands makes light work” has never rang so true. We are forever thankful to our committed members, for the extra that they contribute, especially to our junior ranks.


Geographe Financial will continue as our club’s Major sponsor for the 2017/18 season. We are grateful for their generous contribution to our club and the extra work we are able to do for the YOBS community because of their sponsorship. To Hanlon Davies Chartered Accountants, Cape Cellars, Geographe Petroleum, Jindong Freerange, Sportfirst Busselton, Busselton Furniture Products, B-Select Busselton and Rocky Ridge Brewing Co., we hope that all of these businesses will stick on with us this season. Their dedication to our club does not go unnoticed and their generosity is much appreciated.


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This year is one of change for our club as we enter into an agreement with Barnard Park Sports Association. This means that our home games will be played at Barnard Park wherever possible and we are able to use and profit from the facilities. The pavilion is a wonderful building brimming with potential. Our main focus will be gathering together after games to talk about the day’s play in a sheltered and comfortable environment. As we progress there is the option to open a canteen, run the bar and use the change rooms and sheds. This is an exciting opportunity and we are looking forward to making the partnership work. The grand opening for the facility will be on Saturday the 14th of October at 11:00 with a canteen, unveiling of sporting memorabilia, a rugby exhibition match before speeches at 12:00 and finishing with the Round 1, YOBS Vs Saints A-Grade cricket all afternoon. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend.


Ben Payne (#240) has been selected as our Club Captain for the 2017/18 Busselton Margaret River Cricket-Association season. Ben came to the club in 2006 and has played 148 club games in that time (135 A-grade games). He has won A-grade batting and bowling awards as well as the Clubman of the year award. Ben is a tireless advocate for our club and we are excited to have him lead us. Nayton Colombera, (#272) whose leadership over the last 3 seasons has been exemplary, is stepping down as Club-Captain. During his tenure he took YOBS Cricket Club to the top of the ladder for 3 consecutive seasons, winning two premierships. His work for the club as a whole was outstanding. Ben Clarke (#322) will be the Vice Captain this season as well as continuing as club coach. Ben has been with the club for the past few years and added value to our players ever since arriving, He won the Mike Adams Champion Player award last season as well as numerous BMRCA accolades.


A-Grade stumbled at the last hurdle in 2016/17 and will be full of energy for this season. Life member Jock Embry (#163) has decided to have a quieter season but we are still hopeful that the evergreen batsman will strap on the pads and chase down the leading run scorer Craig Gibson’s (#118) 8 268 club runs. Colin Harris (#185), Nayton Colombera (#272) and Luke Wedderburn (#332) will be looking for top order runs with all rounders Ben Payne (#240), Haig Colombera (#271) and Sam Pike (#331) will be fighting with Ben Clarke (#322) for the Mike Adam’s Medal again this season. War horse Neil Langenhoven (#201) will be his metronomic and economical best as he heads towards his 300th game and eyes off 500 wickets in the next few seasons. There are many exciting younger cricketers looking to consolidate their spot and others putting their hand up for A-Grade cricket this season. Tait Spowart (#304), Harvey Golding (#309) and Troyden Throp (#324) have all been training well. Jake Wain (#300) is furthering his studies in Perth this season and will be a loss to the club. It is a strong club when there is pressure on spots and people wanting to challenge themselves at higher levels.


The B-Grade will again be lead by James Trewren (#229). James is a player who wears his heart on his sleeve and leads from the front. He has taken 275 wickets for the club and with a big season could push for 300 career wickets. Tom Payne (#269), Jed Kemp (#292) and Ethan Piggott (#314) will look to be in the runs again this year. Jack O,Malley (#307) and Jake Grylls (#249) were the pick of the bowlers last season and with some early form will make selections difficult. The B-Grade will look to make their third finals series in a row.


C-Grade is the nursery of any cricket club and the promotion of juniors, mixed with experience is our aim. Scott Maitland (#312) will lead the side again this season and he has proved year after year that he can turn boys into men with many of our A-Grade and B-Grade cricketers getting their apprenticeship off Scott and the men in C-Grade. Rodney Griffiths (#101) is closing in on his 250th game this season and will be amongst the runs and catches again this year. Jack MacKinnon (#316) will look to step up this season and take on more of a leadership role in the team. His attitude and attention to detail at training has been second to none. Darren Cameron (#225) will continue to take wickets and encourage the young Under 17 players coming through. Hopefully we can have a steady and injury free side all season.


We would love to welcome back any past YOBS Cricket Club players and new players are always welcome.


The strength and focus for our club is the juniors coming through. These players learn that cricket is a fantastic sport, that, you play your heart out wherever you are selected, and mateship is the key to success. Last season many of our Under 16’s stepped up into B-Grade and C-Grade with Harry Curtin (#335) breaking into the A-Grade side. Ethan Giroud (#336) is our latest player to receive a number and will be a bowler to watch this season. Connor Luff, Jasper Grono, Ky Spowart, Alex Warner and Cormac Smith are all juniors looking to achieve the senior games milestone, to receive a number this year. Lyndon Miles is also inline for a number having played 9 C-Grade games. The change of format in the Busselton Margaret River Junior Cricket Association all of last year’s teams can remain the same. Alina Luff has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that our players are looked after and have stable teams. This effort, coupled with the effort of our coaches and managers have kept our dropout rate extremely low.


The Under 17 side will train on Tuesday nights at 5:00 at the Barnard Park nets with the senior teams. They will be run on game day by Stu Luff and other seniors who are able to help out. The format of the competition and the fixtures are yet to be officially decided but it should be an exciting year for this team.


Our Under 15 team has a few minor changes but will still be coached by Cameron Snow (#246) who knows how to inspire, motivate and drive these boys on to success. The Under 15 boys will train from 3:30 on Tuesday nights at Barnard Park before the seniors begin.


Peter Donnelly will coach the Under 13 side as they stick together for another season. These boys have been training on Saturdays for a few weeks now and are eager for the season to start. They will be training through the week at Bovell Park.


This year we are entering two Under 11 sides that are still being completed. Our aim is to create one side that can continue through into the Under 13 Competition next season and another side that can play two years of Under 11’s and bind together as a unit. Most of these children are coming from the T20 Blast competition and are looking forward to a year on the pitches. All new YOBS Cricketers will be given a club hat that will hopefully see them through until seniors. T20 Blast will continue for kids 8 or younger, with the fun being had at Barnard Park on Saturday mornings.


Use the Mycricket Website and App to keep up to date with all YOBS Cricket Club teams.


We are in the process of securing a Zimbabwean import named Ardene Ruhode. Deano has played a lot of cricket all around the world and is a quality top order batsman and dynamic in the field. He is keen to work with the juniors to develop their cricket and will bring a wealth of knowledge to our club. We are waiting for his sporting visa to be approved and hope to see Ardene in YOBS kit in November.


All playing shirts, pants, jumpers, baggies, hats, vests and shorts are available for purchase, and or, order. Contact the club at any time for prices and availability. We are planning new black shirts once sponsorship deals can be reached. These shirts are included in the year’s subs and all full fee paying seniors will receive a shirt.


In 1973 Mike Adams (#1) worked with others to merge Yallingup Cricket Club (1905) and Oddbods Cricket Club (1961) to create YOBS. 45 years on we have over 100 registered players aged from 8 years old to 50 years old. We have many supporters and past players who still follow the club. Our records are all up to date and intact thanks to Secretary Al Miller’s (#156) statistical genius. With a rich and successful history created by all of our players especially our 9 life members Mike Adams (#1), Peter Edmonds (#2), Bill Sheridan (#71), Phil Foster (#95), Craig Gibson (#118), Jarod Simpson (#152), Allan Miller (#156), Simon Godridge (#180) and Jock Embry (#163). The future is bright and our is quality high.

Last updated: Monday October 9, 2017 12:18AM
Author: Matty Braid