ANTHONY Read, coach of Hamilton’s Under 17 representative squad at the Warrnambool Country Week carnival, is upbeat about the future of cricket in the region and the Hamilton District Cricket Association after seeing first hand some of the players rising through the ranks.
Read was understandably disappointed that the team missed out on a grand final berth after losing the semi-final by just three runs, but is sure that the players learned a lot from the week and that it would only assist in their development as cricketers.
“We finished third for the week, but we all knew we should have finished first,” Read said.
“We beat the side that won the carnival and should have won against the side that finished second.
“I’m extremely happy with the cricket the boys played, though.
“Every game was a close finish with a lot of pressure involved and they handled it really well.
“It would have been great to win the carnival, but I think what the lads took away from the week, learning not just about their own game but more about the actual game of cricket, was more important.”
Country Week is not all about the results of the games, it is also a chance to build friendships and meeting players from other areas and Read was very pleased with all aspects shown by the 13-man squad.
“I was impressed with the way the boys did everything during the week,” he said.
“Cricket is only a game and I think sometimes we forget that.
“It’s important to have fun and enjoy what your doing and enjoy being with your mates.
“The way they rallied around each other through the good and the bad was first class in my opinion.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, January 16, 2014