GOULBURN Murray Cricket coach Lawrie Casey is confident he has the team at his disposal to start a climb from the bottom tier of the upcoming Melbourne Country Cricket Week series.
GM selectors have named a squad of 16 players to contest the series from February 19-23.
Casey said he believed the association was ‘‘a lot better’’ than its current position at the bottom level — division three — indicated.
‘‘It’s time we proved we are better than division three so we are on a mission,’’ added Casey, who has coached the team since the amalgamation of the Kyabram District Cricket Association and the Campaspe Cricket Association to form the Goulburn Murray Cricket competition six seasons ago.
‘‘Our batting will be our strength but we have a good variety of bowlers also and being a young side we should be sharp in the field,’’ added Casey.
Fire Brigade’s Paul Newman will skipper the side, which is dominated by Kyabram Fire Brigade and Moama players.
Seven Fire Brigade players are in the squad and five from Moama.
GM meets Ferntree Gully Colts at Oakleigh on the opening day of the series and then plays Warragul (at Doncaster) and Seymour (at Mount Waverley) leading into a sudden knockout format on the Thursday at Bayswater.
The GM squad will train at Rochester next Wednesday night starting at 6pm and the squad will be addressed by local sporting hero David Williams.
The GM squad is: Paul Newman (capt), Daniel Kent, Anthony Andronaco, Jayden Rosin, Shannon O’Brien, Henry Charlton, Sam Kershaw (Fire Brigade); Layton McCann, Brayden McGregor, Alister McCann, Darcy Elliot, Jayden Dixon (Moama); Josh Garrett, Sean Williams (Rochester United); Cameron Sharp (BLU); Nick Dolan (Echuca).