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Cricket fans ready to support a one club town

By Campaspe News

ONE TOWN, one club.

It’s the message coming from the new Rochester Cricket Club following the official merger of Rochester United and the Rochester Tigers.

The clubs will continue under the one banner in the 2018/19 season with the goal of strengthening cricket in the town across all levels.

Brendan Martin, president of the new club, said it was the best course for cricket in the town to have the merger.

‘‘Both clubs feel now is a great time to get together for the benefit of cricket in Rochy, particularly to benefit our junior players,’’ he said.

‘‘We are wanting to create a club that has a culture that embraces local cricketers, local supporters and the local community whilst delivering the coaching and facilities that will allow us to play a very competitive brand of cricket.’’

Martin will take the presidency, with Ray George appointed vice president of the club.

Tim Bubb has been appointed as captain and coach of the new side.

Martin said it was important for the new club going forward to acknowledge the history of cricket in their town.

‘‘We would also like to acknowledge all of the local people that have been before us who have allowed us to get to where we are today,’’ he said.

The club said the success will not necessarily be measured by how many trophies end up in the cabinet, but rather by the culture the club develops.

‘‘Our club will exist to create a positive and inviting culture for any lover of cricket, sports enthusiast or simply as a social opportunity to meet new people.’’

The club has also set the goal of providing the best pathways possible for all their players development.

The club’s junior program will include under 8’s, Master Blasters (which replaces t20 blast), under 12’s, under 14’s male and female and under 16’s.

In senior cricket, the club will be aiming to field sides in A grade, two teams in B grade, one in C grade and a D grade team — with the extended goal of filling a B grade side with 16-21 year olds to further their development.

The clubs website and mycricket are currently being updated, with social media and Teamapp currently being launched.

The clubs pre-season kicks off 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursday from August 28, with a training session and working bee on Sunday September two.