Kew Cricket Club is delighted to announce the Club's coaching structure for the 2018/19 season.
Chris Weeks, Rohan Wight and Neil Adams will form a three man coaching team, with Chris focusing on the 1st XI squad, Rohan focusing on player development, and Neil coordinating the Club's on-field leadership. Neil will continue as Chairman of Selectors as part of his role.
Chris needs no introduction as a player, having amassed 1393 runs at 55.72 since joining the Club. Chris and the Club had been planning for an increased focus on coaching in the upcoming seasons, and this role provides an opportunity for Chris to do so. Chris will also captain the 1st XI in 2018/19.
Rohan joins the Club from North Canberra Gungahlin, having recently moved back to Melbourne. Rohan has wide-ranging experience across multiple turf competitions in Melbourne, including a very successful stint at Ormond, where he scored 1526 runs at 34.68 across three seasons, culminating in captaining the 1st XI to a Subbies premiership in 2014/15.
Neil will be expanding upon his role from last season, with a focus on players across all grades and coordinating Chris and Rohan's efforts. Neil is a former Premier player at Ringwood before joining Syndal where he scored over 11,000 runs and took 579 wickets in over 350 games.
Club President Peter Sist said, "I’ve no doubt we’ll miss Jussie around the place but I’m really excited about us adopting a model of distributed leadership. We all know Weeksey’s credentials as a cricketer and I’m looking forward to seeing him impart his knowledge to the wider group. I’ve had a few chats with Rohan now and I am super impressed with his cricket brain. I get the feeling he’s highly competitive as well! He’s done plenty in cricket and he’ll no doubt make us an even better club. He’ll also bolster our batting line up as an opening bat. Like Rohan and Weeksey, Nads also brings tons of experience to the table. It looks like the lacrosse stick will be coming out more often!”
Weeks said, "This is an exciting opportunity. Justin has left the Club in a very good position on the field, and I can't wait to get stuck in to what promises to be an exciting new journey for the Club".
Wight added, "I'm really looking forward to joining a side that was unlucky not to win the flag last year. With any luck we can go one better. I'm even more excited to assist in the development of the club's young talent. Kew is a club with an excellent reputation and it's a privilege for me to be a part of the team".
The Club's on-field leadership team will be rounded out by Liam Ritchie (2nd XI Captain), Ben Smith (3rd XI Captain), Phil Hyde (4th XI Captain) and John Flynn (5th XI Captain). Ben replaces Peter Langtry who captained the 3rd XI for two seasons.
Sist added, "Groove continues to be a magnificent servant of our club. He’s an icon and he thoroughly deserved his life membership recently. I know he will continue to do everything he can to make Kew Cricket Club the best club it can be.”
The Club has also added 19-year-old English off spinner Sam Jones for the 2018/19. Sam joins us from Tenterden in the Kent Premier League.