By Nick Creely
The Dandenong District Cricket Association (DDCA) has made a series of key announcements relating to the junior cricket season, with cricket in Victoria preparing for its much anticipated season-start later this month.
After the DDCA announced that senior cricket would begin on Saturday 21 November, the association has confirmed that season start dates for its junior cricket competitions, as well as announcements regarding its junior representative teams in the Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union (VMCU).
The DDCA has confirmed that all Under 10 and Under 12 junior matches will commence from Friday 27 November, All Under 14 and Under 16 matches will commence from Saturday 28 November, while the Under 18 competition will start on Sunday 29 November.
All of the DDCA Junior Girls competition grades will start on Tuesday 1 December.
With the VMCU Carnival just around the corner, too, the DDCA has announced its representative coaches for their respective sides, with some renowned names set to lead the next generation of young cricketers in the south-east area.
Beaconsfield captain-coach Nathan Goodes has been announced as DDCA Under 18 head coach, with Craig Hookey to serve as assistant coach of the side.
In the Under 16 side, Shane D’Rozario has been named as head coach, with Peter Mathison locked in as the assistant coach
In the Under 14A side, John Mark has been locked in as head coach, with Cooper Fawkes to serve as assistant coach, while Gerry Van Der Nest will be head coach of the Under 14B side
GP Chadha will be the head coach of the Under 14 Girls, Rodney Keyaerts has been locked in as Under 12A head coach, with Bevan Tisdale as assistant coach, while Dean Jones will be head coach of the Under 12B side.