The Dandenong Cricket Club are pleased to announce their completed coaching structure for season 2017/18.
The men’s panel remains unchanged with Head Coach, Nick Speak, excited to again take the reigns for the Panthers. Three of four grades saw finals action in 2016/17 and Speak is confident that that can be extended on - with the addition of some silverware – in 2017/18.
Speak is once again joined by assistants Paul Boraston, Brett Forsyth, Mark Boraston and Craig Hillard.
2017/18 will be the first year that women don the blue and red at Shepley after the recent merger with the Dandenong Women’s Cricket Club. The exciting new venture is matched with an equally exciting coaching panel, which sees former Southern Stars player and coach, Cathryn Fitzpatrick, return alongside former VicSpirit selector and player, Megan Pauwels, and new recruit Vince Cameron.
Fitzpatrick will lead the panel as Director of Coaching – Female Programs, while Cameron and Pauwels take on Assistant Coach roles. The trio will rotate training and game-day duties ensuring that the playing group has access to the unique experience and insights that each of the panel offers.
Cameron, who is new to Premier Cricket, comes from a background in the health and wellness sector and has most recently been involved at St Paul’s Cricket Club in Melbourne’s South East.
“We are very excited at the breadth of knowledge and experience that this panel offers and the opportunity it will present for our players”, Female Cricket Manager Sarah Elliott said, “We have a lot of young talent coming through our ranks and we believe we have the coaching mix right to ensure we give them the best opportunity to reach their potential”.
In other exciting news for the club, two Panthers have been named in the VicSpirit squad for 2017/18. Nicole Faltum joins the squad after representing Victoria twice at U18 level and receiving a rookie contract with the Melbourne Renegades in 2016/17. Sophie Molineux returns to the squad following her debut season in 2016/17 which saw her named the inaugural Betty Wilson Young Player of the Year at the Alan Border medal.
The Victorian Premier Cricket season starts on October 7. For full fixtures please see here.