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Blue and White: South East Sharks

November 12, 2013
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Blue and White: South East Sharks

We preview the South East Sharks in the lead up to the Victorian Bushrangers Pathway Championship.

Under-18s

Coach – Gareth Smith/Joel Wylie

2012-13 Finish – Grand Final

Under-16s

Coach – Brett Hudgson/Kierran Voelkl

2012-13 Finish – Semi Finals

Under-14s

Coach – Peter Hall/Dane Harkin

2012-13 Finish – Preliminary Finals

“We underachieved last year, and that’s not going to happen again.”

Those are the words of Regional Cricket Manager Jason Mathers, who is determined for the South East Sharks to put in a strong performance at this year’s carnival after only four wins last year.

“We didn’t really play to our abilities last time around – especially in the under-16s and under-14s,” Mathers said.

But with fresh faces in all three grades, Mathers is also quietly confident that the Sharks can bounce back.

“We’ve retained a lot of talent and our squads are looking good,” he said.

“The under-14s in particular are a lot more balanced. Even though they’ve lost some state representatives, the talent distribution is far more even.”

The under-18s were the best performed squad last year, securing two wins in the group stage and a finals birth.

With three players in the under-17 Victoria Country squad, the team is in good hands.

“We’ve got a fair bit of talent with us and we know where they stand with their representative duties, but we really hope they can play with us as well,” Mathers said.

“Adam McMaster is a great fast bowler with raw pace and ability. Alongside Jackson Mockett, we reckon they can be a great partnership with the new ball.”

Wicket-keeper batsman Mitch Rowe will also be looking to recapture his form from the last carnival after being the best Sharks batsman through all three grades.

“These boys are both bottom age as well so having them for two years is really exciting,” he said.

In the under-16s, a changing of the guard has taken place with only three players returning to the set up.

“We had a lot of talent last year and we didn’t reach our potential at all,” Mathers said.

Cameron Brown headlines the squad with the Casey-South Melbourne all-rounder, having represented Victoria at under-15 level.

In the under-14s, Mitchell Rowe is also one to watch.  

“He’s also up for state honours so we’re excited to have him with us.” Mathers said.

“It’s a great opportunity with these guys on turf, so we’re looking forward to see how they go.”

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