CV and Cricket Coaches Australia are looking for the best local coach in our Coach of the Year initiative.
JUNIOR COACH OF THE YEAR
WINNER – DAMIAN BONNER (Gisborne & District CA U17 Team)
Damian first became involved at Association level when his son trialled for and became a member of the GDCA Under 12 team. The following season in 2011-12, he took on the role of GDCA Under 13 coach for Junior Country Week and has coached this team through to Under 17 Kirton Shield this season.
Through his passion for sport, and his enthusiasm to develop young players, not just as sportsmen but also as young men, he quickly became popular with parents and officials.
He has introduced such initiatives as awarding the best player from the opposition the match ball after each match, and getting his players to make speeches to thank all involved in providing the lunches.
This validates his thorough preparation, clear communication, and his personal commitment to each player.
Much of the success of the GDCA junior cricket program today can be attributed to the fundamentals Damian has put in place over the past five years, and then adapted for all of the GDCA teams to use.
Finalists – Chris George (Glen Waverley Hawks CC), Brett McGrath (Eynesbury Eagles CC), John McNamara (Rovers United Bruck CC – Wangaratta), Jason Mungean (Nirranda CC), Leon Rayson (Point Cook CC) & William Tucknott (Coburg CC)
All winners in their category will receive the following;
$500 worth of coaching gear of their choice from Gray Nicolls
Access to work with a CV Coach in their category of nomination at a training session
An iTunes voucher to be used to download associated coaching apps
The four category winners (female, MILO in2 CRICKET, junior and senior) will now go into consideration to become the CV & CCA Coach of the Year for 2015-16.
The winner of this award will also;
Attend an international match as guest of CA with winners from all other states and territories
Access to attend an Australian team training session in Melbourne during 2016-17