Young talent visit WACA

Continued from page 22.

The boys grabbed their hats and water bottles before we all walked to Langley Park for the strength and conditioning session provided by Petar on Thursday and Amit on Friday. 

This started with a warm up and was then quickly followed by a one-kilometre time trial for the Thursday group and a two-kilometre time trail for the Friday group. 

All the boys completed it and never gave up. 

Very proud of their efforts as it’s not easy especially for some a first time.

Then all had to do the bridge testing for a maximum of two minutes (front, left and right), which was also new to some of the boys.

This is something to work on building up their core strength as that’s a big thing in cricket to have great strength in your core for balance.

Lastly back to the WACA indoor nets for some bat versus ball scenarios, which we filmed all the bowling for. 

The batsmen were told the imaginary field set up and had to play shots accordingly. 

Same goes for the bowlers.

They had to bowl to certain fields and targets set by the coach on each net.

To finish up I gave them a brief overview of what happens from here, in regards to their talent pathways. 

Parents where happy with the day and everyone said their thank you’s and it was home time.

I would like to thank all the WACA staff and coaches: Job Van Bunge, Andrew Hayes, Chris Brabazon and Rob Wass involved in running and helping the Wheatbelt kids over the two days; and my casual staff and coaches: Cameron Watson, Daniel and Luke Gollan for making themselves available to help-out with coaching and lunch pickups. 

Also to the players and parents who attended the days, I hope you enjoyed the program and look forward to seeing you all throughout the season ahead.

...to the players and parents who attended the days, I hope you enjoyed the program and look forward to seeing you all throughout the season ahead.

Melinda Lucas

Check out the photo gallery of the boys enjoying the two days on page 22.