Article by Luke D’Anello
Originally published in the Maribyrnong Leader
May 22, 2017
SECURING a strike bowler will be a top of Seddon’s list of priorities during the off-season as the club prepares for the step up to Turf Cricket Senior Division.
The Dockers powered to a 241-run triumph over Sunshine United in last summer’s North West Division decider to earn promotion to the top grade and have appointed Ben Speake as coach.
Speake made headlines in March when he thumped a club record score of 216 to set up his side’s grand final victory.
The 26-year-old replaces wicketkeeper Mark Webb, who has opted to remain at the club as an assistant coach due to work commitments, while John Taylor will continue as First XI captain.
Speake has coaching experience in New Zealand and England and said he was “pretty excited” to take on the role.
“I’m from New Zealand originally and did a little bit of coaching with my club in Hamilton,” he said.
“I’ve been over in England a couple of times and worked with juniors — not as head coach or anything, but just being involved.”
Malith Cooray, who was not a member of the premiership-winning team, is the Dockers’ only confirmed departure.
“A strike bowler of some sort, ideally a pace bowler, would be good,” Speake said.
“But we’ve got a good blend of some young players and some experience.
“It will be a challenge, but I definitely think we can compete in Senior Division.”
Speake has Senior Division experience following his stint with Doutta Stars before he arrived at Seddon at the start of last season.
The opening batsman finished 2016-17 with 641 runs and was remarkably still at the crease on day three of the grand final.
Speake logged two tons and two half-centuries during the campaign and also took 11 wickets.
“Anytime you can contribute in a grand final, it’s good,” he said.
“I was happy to contribute and just happy to win more than anything.
“There were patches through the season where we didn’t play our best, but coming towards the end of the season we started playing some good stuff. Hopefully we can build on that and take some confidence forward.”
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday the 19th June, Seddon Clubrooms @ 7.30 pm.
As part of the process, a new committee will be formed for season 2017/18.
If you are interested in any of the positions below please send me a nomination of that position you want to nominate for as per the constitution:
Nomination of candidates for election as officers of the Club and for ordinary members of the Committee shall be made in writing signed by two members and endorsed by written consent of the candidate at least seven days before the Annual General Meeting. If insufficient nominations are received to fill all positions the candidates shall be deemed to be elected and further nominations shall be received at the Annual General Meeting. In the event of any of these positions not being filled at the Annual General Meeting or in the event of a casual vacancy occurring, the Committee shall have the power to appoint any other member to fill such vacancy.
Note: As per the constitution, nominations must be in no later than the 12th June, 7.30 pm. In addition, a member is defined as someone who was financial for the 2016/17 season.
The following committee positions exist:
We are pleased to announce Ben Speake as Senior Coach for season 2017/18.
Ben came to Seddon CC at the start of last season, immediately making an impact with over 600 runs for the season, including the unforgettable 216 in the Grand Final win over Sunshine United. Ben also impressed with his on and off field advice and leadership to Mark Webb and John Taylor throughout the season.
Ben has previously coached in New Zealand and the UK, and is an accredited Level 1 coach. Along with the experience that Ben brings to the role as Senior Coach, Ben has recently played in the VTCA Senior Division, with an understanding of the commitment required as the 1st X1 make the step up to the highest grade.
John Taylor will also remain as 1st X1 Captain for the upcoming season. Mark Webb has elected to stand aside as Senior Coach due to work commitments, but will remain in a leadership role as Assistant Coach. The committee would like to formally thank Mark for his efforts in guiding the 1st X1 to the VTCA North West premiership last season.
In the next couple of weeks you will hear more news from the senior leadership on pre-season training and other exciting developments leading into the season ahead.
We wish Ben and John all the best for the 2017/18 season.