BDCA ready to perform on the pitch

Justin Fris and George GoodwinSouth Western Times
Jason Reid and Clint Hewson are two of several people committed to ensuring a successful country week campaign for the BDCA.
Camera IconJason Reid and Clint Hewson are two of several people committed to ensuring a successful country week campaign for the BDCA. Credit: Justin Fris

The Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association opens its 2019 Alcohol Think Again Senior Country Week A Section campaign against the Peel Cricket Association at the Lark Hill Sporting Complex on Sunday.

Led by skipper Tom Buchanan, the South West side will aim to put last year’s uncharacteristic early exit behind them.

And given some additional work put in by several key people over the off-season, there is every chance a strong showing could grow from their deeds.

The enterprising committee of Blaze Rosinski, Tom Buchanan, Jason Reid and Clint Hewson started their selection process at the start of the season and are happy with the three squads they have selected.

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Ahead of the carnival, both Reid and Hewson believed the mood in the camp was optimistic.

“The biggest thing we have done this year is appoint people earlier,” Reid said. “From there, they have been able to go and get people to come and play.

“Now we have got full sides in all grades, which shows a lot more commitment.”

The BDCA’s B Section are no slouches either and will enter their opening clash against Great Southern No.1 with plenty of confidence.

“The B Section side has players who played a lot of A Grade last year,” Reid said. “And our thirds (C Section) has a lot of B Grade players from our club competition which is really good as well.”

Hewson, who is no stranger to competing against some of regional WA’s best, is relishing the opportunity to play alongside quality teammates and opposition.

“It is a really balanced team but we have got representation from all clubs and Collie within the A Section,” Hewson said.

“There are only three games before the finals now so you have to win the first game. You are not out of it if you don’t, but a win on the Sunday means the rest of the week is a bit more serious.”

“With the crossovers, you have to win the first couple of games,” Reid said in agreement. “You can get lucky however, or unlucky like we were last year, narrowly missing out in a few grades despite winning the same amount of games as other associations.

Reid will be doubling up as a player and administrator during the carnival.

Fixtures (A-Section, gold division pool matches)

Sunday, January 19 - vs Peel at Lark Hill Sporting Complex; Monday, January 20 - vs Geraldton at Kingsway Sports Ground; January 22 - vs Albany at Breckler Park.

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