As the new cricket season approaches, clubs across Australia are doing their best to attract new players.
There’s such a great sense of community and culture at Tahmoor Cricket Club ... not every club is like that.Craig Bethune, Tahmoor Cricket Club president
But Tahmoor Cricket Club has a secret weapon that can separate them from the pack: Ray McMurrich.
Cricket Australia celebrated McMurrich as one of the seven best junior cricket coaches in the country earlier this year.
He was honoured alongside Darrel Forrest (Queensland), Simon Ogilvie (Victoria), Richard Hickey (Tasmania), Peter Byrne (Western Australia), Chris McCormick (Northern Territory) and Scott McMahon (South Australia).
Club president Craig Bethune said the coach was a great asset to Tahmoor Cricket Club.
“He’s a pretty personable coach and he’s great with the kids,” Bethune said.
“He understands a lot of the modern techniques and training. He keeps himself and the kids up to date.”
Bethune said it was it was people like McMurrich that made Tahmoor Cricket Club such a great place to learn and play cricket.
“There’s such a great sense of community and culture at Tahmoor Cricket Club,” he said.
“We really mix among ourselves a lot.
“Not every club is like that – you’ll often get people training by themselves or at different grounds.
“But we always train together at the one ground. That’s what we want.”
Bethune said the club was actively seeking new players to join the ranks.
He said kids of all ages and abilities were welcome to join the club.
“I think there’s a perception out there that you already need to know what you’re doing before you join a cricket club,” Bethune said.
“But that’s not the case at all.
“You don’t need to be a little Don Bradman to get a start at our club.
“You don’t need to know anything to start – you’ll get better as the season goes on. We want kids of all levels.”
The club trains at Tahmoor Sportsground each Wednesday.
Games are usually played between 8am and 11am on Saturday mornings.
To find out more information about Tahmoor Cricket Club or to register your children, visit www.tahmoorcc.nsw.cricket.com.au or search at mycricket.cricket.com.au.