Representative revolution looms

THE Northern Tasmanian Cricket Association has appointed Rohan Pooley as NTCA coach in an attempt to rejuvenate representative cricket in the North of the state.

The 30-year-old Port Dalrymple school teacher who plays with and coaches George Town, has been given three years to build competitive NTCA senior and junior representative teams that will endeavour to play matches against teams from other regions and the TCL.

``I'm really excited about the job and the opportunity that they have given me,'' Pooley said.

``My first memories of the NTCA rep scene were going to watch guys like Scot Mason, Justin Miller and Andy Belsak playing some big games at the NTCA Ground.

``I went on to play in some of those representative games which was a huge honour and when the opportunity came up to coach it I jumped at it.''

Pooley said he aimed to create a new program of representative cricket since the demise of the Jamie Cox Plate intrastate series.

``The NTCA board are open to suggestions and we're looking at taking a squad interstate to compete in the Australian Country Cricket Championships in the next couple of years,'' he said.

``We are planning to play a representative game against the TCL on January 28 at the NTCA Ground as a Tasmanian bushfire fund-raiser and we will look to get games against the North-West or a Southern team.''

Pooley said he had contacted NTCA club coaches to discuss his ideas and was particularly keen to develop the young talent in the competition by providing them with the next step to playing representative cricket.

``There are lots of opportunities there and my job is to give those players the chance they deserve,'' he said.

``We definitely want to put a program in place to help them play cricket at the highest level they can while playing in the NTCA.''

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