Mildura Weekly : Friday January 30 Vol 9 No 12 2015
sport 27 FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU • TEENAGE TALENT: Jayden Zanoni has shown plenty of promise wicketkeeping for Mildura West Cricket Club’s First Division side. - Next Business Day Tu rnaround - Many Styles and Sizes to choose - Plastic/Plastic-Metal/All Metal/Rubber - 12 Ink colours - Hand Stamps 50 sizes available For more info contact Mildura Weekly, 424 San Mateo Ave, Mildura Ph: 50211 777 | Fax 50211 733 or E: email@example.com - Next Business Day Turnaround By ADAM LUITJES DESPITE his young age, Mildura West Cricket Club wicketkeeper Jayden Zano- ni already has a wealth of experience behind the stumps. Growing up idolis- ing Australian great Adam Gilchrist, the 19-year-old hasn’t looked back since picking up his first pair of gloves a decade ago. Making his First Divi- sion debut aged 14, Jayden didn’t expect to be thrown into the deep end so early in his career. “It was a shock, because I had played Under 16’s in the morning and then got a phone call to play firsts,” Jayden said. “I ended up keeping 48 overs in the morning, and 80 overs in the afternoon, so it was a big day on the legs! “My first catch was Tom Vadlja – I still let him know aboutit–anditwasagood moment getting my first catch.” One of the youngest keepers playing First Divi- sion, Jayden says there is plenty to like about being a gloveman. “You are always in the game, and you don’t get bored standing around,” he said. “You can change the game in an instance, and it is good fun.” Jayden believes playing as a wicketkeeper gives him a unique perspective on the sport. “You only have to walk 10 metres up to the stumps to see how the field looks for the batsman,” he said. “You can see what the pitch is doing, and what the ball is doing in the air, which helps the captain.” A handy left-hand bats- man – whose highest First Division score is 47 – Jayden says it’s important he also contributes with the bat. “If you can get an ex- tra 30 or 40 runs from the number seven, that’s always handy,” he said. Playing alongside some of the region’s most deco- rated players, Jayden says he couldn’t have asked for a better cricket apprentice- ship. “Definitely Mark (O’Donnell) with the coaching side of things has been great,” he said. “Dan McGuinness was also help- ful when I was younger, and really pushed cricket for- ward for me.” Working at Intersport Mildura during his gap year, the Mallee Murray Bulls representative is intending to play metropolitan cricket next season. With winless Wests sit- ting at the bottom of the ladder, Jayden believes suc- cess isn’t too far away. “Instead of going out trying to thrash teams, we just need to have fun,” he said. “Hopefully we can play better cricket, enjoy it, and get a win on the board.” By ADAM LUITJES IT will be a familiar face coach- ing Werrimull Football Club this season, with former captain Shan- non Anthony signing on as Danny Thornton’s successor. It’s the first senior coaching role for the 32-year-old, whose playing career includes stints at Peterbor- ough, West Broken Hill and Mil- dura. Having captained the club for two seasons, Shannon’s excited about performing a different role at the Magpies. “I want to continue on what DT and Ryan Tierney (2012 coach) have brought to the club,” Shannon said. “They have laid good ground work for me, and I’ll continue that, but there are a few things I’d like to tweak.” Set to retire after last year’s grand final loss to long-time rivals Bambill, the hard-running mid- fielder will take the field again in 2015. “The body wasn’t feeling the best at the end of last season,” Shannon said. “It probably hasn’t felt the best at the end of the last three or four years. “I’ll play a different role this sea- son. Instead of spending 95 percent of the time on the ball, I’ll probably sit in the forward or back pocket.” Despite losing Michael Harradine, Adam Thomson, Isaiah Johnson and Simon Guthrie, Shan- non says the club has signed a num- ber of recruits, with a few more ad- ditions in the pipeline. Having played in the last four grand finals – winning two pre- mierships – Shannon says the club is driven to uphold those lofty stan- dards. “The pain of losing one does drive you,” he said. “Maybe while training you work a bit harder, and not have that extra beer on a Friday night. “We haven’t had a training run as yet, so when we have that, I can feel out how the rest of the boys are feeling. “We were beaten by a way bet- ter side last year. We didn’t have too much luck going into finals, where- as the year before we probably had the run of the luck.” Newly-appointed president James Graham believes Shannon is the right man for the job. “We looked outside the box try- ing to bring people in, and didn’t have too much success,” James said. “But when Shannon put his hand up, it was exactly what we were af- ter. “There were a few guys perhaps thinking of not playing on, but as soon as we mentioned Shannon wanted to coach, they were in.” With Werrimull winning last year’s A Grade netball premiership, James said the club was primed for a successful 2015. “At this point we haven’t lost any A Grade netballers,” he said. “Roz Rolfe will be coaching again after a fantastic year, where she put a lot of work in and achieved some good results for the club.” As a wicketkeeper, Jayden’s the best in the west Former skipper takes the reins at Werrimull • NEW LEADERS: Werrimull Football Club president James Graham and coach Shannon Anthony have taken the helm for the 2015 season.
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