Mildura Weekly : Friday November 11 Vol 11 No 2
sport 35 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU EXPERIENCE IS THE KEY Get more exposure for your business with the Mildura Weekly 0434 406 040 or firstname.lastname@example.org Melissa Wagstaffe Sales Consultant By ADAM LUITJES FORMER Mallee Murray Regional Cricket Manager, Andrew Fair- lie, has been called upon to lead the Nichols Point Cricket Club (NPCC) in its hour of need. Fairlie – who is highly respect- ed in local cricket circles – recently stepped in to coach the Pointers, following the news that overseas import Hammad Khan was unable to move to Australia due to visa complications. Despite missing out on former Malaysian international Khan, the Pointers are still hopeful of regain- ing the services of last year’s coach Kaushik Aphale, who is waiting for his visa to be approved. Taking over the coaching reins for the first time last week, Fairlie, 44, said he was happy to assist the emerging club. “I am looking to develop the whole playing group,” Fairlie said. “I want to help structure up differ- ent sessions, and give them ideas around the playing side of things. “The club’s been awesome with everything they have done off the field, and they have lots of num- bers on the field, they are just lack- ing some structure. “They have a really young play- ing group, and this is an opportu- nity to shape them and give them some direction.” With the Pointers beginning their second season in the Sunray- sia Cricket Association First Divi- sion, Fairlie said he was looking forward to the challenge. “I have had 18 months away from the game, which I probably needed,” he said. “I didn’t think I would be back into it this much, and I am still working with Cricket Victoria’s Under 18 program. “It’s good to get back into club cricket, because I haven’t been in- volved in club cricket for eight or nine years.” Despite the Pointers being winless after the first three rounds, Fairlie is optimistic success is just around the corner. “Confidence is always going to be up and down with a young side,” he said. “It’s opportunity to give the young guys some confi- dence, and they’ll just improve by 80 percent just on confidence. “We have a lot of kids with heaps of talent, who are maybe just lacking in confidence, so hopefully we can turn that around.” NPCC secretary, Travers Zank- er, said the acquisition of Fairlie was a big boost for the club. “We are thrilled that Andrew has come on board in the club’s hour of need,” Travers said. “When we got the phone call from Ham- mad, we were a club without a coach and an experienced interna- tional player. “Our players up until that point had done a fantastic job to be competitive in the first three games, but we really needed a level-headed coach who knows the game, and Andrew fits the bill perfectly.” Fairlie named as new Nichols Point CC coach • WELCOME ABOARD: Nichols Point Cricket Club secretary, Travers Zanker, with newly-appointed Senior coach Andrew Fairlie. Photo: PAUL MENSCH.
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