Having more than 60 players turn up as early as August 27 for the first pre-season training session ahead of the ISEC 2023/24 season – and excellent overall numbers in the weeks since – is a great sign for Maccabi-AJAX Junior Cricket Club (MAJCC).
A renewed focus on individual skills assessment and development, plus recently upgraded training facilities, are also playing their part, ahead of the season starting on the second weekend in October.
The club’s head of cricket performance, Greg Hurvitz said, “Credit to our very committed coaching group, who have not only called for this approach, but then followed it up by assessing and discussing options as a group.
“The players have rocked up, and are giving it a real go.”
The club is aiming to field five U11 and U13 boys’ teams, and for the first time in two seasons, three U15 boys’ teams.
There are also very solid registrations for the club’s Cricket Blaster programs, for the very youngest of players.
New MAJCC president Darren Sacks said, “The energy in our club right now is tremendous, and the positivity and effort is really noticeable.
“But two areas we still need more players for, before the season begins, are our U17 boys’ squad and our girls’ cricket team.”
To promote the latter, Sacks said the club will host a girls’ cricket ‘Come and Try’ session at Caulfield Park this Sunday (September 24) from 10.30-11.30am.
Girls aged between six and 14, of all abilities, including beginners, are encouraged to come along to the session.
There will be a friendly, inclusive atmosphere and a sausage sizzle.
“The club’s girls’ team is very social and supportive, and just like last season, they will play their games on Wednesday nights, guided by coach Donna Gouldthorp, who has been specially been recruited by the club to advance girls cricket,” Sacks said.
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