Rob Hodson has vowed to rebuild the junior game in the LCCA. And Hodson in action behind the stumps.
Rob Hodson has vowed to rebuild the junior game in the LCCA. And Hodson in action behind the stumps. Debrah Novak

Lower Clarence boss aims sky high

LOWER Clarence Cricket Association president Rob Hodson has vowed to continue rebuilding the game in the region.

The 43-year-old took the reigns as association president when Kevin Jones departed at the end of 2010.

And Hodson immediately set himself the task of regenerating cricket in the Lower Clarence.

The main mission: to increase the number of youngsters, ultimately filtering through to a strong First Grade competition.

“I'm trying to rebuild the juniors there,” he said.

“The numbers are down this year and that's a shame.

“A lot of that is to do with sitting back and waiting for NSW Cricket to go into schools.

“I think that's where Lower Clarence has to pull their finger out.

"Then you will see it follow through to the seniors.”

Hodson, who works at Yamba Pumps and Irrigation, praised the efforts of Yamba and Harwood in promoting the junior game – and asked the other clubs to step up.

Before becoming LCCA president, Hodson was “carrying the flag for Yamba anyway” and the driving force behind Yamba's youth policy, which helped deliver the top flight title last season.

“Yamba and Harwood have development programs going,” said Hodson, who was raised in Mackay.

“But some of the other clubs aren't as strong as they could be.

"That leaves sides not having depth in the lower grades.

“If you don't look at doing that you will eventually fade away.”

A long-serving player himself, Hodson took the field beside his daughter Tiffany in Yamba's lower grades this season.

Before that he featured in Yamba's First Grade, meaning he knows a thing or two about the current standard.

“I pretty much haven't stopped playing for the past 12 years,” said Hodson, who was filled the wicketkeeping role this season.

“I have always been a handy bowler and am trying to work on my batting a bit.

“From what I see I suppose the runs haven't been there like they have in the past.”

As for growing the game in the Lower Clarence: “It's possible, we just need the support of the LCCA board.”

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