Lower Clarence takes old school approach to rep cricket
LOWER Clarence Under-12s will hope to continue their strong start to the North Coast Inter-District Competition when they travel to Coffs Harbour on Sunday.
In a huge turnaround from last season when they failed to win a game, the representative side opened its account with a massive 186-run win over Clarence River in round one on Sunday, including 100 retired from Coby Tabor.
But new coach Craig Moran warned his side will need to be mentally switched on for Coffs.
"I've tried to install old methods," Moran said.
"My job is to take the silver spoon out of their mouths. It's not a case of 'you've made under-12s, here's your hat'. You've got to try to win the comp and then 'here's your hat'.
"Our boys and one girl have switched on very well to the change and taken on a more aggressive, old school Lower Clarence representative form. It's amazing how kids can stand up once they have the hunger and drive to do it.
"They will have to be ready for the occasion against Coffs Harbour."
Tabor hit 15 fours and three sixes in his innings. The master blaster has won Lower Clarence Under-12 Cricketer of the Year the past two years and is chasing a third this season. But Moran said this was the first time the Harwood cricketer had transferred his ability onto the representative arena.
"He ground it out and had to switch on," Moran said. "It was a controlled innings from someone who might've thrown it away last year.
"It's a huge improvement and suggests he has mentally improved as a cricketer.
"But it was very much a team effort. There are some talented cricketers. Jonah Menzies is one of the most correct openers I've seen for under-12s."