GET IN FOR THE SEASON NOW!
Thanks, to all our sponsors
Latest Club News
*****PHOENIX RETURNS TO 1ST GRADE******
The president has met with the SMCA Executive and accepted an invitation to return to 1st Grade and 3rd Grade for the upcoming season.
Recruitment for the 2018/2019 season has been in full swing!
After successfully securing the services of Club Legend Craig Stewart as Club Captain and First Squad Coach early in the off-season, the Phoenix Cricket Club Committee set about building a path to return us to the First Grade Competition of the South Metropolitan Cricket Association. With a sharpened focus, and clear direction, a formidable group of players has come together tasked with leading the Club from the front, and ultimately winning some Premierships!
One of the first things Craig wanted to do as the First Squad Coach was recruit a wicketkeeper/ batsman, and with the help of the Executive Committee we have managed to sign up Steve Lewis from Devon in the UK. Utilising a specialist cricket agency, we looked at a wide range of potential recruits over an 8 week period, poring over stats and experience, and most importantly, who would be a good fit for Phoenix. It was a tough choice in the end, but Steve was our first option, and we were delighted when he accepted.
Craig spoke with Steve multiple times over that period and he is very eager to join the club and show us what he can do. I’m sure we will all make him feel welcome, show him a good time, and share in a lot of success with him during the season.
Steve is an opening batsman and was the first player to average over 100 in a Devon League season. He also has a degree in Physical Education so he will be an asset in helping our Junior club out with training sessions, and strengthening the link between the two.
In addition to our international recruit, we've also been busy locally, and attracted some real high quality talent.
On the top of the Committee's Wish List was Jacob Johnson. After winning an SMCA 1st Grade Premiership for Kardinya in 2014/2015, Jacob made a tonne of runs on turf down the road. He has been a regular at Tempest on a Saturday night over the last few years, and made a few cameo appearances in our F15 side, but we can now fully embrace Jacob and welcome him into the fold. Massive addition to our side and to our Club, and will lift the standard no doubt.
In another coup for the Club, Mitchell Lane crosses from Leeming CC, chasing more opportunities at a higher grade than he was getting last season, even though he made 780 runs and took 26 wickets. Mitch hasn’t missed a training session yet, and if he keeps the intensity up, a 1st XI spot is his for the taking!
Shane Watkins and Ronson Babu both make a return to Phoenix after trying their hands at Suburban Turf level last season. Shane took 36 wickets with the four piece and hasn't missed a Top Squad Pre-Season training session yet (and probably won't miss one all year). Ronnie appears to have spent more than just a little bit of time at the gym, and his added pace and strength is going to be endangering throats all over the competition.
After a tough end to last season, Barry Savage is back for another crack. Gek is currently sitting on 296 career wickets and he desperately wants to get 300 wickets. Stewy may let him get to 299 and then not bowl him again. Runs, on the other hand, he's got free rein, and if last Saturday's pre-season training session is anything to go by, he is in for a a big season. Even though he still can't walk, the ball came off the bat beautifully!
Pre-Season training for the Top Squad is well and truly under way; there have been Indoor net sessions, outdoor centre wicket sessions, sprinting sessions, and even an intense, gut wrenching, PT session led by Ross from Onyx 24/7 Performance gym in Bibra lake (www.onyx247.com.au).
Full club Pre-Season training starts on Thursday August 23. Details to be confirmed.
Make sure you keep checking into this Website and our Facebook page regularly for updates on what is going on behind the scenes as we build towards the biggest and most promising season in years!
Here's a word, straight from our committee;
After another successful season with two new flags to hang on the wall at Tempest, the new committee is already up and running.
New faces and some re-invigorated older heads, have breathed fresh energy into the club and a lot of activity is going on behind the scenes.
Recruitment is in full swing, and we are looking forward to having some new members at the club this upcoming season.
Keep your eyes on the Club's Facebook page and on this Website for fresh updates, we will have some very exciting news in the weeks to come!
Everywhere we go!