2022 was the first year Cowdrey posted two u11 teams. The second side (Vipers), sought to integrate players across age groups, including u9s whom we thought were comfortable with hardball. Across 8 games we used 15 players and finished 4th with 11 teams in the league – a respectable position given the developmental approach we took and the strong sides we faced often stacked with year 6 kids.
As noted during the presentation we have seen real development over the season; greater confidence in batting and more consistent line and length from each player, showing the value of Friday night net sessions and coaching.
One of the advantages of being an umpire is getting to closely watch batting setup, shot selection and running between the wickets. We expect many will move to the Championship next season (when out means out), with some playing in the Premier U11 league team. Therefore, strengthening technical aspects in batting will be a real feature over winter training. Not to lose sight of bowling and of course fielding which was the difference between winning and losing for a couple of matches this year.
We have noted a few development points for each player and will look to work on these over the winter nets.
Particular highlights were: Sharing the captaining – a parent’s suggestion. Giving more players the chance to learn a bit more about field setup, game strategy and get confidence in running the show on the day. I expect to carry that through next season. A second highlight was the team spirit shown with each member encouraging teammates when things didn’t go as planned and helping each other get better.
So a good season, a great group of kids and we’re looking forward to winter nets starting to get ready for 2023!
End of Season Awards
Batter of the Year: Freddie Turner
Bowler of the Year: Emily Tarr
All-Rounder of the Year: Caleb Penlington
Managers Player of the Year: James Rowlands