Far South Coast Cricket on rise as seniors grow

The Far South Coast Cricket Association competition returns next month with first and second division draws both looking strong.
The Far South Coast Cricket Association competition returns next month with first and second division draws both looking strong.

The Far South Cricket Association competition could be the biggest in almost a decade.

So far eight teams have registered for the first division comp, starting mid-October, while officials have also got about eight squads so far for the revived second division draw.

The competitions had been previously combined, but officials said it was positive to see growth in both divisions, which was almost double on the draw from about five years ago.

Meanwhile, there were promising signs for junior play and the second season of the women's competition as well.

"The entries are still rolling in for second division, but it's all looking really positive so far," association spokesman Charles Aggenbach said.

He said the competition had previously had 10 teams across a combined division one and two draw, but would now see eight strong teams in division one alone with Wolumla adding a roster to the top draw.

The women's competition - which won't run until February - has already seen a doubling of entries with eight teams registered at this stage.

Mr Aggenbach said it was remarkable to see both the growth of the women's game, but also the boost to clubs with many women taking up the call to serve on a club committee.

"It's awesome to see them not just getting involved in the comp, but the running of their own club," he said.

"At this stage nearly every club has one or two women on their executive board."

A downsizing of teams to a 9-a-side draw has aided in the registration boost, but Mr Aggenbach said there were also agreements on the cards to ensure an even draw.

"There is a polite agreement to even the numbers if a team comes short while their opposition has too many they'll balance out," he said.

The junior age brackets have shifted, but Mr Aggenbach said the move brought the local competition back in line with the Cricket Australia pathways and will also give juniors an extra year before making the transition to senior grades.

"It gives them another year with their mates before making that shift to the senior grades," Mr Aggenbach said.

Increased pathways through ties to the ACT region will also boost players with more recognition of local talent Mr Aggenbach said.

The ACT are showing more recognition of the pool of talented rising juniors in the area - who are capable of taking the next step in their cricketing careers.

With more players making rep and state sides there is growth in the foundation skills across the board and Mr Aggenbach said it bodes well for a strong season.