Welcome to the last edition of the behind square newsletter for the season. The 2016/2017 season provided us with many highs and lows.
With that in mind, there were many lessons learned by us as coaches from all the teams that we have coached, which we can hopefully use as key learnings in the future.
Our bizhub Highveld Lions team had a challenging season this year. They went into the 2016/17 season with a younger team, however managed to compete up until the last two games of the Sunfoil series competition by finishing fifth, as well as finishing third in the CSA T20 challenge. The team ended at a low 5th position in the Momentum One Day Cup, but I am positive we will bounce back stronger next season.
Our Gauteng Strikers team narrowly missed out on participating in the final of the Africa T20 cup earlier this season. In the Sunfoil three-day competition, the Strikers had a decent season finishing second in Pool B and narrowly missing out on a final game playoff. Devon Conway and Yaseen Vallie had a great season with the bat, both scoring more than 800 runs. In the provincial one day competition, the Strikers finished 5th in pool B. The highlight of the competition was Ryan Rickelton scoring 348 runs at an average of 43.50 in his debut season for the Strikers.
Highveld Lions Academy team won the 50-over competition in the recent Franchise Academy week. Muhamed Mayet and Ruan Haasbrook were selected to represent the South African Academy.
I would like to extend my congratulations to St Stithians Boys College (Lions Franchise
) for winning the Coca-Cola T20 competition for the second year in a row.
I would also like to congratulate the Jeppe Cricket Club
who participated in the inaugural Multiply T20 Community cup and represented the Lions franchise well by winning this competition.
The end of season affords us the opportunity to review the performance of our teams and players. It also gives us the opportunity to reflect on our performances as coaches, as we seek to improve areas in our coaching, whether be it through attending a coaching course, forum or seminar, read sport materials or books, or even attend a management course that will assist us in becoming better coaches.
Below are the dates for the courses we are offering in the off-season:
|02 - 04 & 07 - 09 May 2017 (Postponed – New date TBC)
||Roodepoort Sports Club
|05 - 09 & 12 -15 June 2017
|17 - 20 July 2017
||Level II Refresher
|01 - 03 & 08 - 10 August 2017
||Queens High School
|05 - 07 & 12 - 14 September 2017
||De la Salle High School
These course slots are taken up quickly. Please ensure you make enquiries with the Coach Education Office for registrations as soon as possible.
Other coaching development initiatives or programmes such as coaches’ forums and coaches’ conferences will be published soon on our website www.gcb.org.za
– I am pleased to inform you that Bongani Ndaba and Andrew Crolie have recently been accredited as level 3 coaches by Cricket South Africa. Congratulations to the both of you.
Bongani Ndaba – Level III Accreditation
In this edition, we are covering topics such as:
I hope you enjoy what we have put together for you.
I would like to thank the coaches in the province for their support of the Coach Education Office programmes during my stay at the Gauteng Cricket Board. The game of cricket is where it is because of the work conducted by coaches in school and on club grounds. May you continue being the custodians of the game of cricket.
Coach Education Manager