Monday, June 25, 2012

Teamwork builds as mates mature in sporting interest

THE sporting equivalent of a jackpot lands under the noses of team coaches from time to time.
The special prize in any code is a team that has the essential common spirit bonding the individuals into trophy-winning combinations.
Sometimes groups of mates rise through the junior ranks to senior level, sharing their common interest for so long the teamwork comes naturally.
The result can be a formidable force that meets its opposition with instinctive co-operation.

A TELEVISION documentary this week showed scientists measuring the brain patterns of players as they develop the empathy of teamwork.
However, plumber Vinnie Yates didn't need a brain scan to measure anything when he rejoined Cleveland Thornlands Cricket Club in 2008 after a break of a few years.
Vinnie had played with the Cougars since the under-12s, and he says the highlight of his homecoming to the senior side was taking the field his old mates.
He now looks forward to the new season with training to start in mid-August.
Vinnie says the club, based in Fitzroy St, Cleveland, and fielding teams from under-10s to senior, has been going well since it joined the Queensland Sub Districts Cricket Association five years ago.

PLAYERS are keen to hear all the administrative facts, figures and visions for the future at the annual general meeting on Wednesday, July 18, an event that has featured this week in our Public Notices.
The senior side, with Vinnie as captain, ended the last season sixth in an eight-team draw in its first campaign in the subdistrict A2 grade, after an A3 minor premiership the previous season.
He says 2011-12 was "not the best season we've had" but nevertheless the highlights included the performance of Matt Elliott, who won the club's bowling and senior player of the year awards; Matt formerly played with the Birkdale Muddies and was in his first season with the Cougars. Vinnie expects to start training for the competition start in September with a senior squad of about 15.

HE says the club's turf wicket and the 75-over match format across two Saturdays are drawcards.
"It's an all-turf competition – that's one of the biggest pluses, and having the matchs across two weekends gives everyone the opportunity to play as we can substitute for players who are not available on both days," he says.
The club gets straight to the heart of team spirit in its recruitment for the new season, aiming for any "old CTCC player" who would like to return to the club or "new players" looking to be involved.
Rest assured, no brain scan is on the agenda.

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