Former Brothers opening batsman David Jones (crouching) will try to turn around Across The Waves’ fortunes as their new captain-coach next season. Photo: RON BURGIN cri1503b
Former Brothers opening batsman David Jones (crouching) will try to turn around Across The Waves’ fortunes as their new captain-coach next season. Photo: RON BURGIN cri1503b

Stitt defends cricket side

ACROSS The Waves club coach Noel Stitt has defended his division one cricket side despite them being out of contention for the final this year and receiving a hammering in the NewsMail’s SMS section recently.

Stitt said there were no hassles at the club and admitted he was “peeved off” at the messages slandering the top side.

In yesterday’s NewsMail the club was described as a “leaderless rabble”, while many others have offered their opinion on how the side should turn around their fortunes.

“That sort of stuff really gets me,” he said.

“A few guys need to pull their heads in, I think, and start blaming themselves for their performance instead of others. But there are no hassles here.”

Midway through the season all-rounder Sean Stuchbery walked out on the team to concentrate on his work as greenkeeper at Bundaberg Golf Course.

With the addition of former Brothers captain David Jones to the Waves set up next year, Stuchbery has hinted at his desire to return.

“I can’t guarantee I’ll be there but I think it’s a great move,” Stuchbery said.

“He’s mentally tough and that’s what they need. And he’s deadly serious.

“I feel sorry for guys like Rhys Grills, who turns up to training every time and tries his guts out only to bowl first change and bat 10.”

Stuchbery was unhappy with the structure and professionalism at the club earlier this season, and it is a problem that Stitt is aware of.

“The major problem is that on the whole, not enough people are putting their hand up to do things,” Stitt said.

“We need more contributions from everyone.”

Stitt runs the show at junior cricket in the morning, before playing either division one or two and coaching the entire Across the Waves club.

His workload will be lessened next season with the addition of Jones to the coaching staff and as captain of the top side.

Jones will replace first-time captain Brendan Prossliner as skipper, whose form and leadership this season has come under the microscope from within and outside the club.

“Jonesy played for us as a 15-year-old and is a good tough cricketer who will add value to the side,” Stitt said.

The strength of the junior set-up and lower grades was another positive Stitt alluded to.

“We’ve got depth down to the under-14 and 16s, and that’s something we’ve always had,” Stitt said.

David Fulton and Callum Stitt have both been successful in seniors this year and there are a handful of juniors holding the division one side together this season.

But Stitt said a lot of these players would be lost in the next few seasons.

“Lots of those guys will go to university so we’ll lose them, but there are quite a few who are playing well for us this year,” he said.



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