Excitement is building at the Howlong Cricket Club after the recent announcement of past premiership player Tim Seymour returning to coach the senior side in the upcoming season.
Howlong Cricket Club President Doug Nielsen said Seymour would bring a wealth of experience to the club, with a particular focus on developing the junior players.
“He’s terrific, he will be great for our club,” Nielsen said.
“His focus is great and he’s a really good cricketer.”
Seymour played in the last winning HCC senior premiership side in the Wodonga District Cricket Association back in 2004 before the association merged with Cricket Albury-Wodonga.
“Since then he’s been living up near Nhill in western Victoria and he’s back here now,” Nielsen said.
“He played one game with us last year and then we negotiated with him and he was more than happy to return as a coach.
“His big focus will be on developing the juniors as we have got a lot of good kids.
“He’s not a 20-year-old anymore, he’s in his thirties and ready to take on this coaching role.”
The Free Press spoke to Seymour who is excited to take on the role.
“It will be good to be back and try and help some of the kids, I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
The carpenter by trade was born in Wodonga and played most of his cricket in Tumbarumba.
It wasn’t until he moved back to Albury-Wodonga and finished his apprenticeship that he went and played for the Howlong Cricket Club.
“I played with Howlong for one year and it was the year we won the premiership and that was my last year playing for 12 years, I have only just come back to cricket in the last couple of years,” Seymour said.
After Howlong, he moved to Cairns for a work opportunity and to play football.
Seymour lived in Cairns for five years before moving to Nhill and then back here to Howlong to be closer to family and friends.
“It’s going to be a good experience for me, I have coached footy before when I was in Cairns in 2011 and Stawell in 2013, which is a club in the Horsham League,” he said.
“Coaching footy was a real eye opener, so hopefully I can help out a bit more at a cricket level.”
Seymour said his passion for cricket was on the same level as his love of football.
“During winter it’s about footy and during summer it’s about cricket,” he said.
“I think I have played enough cricket over the past 15 to 20 years to sort of handball a lot of my experience onto the kids.
“My experience, together with some of the other guys around the club, might actually get them to understand how cricket is actually played and I feel the different elements about cricket, not just about batting, bowling and fielding.”
Seymour is looking forward to working closely with the players and believes they could have a strong side moving into the season.
“With the young guys that we have got in seniors, we could have a strong side but it’s just going to take a little work to teach them a few things about the game, patience and things like that,” he said.
“We are in the process of touching base with the cricketers from last year and seeing where they are at and what their plans are, hopefully we can hold onto 90 percent of them and pick up a few along the way.”
Seymour said he noticed a few things at the game he played for Howlong last year that could be improved upon, particularly with the juniors.
“It happens with all juniors where they go at it like a bull at a gate, so to speak, but we need to try and instil patience with their batting and bowling and technique wise just try and give them confidence to play like an adult,” he said.
On Sunday, the club held a successful family barbecue and meet the coach day.
The club has appointed Scott Vincent as A Grade Captain for the new season.
Further decisions are pending in regard to B and C Grade Captains, along with formalisation of junior coaching roles.