Leadership change

Leadership change

COLLENDINA Cricket Club made the bold move last week appointing two young leaders as senior co-coaches for the upcoming 2014/15 season.
Gun Cobra star Corey Walter, 23, and fellow long-time teammate Ben Ricardo, 29, will replace outgoing Cobras co-coaches Eddie Ellwood and Richie Peters, who stood down at the end of last season.
Walter had been widely tipped to take on a leadership role for 2014/15, after filling in as A grade captain in the absence of Jye Hearps, former Collendina A grade captain, last season.
Collendina Cricket Club president Wayne Blyth said both Walter and Ricardo had approached the club almost two months ago about the vacant coaching position as dual coaches.
He said while Walter and Ricardo lacked cricket coaching experience, the successful applicants had gained valuable leadership skills under the tutelage of Western Bulldogs AFL coach Brendan McCartney and former Melbourne AFL coach Mark Neeld in their football careers.
Both Walter and Ricardo have played junior and senior A grade cricket with the Collendina Cobras for several years.
“They interviewed very impressively,” Blyth told the Voice.
“They understand the culture of the club, they have been at the club for a few years now.
“Corey (Walter) spoke to me one day and said ‘Ben (Ricardo) and I are interested in co-coaching the club can we catch up and have a chat’?”
Both Walter and Ricardo were members of the Cobras last A grade premiership triumph in 2011/12.
Ricardo said it was important he and Walter gave back to the Cobras, who had supported them during their junior and senior cricket at Collendina.
“Now that we can commit, we feel it would be good for us to give back to the club because they have been good to us – we will help the younger kids,” Ricardo told the Voice.
“We think we can provide more one on one because Corey (Walter) and myself have played a higher level.
“We can help out with the younger guys coming through.”
Walter and Ricardo have both played representative junior cricket for Geelong.
MEANWHILE Collendina Cricket Club will hold their AGM on Sunday June 22 at noon at the clubrooms.

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