CENTRAL North Zone Under 14 and 16 cricket sides take to the field at Baddeley Park today against junior St George sides in pre-season trials that will go a long way to “sorting out” Bradman Cup and Kookaburra Cup teams.
CNZ chairman Terry Psarakis said the under 14 and 16 trials with St George had a two-fold purpose.
“They are good PR for us and St George,” Psarakis said yesterday.
“It also gives our selectors a good chance to see our boys perform.
“These are not the Bradman Cup and Kookaburra teams, but obviously they are a start for a lot of the boys to win a berth in those sides.
“And they will hit the ground running today. They will have needed to be training for the past six to eight weeks to perform well.
“All would have played in the carnival on the weekend. That went off pretty well.
“The Mid North Coast teams are always competitive and it was a good chance for all our boys from North West, Northern Tablelands and Hunter Valley to have a good hit out.
“It was good for them to see where they are at and also push for a place in the CNZ sides playing St George.
“And we should end up with pretty handy Bradman Cup and Kookaburra Cup sides, going on the results.
“We could have a few Under 15s in the Bradman Cup (Under 16) side too. There are some pretty handy young blokes pushing for spots in the older age groups.”
Psarakis said the CNZ Under 17 side would also be decided at Scone on Sunday week.
“We have the Under 17 zone trial at Scone and from that they will pick our CNZ side to play in the Country Championships at Raymond Terrace on October 25/26/27. From there they name a Country side to play City from which they will pick the State side to go to Adelaide for the National Under 17s.
“So there are pathways for all our juniors to reach higher representative sides.
“If they are good enough and lucky enough they have the opportunity to represent.
“It’s up to them to perform though and if they do they should be rewarded for their efforts.
“Hopefully that’s the case.”
o Central North junior teams in Sports Digest, page 20.