CENTRAL North Zone Under 17 selectors have plenty to consider when they lock into tomorrow’s Under 17 trials in Scone.
Northern Inland plays Hunter Valley in the Under 17 trial at the Bill Rose Complex in Scone with selectors to choose a CNZ side to then go to Raymond Terrace for Country Under 17 Championships on October 25/26/27.
“Hopefully, Central North will do well against the other zones at those country championships and win a few berths in the Country team,” CNZ chairman Terry Psarakis said.
“We have no real rest after this weekend either,” he said of representative commitments.
“We then have the Bradman Cup and Kookaburra Cup trials and carnivals.”
SCG Country Cup, Shield and Plate isn’t far away for all the local town representative teams.
Walcha, Muswellbrook, Moree, Pilliga, Inverell and Glen Innes are all scheduled to play first-round Country Plate games tomorrow.
Walcha is to play Upper Hunter at Scone, Muswellbrook hosts Dungog, Moree is at home to Pilliga and Glen Innes goes to Inverell.
The Glen Innes/Inverell game also doubles as an MA Connolly Cup match while the Country Shield ramps up November 3 when Tamworth Blues host Armidale and Narrabri is at home to Gunnedah.
That Narrabri/Gunnedah game also doubles as a War Veterans Cup match while Armidale will be without skipper Andrew Brownlie for that opening Shield clash.
One skipper who will be on board is Northern Inland Under 17 captain James Psarakis.
Recently selected in the Country Under 19 side, he also celebrated his 17th birthday on Thursday by being elected school captain at Tamworth High.
He has a strong, all-round side to tackle Hunter Valley in Scone tomorrow.
Vice-captain Lachlan Elks is a talented player, the NICC captain said.
“I’ve played a fair bit of cricket with him,” James Psarakis said.
“He goes well. An allrounder, who is mainly a batsman but bowls a bit too.”
NICC wicketkeeper Campbell Baker is one player Psarakis has had great experience with.
Baker was his vice-captain in the Tamworth representative teams.
“He bats well too,” he said of the gifted gloveman.
Another talent is Matt Dunn, who will open the bowling for NICC tomorrow.
“He’s played a fair bit of first grade,” Psarakis said.
“He took five wickets on debut in a night game for South against City too.
“We do have a pretty handy side.”
Hunter Valley will also be strong, with the likes of former NSW Under 15 representative Jono Maloney making a return to cricket.
“Jono was injured and missed all of last year’s Under 16 season,” Terry Psarakis said.
“He’s back for Hunter Valley though.
“It’s going to be an interesting day at Scone.”
NORTHERN INLAND UNDER 17 (To play Hunter Valley Under 17 at Bill Rose Complex, Scone tomorrow): James Psarakis (capt), Lachlan Elks (vc), Campbell Baker, Jake Brayshaw, Sage Cook, Chris Coulton, Matt Dunn, Toby Fox, Braydon Graham, Ryan Hansen, Matt Hughes, Mitch Lennon.