A 30-man squad from the Mosman Cricket Club will travel to Cowra, the home town of their star player from the NSW Blues, Daniel Hughes, for what will be much more than just some match practice.
The visit on Saturday and Sunday will not only include a trial match against the Western Zone representative side in preparation for the start of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season, Saturday 22 September, but also conduct a coaching clinic with junior cricketers from far and wide across Central West NSW.
The clinic will be led by head coach Michael Bright and the club will also play an intra-squad match on the Sunday before heading back to Sydney. The squad will mostly include First and Second Grade players from Mosman.
Mosman President, Bernie Smith, said while the idea for the trip initially started as a preseason game opportunity, there were some strong reasons to make the weekend much more than that.
“We have a strong link with the Central West, obviously it is Daniel Hughes’ home town … he was pretty keen on trying to help us put something back into the Cowra community,” said Smith.
“Rather than just a trial match where we take advantage of the wonderful facilities in Cowra, we thought that we didn’t want to just roll into town and roll out and leave nothing behind.
“We decided that while we were there, we would like to put a little bit back into the local community and run a coaching clinic on the Sunday morning for juniors who I understand are travelling from, in some cases, 150 kilometres away.”
In light of the trip this weekend, Smith said the Mosman club would be keen to start a conversation about the merits of a Country Round in NSW Premier Cricket.
“A bit like the NRL does with their competition, the Shute Shield (Sydney Rugby Union competition) did it last year with a fair bit of success, so we’re keen to see whether there is any interest within the Premier Cricket community in Sydney.”