Performance & Talent Update - March 2020

01 Apr 2020

It’s been a surreal month across the board with the COVID-19 pandemic affected all aspects of life including sport.

Prior to lockdown the Volts were on a role in the Plunket Shield winning two four-day games in a row including a cliff-hanger against Central Districts  on a beautiful evening at the University of Otago Oval. Michael Rippon was hero with the bat in the second innings but the most significant highlight for me was to see the fight from the Volts team, not only in this game, but across the season where the team made finals in both white ball competition and finished third in the Plunket Shield. We have an excellent base of quality players to grow this group into the future so there are exciting times ahead.

The Sparks programme finished up in late February with the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield  competition coming to a close. There were some excellent individual performances from the players including Bella James and Caitlin Blakely scoring quality runs.

The Otago A team played an important three-day fixture against Auckland in Invercargill at the start of March which was really well hosted by Southland Cricket - thank you guys. The group of players we have in the wider training group are developing well. We have seen some excellent individual and team results over the season which is really pleasing. Highlights include hundreds for Cam Hawkins, Llew Johnson and consistent performance from Josh Tasman-Jones. Angus McKenzie and Travis Muller who have been stand outs with the ball alongside Tommy Clout, Ben Lockrose and Blair Soper.

Staff including coaches and support staff are working hard on end of season reviews for all of our programmes. The feedback of players and those close to the team is crucial to us as we seek to learn and grow our environments to be as good as they can be. Reviews are being carried out via zoom which is different but players and staff are adapting very well. All the best to everyone.