Otago Under 17
Beckham Greenhall-Wheeler, Tommy Wilson, Dom Madden, Cam Jackson,
Reece Collin, Caleb Carson, Thomas Harding, Harrison Biggs, Tom Demspter, George Bell, Charlie Holt, Blair McKenzie, Louis Holt, Nathan Hastie, Josh Kellet, Michael Ruske, Finn Ward, Ben Hatton, Sean Withy, Mason James, Angus Herron
The U17 programme is the first formalized stage in the Otago Cricket Performance and Talent player pathway model and provides identified and selected players with an opportunity to further develop their cricketing skills at a national level and in a very competitive and physically challenging environment.
Players are selected with a pathway to domestic cricket and representation of the Otago Volts in mind. Otago Cricket look not only at the technical and tactical skills of the athlete but the key personality traits that athletes in a performance environment require, to become successful First Class cricketers.
The path to representing Otago at the U17 National Tournament starts with gaining selection into the U17 District Tournament which is held this season in Oamaru at Labour weekend 22-24 October 2016. Players are selected by their District Associations to attend this tournament with the Otago Cricket selection criteria at front of mind.
District coaches for 2016/17 Tournament are as follows:
- North Otago – Andrew Harding, Francois Mostert
- Southland – Joe Clayton and James Carr
- Otago Country – Kyle Patterson, Willie Miller
- Dunedin Metro – Tama Walker
Players must be aged 16yrs, or younger, as of September 1st 2016.
How is the Otago U17 team selected?
Overseen by the Manager of Performance and Talent, Simon Forde; a panel of selectors will select the Otago U17 Team to play at the National Tournament in January 2017. The selection panel for 2016/17 is:
o Will DEERNESS – Otago Cricket Manager Community Cricket
o Craig CUMMING – Otago Cricket Performance and Talent ID Coach (part time)
o Mark BRACEWELL – Otago Cricket Performance and Talent ID Coach
The selection panel will approach each District coach at the U17 District Tournament as part of the selection process.
A player who misses selection for a District Association team for whatever reason, including but not limited to injury or unavailability, may still be considered for selection for the Otago U17 team at the discretion of the selection panel.
Following the District tournament in Oamaru, a wider training squad will be selected to attend a training camp in Dunedin. This camp is designed to test the specific technical and tactical skills of each player.
The camp will be run by Performance and Talent area Otago Cricket coaching staff.
Following the camp, the selectors will name a pre-tournament squad of players who will form part of the Otago U17 pre- tournament preparation programme.
Who is coaching the Otago U17 team?
Will Deerness will be coaching the team at National tournament this season. His assistant will be Francois Mostert from North Otago.
Will Deerness will be assisted throughout the tournament preparation phase by Performance and Talent staff coaches.
Otago Cricket is focused on investing in players who demonstrate the right personal characteristics which underlie the essential characteristics of the ultimate “Voltman”. Selection criteria at this level will consider the following points:
o Playing history
o Recent performance
o Technical, Tactical and Mental skills
o Potential to be a First Class cricketer and beyond
o Fielding and general athletic ability
o Commitment too and love of the game
o Behaviour – Adherence to Otago crickets core values
When selecting a team consideration will be made regarding the balance of the squad. This balance can be influenced by many factors including tournament duration and match format.