MEN'S PRE-SEASON UPDATE - 22 SEPTEMBER 2020
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Message from the President, Jeremy Hook:
"Thanks to everyone for their cooperation and good humour throughout this pre-season. This has been a very different pre-season, and the assistance afforded by coaches, captains, committee and players has made sure we’ve done the very best we could.
The good news is 1st and 2nd Grade will get their season underway on Saturday. Chairman of Selectors Jack Moran will announce those teams tonight. Selecting teams is a tough job, and we thank Jack and the selectors for their thoroughness.
The following serves as a notice about what the next few weeks will look like:
1st and 2nds Grade will train at MTO on Tuesday (22 Sep), and Thursday (24 Sep) this week and next from 4pm – dark. Lower grades will not train at these times for the dual reasons of there being limited training time pre-daylight savings and them not playing for five weeks.
On Thursday (24 Sep) after training, all 1st/2nd Grade players need to be registered and will receive new training gear.
Players not playing 1st and 2nd Grade will have a full training session at MTO this Saturday (26 Sep), from 9am – midday (arrive 8:45am). These players will then have the long weekend free – there is no training on Saturday 3rd October. Enjoy the break. After the long weekend, lower grades commence a specialised build-up unlike anything we’ve done before.
All grades start normal midweek training after the long weekend – on Tuesday, 6th and Thursday, 8th October. We will start taking registrations for lower grade players from Tuesday, 6th and will distribute new training gear to all registered players.
The coaching staff are finalising details of the Lower Grade program for Saturdays, 10th/17th/24th October, to provide an interesting and challenging lead-in to the first round on 31st October. While that feels some time away, it will come around quickly and we will be well-prepared for that time.
Once again, congratulations and thanks to all concerned on a great pre-season to date. Thanks for adapting to the changed and changing environment so well. This spirit is extremely encouraging when we consider the season ahead."
COVER UP AND PRACTICE GOOD SUN CARE
Test cricket great Peter Taylor and NDCC Life Member has warned of the secret skin cancer killer that lurks our there each and every summer.
To read Peter’s timely warning which was published in the Daily Telegraph on 19 September, CLICK HERE.