THE Monarch Cricket training clinic held in Merimbula and Bega last week is being hailed as a huge success.
Leader of the clinics Mark Higgs said he was delighted with the numbers.
“We had over 50 registered and a few walk ups which is really pleasing,” Higgs said.
The clinic included a number of returning juniors and also plenty of eager new talent.
“There are a lot of the old faces again and some new faces which is great.”
Higgs said the training program had been affected by the withdrawal of Blake Dean after his contract with the Sydney Thunder was extended.
“It’s had an impact, Blake was always supposed to be coming down for this.
“His contract has been extended ... and we hope to see him go well in the next game,” Higgs said.
Dean was replaced by two visiting Comets players, Vele Dukoski and Michael Spaseski.
Higgs said he was able to work around Dean’s absence and develop skills among juniors on the Far South Coast.
This was the second clinic run by Higgs as part of developing the coast as a feeder area for the larger Canberra clubs.
At a talk on Thursday, Higgs said he was keen to develop opportunities for local players.
“We create a pathway for guys in amongst Cricket Australia and we want to continue our relationship with cricket on the Far South Coast,” he said.
“[There is] opportunities through Cricket ACT, we’re hoping to make a strong link with the coast to see young players get ear-marked to play for Australia.”