Eddy upbeat about his new club’s prospects

IN CHARGE: Adam Eddy has joined North Ballarat as its captain-coach for season 2015-16. Picture: David Brehaut.

ADAM Eddy knows he hasa bigtask on his hands.

Jason Crosbie

But he’s very confident the jobcan reap some rewards.

The 27-year-old is the man entrusted to take North Ballarat back to the top of the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts competition after signing as captain-coach for the next two seasons.

Eddy has crossed to the Roosters fromMeeniyan Dumbalk United in the Leongatha District Cricket Association, where he enjoyed one of his best seasons as a player during the 2014-15 campaign.

Here, the all-rounder took a massive 57 wickets at an average of 8.25 and made a handy 149 runs at 24.83.

This followed a long career with fellow LDCA club Imperials -where he has played most of his cricket –anda stint withBroadbeach Robina on the Gold Coast.

The 2014-15 season was an impressive return for a player coming into the prime of his career and about to embark on an exciting new journey in unfamiliar surrounds.

Eddy told The Courier he was impressed with the talent at the Roosters and is aiming for a rapid rise up the ladder in his first season in charge.

He said the goal was to win more gamesand become more competitive, while striving for the top four.

North won just one game and collected awooden spoon last season, but Eddy is upbeat about thechances of reaching finals in 2015-16.

“I’m pretty happy with our preparation and where we are at at the moment. Everyone is up and about, which is good,” Eddy, who operates his own landscaping business,said.

“Peopleoutside the club don’t think much is going on, but internally we are pretty confident.

“There’s alot of talent here.”

Eddy, aleft-armfast-medium bowler andmiddle-lower order batsman, replaces last season’s coachJason Crosbie and captain Leigh Lorenzen.

There has been a decent turnover from the team that struggled through last campaign, withJakob Tidyman andMitch Zakynthinos joiningFootscray-Edgewater andAsh McCafferty signing with fellow Victorian Premier Cricket club Carlton.

Despite the magnitude of some of the losses, there is important inclusions.

Among the ins is “very helpful” all-rounderSujith Krishnamoorthy, who joins from Colac, and Englishtop order batsman/wicket-keeperRyan Plom. Both are set to play for the Roosters in the round one clash against last season’s minor premiersGolden Point this weekend.

North’s start to the season doesn’t get much easier in round two, with a fixture againstMt Clear.

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