NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Today we recognise the outstanding volunteers who have helped to engage with our broader community.
For the first time in many years, the club organised a team to represent the University of Tasmania at the UniSport T20 Nationals. Noah van de Werken made a fantastic contribution as Coach in organising the try-outs, selections, player details and registrations and helped us get on the plane! In addition Noah has been an active coach in our Junior Program, as Under 15 Premier League coach last season and Under 17 Premier League coach this season. Noah was well supported throughout the tournament by Team Manager Bob Cotgrove and long-time club volunteers Paul McNamara and Rob Greenwell.
The club entered new territory by entering a team into a social cricket competition, the Hurricanes Champions League this season. Whilst early days we struggled to get the numbers up on a regular basis, Simon Coogan took on the captaincy with great authority and led the team magnificently well. Simon has been a fantastic volunteer for many years, and will help with anything - running the canteen, clean up, covers duties - you name it! Simon was recognised this year as Best Club Person at the Annual Awards night for his consistent tendency to help the club in whatever way he can.
Ben Harrison rejoined the club in 2017 as High Performance Manager and moved into the role of Club Coach last season as we saw some movement in the coaching space. Ben has been a strong advocate for the Over 40's competition, which has been an outstanding success to bring club champions such as the likes of Graeme Cunningham, Brad Thomas, Nick Paine, Dom McNamara, Tony Daly and Josh Bean back to the club and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with representing the Lions, as well as an opportunity to further engage with our parents and supporters who would like the occasional hit of cricket. We all know "Bolts" ticks off what is in his position description, plus a whole lot more, and this is one example of the level of investment that he has in the club and the drive to make the club better. The Over 40's went down in a close final to Kingborough, which is still quite fresh for some of the guys, but we're sure they'll be back better than ever next season.
We thank and recognise Noah, Simon and Ben for all of their contributions to our club!