SHANE Harwood will play for Brown Hill tomorrow.
These are the words Brown Hill have been wanting to say for a few years now – and the confirmation the Bulls’ rivals have been almost dreading.
The former Australian fast bowler was named last night to face Darley and told The Courier at training how much he looked forward to returning to Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts.
There is plenty of interest in what he might serve up against the Lions.
And there are a few intrigued young batsmen about the ranks that are keen to face the 39-year-old – almost to tell the tales like a badge of honour.
No doubt they will learn pretty quick.
Harwood was pretty ruthless in the nets against his teammates last night, and that was before he had warmed up.
The BCA’s first round matches should set the tone for a close season.
Wendouree is vying for a sixth-straight flag but this could loom as the toughest season in their reign.
Mt Clear has recruited strong, reinforcing their team with headline players from rival clubs, including former North Ballarat captain Jarrod Burns, Napoleons-Sebastopol opening bat Les Sandwith and Golden Point paceman Ash Gunn.
None played in the BCA club competition last season.
All are named for round one.
But the most telling Mounties recruit will be new playing-coach Nathan Yates – the damaging all-rounder and dual EJ Cleary medallist, who returns from Geelong club Lara.
He makes his debut as a Mountie against his old club East Ballarat.
Wendouree, facing Golden Point, has been forced to draw on the depth that has held it in good stead for so long.
The Red Caps only have five of last season’s premiership players available in round one.
A mere 11 premiership players across the Red Caps’ firsts and seconds are available as the club launches its title defence in both grades.