Crosbie new North Ballarat coach

JASON Crosbie says it’s an honour to be appointed senor coach of his lifelong cricket club.

New North Ballarat Cricket Club head senior coach Jason Crosbie.

New North Ballarat Cricket Club head senior coach Jason Crosbie.

North Ballarat has opted with the 31-year-old to take the club forward, with the opening bowler officially taking over the reins from former coach Bobby Hind.

Crosbie, who joined the club at the age of 12 and has played more than 50 club firsts games in the Ballarat Cricket Association, said he was looking forward to the task at hand.

“It’s the club that I’ve grown up playing with and it’s a big honour to lead that club. It’s something I never thought would happen, but it has now and I’m looking forward to taking the challenge on,” Crosbie said.

Crosbie said a return to the BCA finals was his main aim for the senior side.

“With the list we have got and the younger kids have had a good couple of years experience playing A-grade cricket, I think it’s time we really pushed for a top-four position,” he said.

Crosbie said he was hopeful Hind would stay on at the club as a player, with the club still to appoint a club firsts captain for the 2014-15 season.

Roosters president Stuart McGregor said the club had spoken with numerous candidates over a six-week period before making its appointment.

“Jason is passionate about the cricket club and believes he has the ability to take the club forward; we as a committee fully support Jason and are excited by what the future has in store,” McGregor posted on the club’s Facebook page. 

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