VICTORIAN Bushrangers Rob Quiney and Marcus Stoinis were the star attractions at the Diamonds in the Bush cricket clinics at Dimboola on Monday and Tuesday.
Veteran Quiney, who played two Tests for Australia, and young gun Stoinis were among the coaches to put two groups of cricketers from the Western Country region through their paces.
Among the under-15s group were four Wimmera cricketers – Joseph Reid, Birchip, Jack Landrigan, Hopetoun, Louis Preston, Kiata, and Dawson Cross, Horsham Saints.
Jung Tigers’ Angus Adams was one of three Wimmera players in the under-19 group, alongside Horsham Saints’ Josh Carroll and Kiata’s Darcy Preston.
Cricket Victoria’s western country regional cricket manager Stephen Field said it was a worthwhile experience for all involved.
“It was an outstanding two days of cricket,” he said.
“We had the younger ones the first day and the older guys the second day.
"Bob and Marcus were very generous with their time, giving the kids technical and mental advice on how to approach the game and things they can do to take their games to a higher level.”
Carroll, who was part of the Western Waves under-18 squad last season, said it was good to brush up on some skills with the cricket season still a few months away.
“It was really good,” he said.
“We did a lot of batting, particularly working on the short stuff and then we went into some game-sense situations.
“At this time of the year you haven’t done too much cricket so it sort of irons out a few technical things.”
Field said the squads contained some of the most talented junior cricketers in the region.
“Hopefully they gather a greater understanding of what it takes to make it throught to those higher levels – the way you plan and the way you prepare,” he said.