Adam Atwood always helping at Homers

DEVELOPMENT: Adam Atwood watches the ball fly through point after playing a cut shot during the 2015-2016 A Grade season.

DEVELOPMENT: Adam Atwood watches the ball fly through point after playing a cut shot during the 2015-2016 A Grade season.

EVERY year when the clocks are adjusted for daylight savings Adam Atwood gets extra excited for the upcoming cricket season.

As well as being a regular in the Homers A Grade side Atwood is the club’s treasurer, is on the committee and coached one of the club’s under-14s sides to the grand final last season.

In the past he has also acted as the club’s secretary and regularly inputs scores onto MyCricket. 

He said the club had grown quickly and more encompassing in recent years.

“We’ve gotten involved with tennis now as well and Ash Hopper has been great growing the junior cricket program,” he said.

“The club used to be mostly about senior cricket  but now there are over a hundred playing members including the juniors and the tennis.

“It’s just a great club to be involved with in such a social environment.”

Homers president Simon Hopper said Atwood was invaluable around the club.

“He just does so much around the club,” he said.

“Clubs rely on people like Adam because you simply can’t operate without those volunteers who will put there hands up to fulfil a variety of roles.”

Atwood said he was passionate about helping the juniors develop into future A Grade cricketers for the club as well as giving them a chance to play at a higher level.

“Our A Grade team isn’t getting any younger so the juniors that are coming through the ranks now are ones I’m going to be teammates with in a few years time,” he said.

“It will be awesome if some of them can also take the step up to play representative cricket as well, it’s not just about being a bush cricketer forever.”

Atwood recalled starting cricket in the under-14s competition.

He said he enjoyed passing on the knowledge he received from more experience teammates and coaches.

“I don’t think there would be many better people to learn from than Sandy Hodge,” he said. “Then there is the Hoppers, all those guys that have so much knowledge to pass on.

“I’m looking forward to when my son is old enough so that I can coach him as well.”

He said more people should get involved in cricket because it is a much more social sport that anyone of any skill level can enjoy.

“It’s not like footy because there isn’t necessarily that advantage of being big and fast,” he said. “You can enjoy it at any skill level and that’s what we really push with our juniors. They aren’t all going to be the best cricketers in the world but they just enjoy it and they appreciate just being able to play the game.” 

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