COACH MARQUIS TELLS GERALDTON TO THINK BIG
A calm Gerard Marquis has called for his young squad to back themselves in at the 2018 Alcohol Think Again Junior Cricket Country Week.
Marquis, who is coach of the Geraldton Junior A-Section 16s, said it would be a big test for his side in seeing how they measured up against other associations during the week.
“We would obviously love to win it, but our focus is more on giving the boys that taste and experience of cricket at a higher level and competing in the right manner,” Marquis said. “We don’t boast a large population but our squad is very tight with representation from Dongara, Geraldton, Northampton and Mullewa.”
Marquis, who lives in Geraldton said his message for the game of cricket in the Midwest was as simple as remaining positive in a trying time for the region. “Having moved to the area in 2008 it’s noticeable that competitive sport has been hit hard with a decline in population,” Marquis said. “We believe that despite all this that strong talent exists within our administration and coaching which gives us time to turn it around for the kids in our region.”
On being questioned about his current squads’ talent Marquis identified attitude and playing with freedom as key components to a successful carnival. “We have a fantastic team culture and potential match winners with bat and ball,” Marquis said. “Our captain Josh Delacy is an outstanding all-rounder and I feel Alex Solomon and Darcy Ingle will also impress with the ball and gloves.”
Results: T-20 (Game One) Albany 6/157 defeated Geraldton 7/124
T-20 (Game Two) Geraldton 7/139 defeated Albany 9/126
Geraldton will meet Peel Junior Cricket Association on day two of the carnival in the limited overs format.