The future of indoor cricket in Australia is bright, with new coaches and managers having recently been appointed for our elite Australian indoor cricket teams.
Brenton Brien will lead our Australian Open Men’s team for the next three years, supported by Team Manager, Grant MacQuarrie. Brien and MacQuarrie have each been involved as officials at an Australian level previously with the 21 & Under Men’s Australian team, and have both been involved in their respective positions with the Queensland Open Men’s team for several years.
Our Australian Open Women’s team will be led by Wendy Kemp, with Maleah Harris to remain in the role as Team Manager, a role which she has held for nine years. Kemp excelled on the court as a player with the Australian team for several years, and following her retirement from playing, has held a variety of coaching roles. As the current coach of the Queensland Open Women’s team, a Specialist Coach at last year’s WICF Indoor Cricket World Cup, as well as coaching at an Australian Masters level, Kemp will bring a lot of energy and experience into her new position.
Both Brien and Kemp step into these coaching roles following the retirements of Ross Gregory and Donna Dalby, who have having been coaching Australian teams for a combined 26 years. Whilst Australian Cricket are sad to lose the experience of these coaches, Brien and Kemp will have the opportunity to create their own legacy with their respective teams.
Rob Boiston (Coach) and Sam Bright (Team Manager) will lead our next generation of players in the 21 & Under Men’s Australian team. Boiston has a significant amount of experience behind him, having previously held the New Zealand Open Men’s coaching position, the Australian Open’s Men’s Assistant Coach position and has also been involved in the State talent pathway with Queensland for a number of years. Coupled with Bright’s experience managing Victorian and Australian Masters teams, the 21 & Under Men’s Australian team will be well led as they continue to strive to achieve success on the International stage.
Having won the 21 & Under Women’s World Cup last year, Cindy Kross has been reappointed into the role of Coach, with Tom Holt as the Team Manager. Kross has achieved many successes as a player both in indoor and outdoor representative cricket, and has continued her involvement in the sport as a coach for several years now at a National level and within the State junior talent pathway in Western Australia.
Appointed coaches and managers will lead our Australian teams for the next three years in preparation for the 2020 WICF Indoor Cricket World Cup, where we hope to continue our record of having never have lost a World Cup in any division.
Congratulations to all of those appointed.