Park get back to basics

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Collingwood Park's Ben Grey.
Camera IconCollingwood Park's Ben Grey. Credit: Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Collingwood Park coach Matt Heberle says his team’s batting and fielding must improve this season as they seek to push back into A-grade finals contention.

The club will look to be major movers in 2019-20 after only winning four games last season.

Nathan Dovey will be a key player having scored the most runs (320) for Collingwood Park last summer.

Collingwood Park will also need Ben Grey to fire as he did in 2018-19, taking 25 wickets.

Heberle said his side’s batting last year was disappointing.

“Batting let us down last year, we weren’t doing the basics well, like rotation of strike and not enough guys dug in,” he said.

“I think our stats would reflect that not many guys stuck it out and reaped the rewards of that hard work and kicked on and made big scores”.

The coach said bowling was a standout feature of their last campaign.

“Our bowling was exceptional. Guys like Grey, Ben Carter and Steve Van Nierop were big wicket-takers for us,” he said.

He has also poured the pressure on his side’s standards in the field.

“Unfortunately, at big moments in the field we let ourselves down with dropped catches and poor fielding,” he said.

“We think if we can tidy up our fielding and work harder with the bat and post some more competitive totals we are a threat to any side.”

Heberle said there were no players in the firing line.

“Having sat in on committee meetings in recent times and being in the leadership group, we don’t put pressure on any individual players at Collingwood Park,” he said.

“We want the improvement to come from the whole club”.

Collingwood Park will kick off their season next Saturday against Manypeaks.

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