By Tara Murray
Finding more consistency going forward will be the key for the Greenvale Kangaroos in Victorian Premier Cricket.
The Kangaroos showed some good signs this season, but too often weren’t able to back it up week-to-week, which proved costly.
The Kangaroos finished the season in 16th with just three wins.
Kangaroos skipper Michael Stretton said consistency had been a problem for the side this season.
“We’ve definitely had some ups and downs,” he said.
“It’s the reason why we’re not in the top half of the competition. We’ve had some good wins and showed the talent and skill to be a good side.
“We need to do that week-in-week.”
The Kangaroos fielded one of the most inexperienced sides in the competition, with many players getting their first real opportunity at this level.
Throw in a couple of experienced recruits, most of the Kangaroos team hadn’t played together before.
Stretton said more time together as a group would help them climb up the ladder.
“There’s definitely guys who have gotten better throughout the year,” he said.
“It’s a very new team and a very inexperienced side, which is challenging.
“Hopefully the boys as a group and individually can keep getting better. As long as the side can stick together.
“The more they play together they get to know each other and gel as a unit.”
Stretton said some of the younger players had really taken their opportunities this season.
Sean McNicholl has become the leader of the bowling attack, while Connor Hayes has shown a lot of potential.
Englishman Jack Potticary, who made a century in the second last round, has completed his first full season of premier cricket and made a few good scores.
Huzma Ali continues to improve as well.
The Kangaroos finished their season on Saturday with a loss to Fitzroy Doncaster.
Chasing 248, the Kangaroos were bowled out for 130. Stretton said they were disappointed not to finish the season on a high.
“They bowled a really disciplined line and there was a bit in the wicket,” he said.
“We didn’t do a whole lot wrong with the attitude and application quite good. We just couldn’t get on top of them.”
The match was also the final premier cricket game for Kyle Adams, who announced his retirement during the week.
Stretton said it was nice to give Adams an opportunity to play one game in the first XI, having spent most of the year as the second XI captain.
“He’s someone who has contributed a lot to both North Melbourne and Greenvale Kangaroos.
“He’ll still be around the club helping the VTCA boys. He’s very experienced and a knowledgeable cricketer.
“He’ll help the VTCA guys and the young guys and hopefully will get a couple of them through into premier cricket.”