It’s been a big off-season at Casey South Melbourne, with new appointments and recruits, but also some tragic news for the club.
Newly appointed President Shaun Petrie says:
“Following a tragic year with the very sad passing of our club president Ross Hibbins, I’m extremely humbled and honoured to be asked to get on board with Casey South Melbourne.
We’re thrilled to have Brian Keogh back as Head Coach, Brian’s organisation, passion and real connection with the playing group will hold us in great stead.
Make no mistake, we’re out to give the established premier clubs a real run for their money this season. We’re building on South Melbourne Cricket Club’s long distinguished history with a new working-class attitude. We’re a Cranbourne sporting club, we’re going to embrace the community we live in and represent it very well.
A couple of things we’re determined to be better at include:
- Revamping and investing largely in our Damian Fleming Academy for young talent.
- Establishing a much closer connection to local community cricket clubs.
- Establish connections with our local multi-cultural communities.
Build on our already large supporter’s group to make Casey Fields ‘The home of the bloods’.”
Newly appointed Head Coach Brian Keogh also wanted to give an update with what’s happening on the field for season 2019/20:
“I have been working closely with Craig Lambden, our Director of Cricket and Matt Pearson our Head of Development in the retention of our playing list from last season. It looks like we will have as much as 95% of our players returning this season. It’s a great result and in part, reflects the culture we are looking to build.
I’m delighted that Will Carr, a former first-class player and outstanding district bowler will work with our bowler’s part-time.
Brett Lewis will also join our coaching panel. Brett was Head Coach of the club 5 years ago, is very well known in the area and understands the game well.
Matt Pearson will captain the 3rds again and we have recruited Stu Fairley from Brighton as our 4th XI skipper. Stu captained Brighton 2nd XI to a premiership last season. He will provide stability and leadership for our young group.
Luke Wells is returning this season which is brilliant for our whole club. Nathan Freitag is also returning to our club after a successful stint in Tasmania and will spearhead our batting order with Wellsy.
Jordy Hammond joins us from Hallam Kalora Park, Nick Huttley from West Bentleigh, Steve Sandhu a former county second XI player has moved in the area and will play with us.
Blake Mills returns to our club and we will hopefully have one or two other former players join our pre-season.
We are excited about all of our young players and plan on nurturing them and giving them every opportunity.
Pre-season starts in late July in the brand-new indoor facilities at Casey Sports Complex and they are outstanding.
Sean and the executives have been incredibly supportive, and we are closely aligned in our aspirations for our club.”
The club is excited for season 2019/20 and can’t wait to get pre-season underway in late July.