IRREWARRA Cricket Club officials hope new co-captains Dave Jackson and Mick Embrey will help lead the club to an elusive premiership.
Irrewarra’s finals campaigns have ended in semi-final defeat to City United and Alvie in the past two Colac district cricket seasons.
Jackson, who crossed with Embrey to Irrewarra from City United, said building towards a cricket premiership when the season started in October was Irrewarra’s aim.
“It definitely is because I know when we were both at City United, Irrewarra was the strongest club going around,” he said.
“I think they played in six or seven grand finals in a row so they have obviously had success and we want to get back to that if we can.”
Work and family commitments will limit the availability of Irrewarra stalwarts Tim Foley and Ian Scoble as well as former Deans Marsh captain Leighton Hart.
But Jackson said Irrewarra had recruits on its radar including Micah Buchanan and City United’s Kaden Newton.
“We’ll start ringing all the guys from last year and making sure they are all right but as far as I can tell most of them should be pretty right,” he said
“Guys like Tim Foley, Ian Scoble and Leighton Hart might play limited roles but apart from that everyone’s pretty right.
“Micah Buchanan is back this summer so he could be one guy we think we might be able to get and definitely we’ll start working on a few new recruits in the next couple of months.”
Irrewarra Cricket Club president Jaccob Rodda said he was excited to have Jackson and Embrey in charge of the club’s premiership pursuit.
“The club saw they had put in a lot of hard work on and off the field in the last few years,” he said.
“It was a big commitment for them to come across a few years ago and their services have been of a very high standard.”