A youthful Cowra side has been named to defend the Grinsted Cup against Grenfell at Holman Oval this Sunday including dual debutantes.
Bowling Club’s Tom Thuaux and Morongla’s Isaac McFarland will get their introduction to the senior representative scene, while youngster Sam Long returns making up a trio of players who are under the age of 16.
With a number of players unavailable this weekend, coach Matt Crawley described it as the perfect time to give an opportunity to some of Cowra’s rising talent.
“With circumstances the way they are this week now’s as good a time as any to blood some young teenagers,” Matt Crawley said.
“In particular with the depth with have in the side and the amount of experience it’s the perfect time.”
Long, a top order batsmen, was a part of the side that won the Grinsted Cup in Parkes prior to Christmas but for Thuaux and McFarland this will be their debuts.
Thuaux is a young all-rounder and handy fieldsman while McFarland is a promising off-spinner.
The young trio will have plenty of experience to learn off with Cowra’s core group of players named to lead the way on Sunday.
Skipper Nick Berry along with his brother Tim, Mick Curtale, Scott Gray, Jacob McNaught and Brendan Traves are all regulars in the Cowra outfit.
“I’m certainly confident but we’re not underestimating Grenfell. I’ve spoke to a few of them over there this week and from what I’ve gathered they’ve cast a wide net,” Crawley said.
“They’ll definitely be a different proposition to their Saturday side.
“They took the date up so on the score of enthusiasm they’ll be tough. You don’t get easy representative games.”
There’s a possibility Grenfell will feature a number of former guns including Starr brothers Zac and Hamish, Brendan Whitechurch and Phil Simpson, Crawley said.
“We’re anticipating a strong challenge.”
The game starts from 10am, Sunday at Holman Oval.
Next Sunday West Wyalong is scheduled to challenge the winner.
Nick Berry (c), Tim Berry, Conor Crook, Mick Curtale, Scott Gray, Sam Long, Isaac McFarland, Jacob McNaught, Brendan Traves, Tom Thuaux.