EVCA season set to hit-off
REIGNING Emu Valley Cricket Association premier Emu Creek has retained the 11 players who led it to glory last season.
The Creekers begin their flag defence on Saturday when they host Mandurang at J.G. Edwards Oval in the grand final rematch.
"We've kept everyone who we had last year, so that's pleasing," Emu Creek captain Daniel Chamberlain said on Friday.
"And we've got a few older players back to the club, which should help to build up our B grade side as well."
We've kept everyone who we had last year, so that's pleasing
However, while all 11 of the premiership team will be back to defend the flag this season, the Creekers have several round one unavailabilities, which will test the depth early.
Among those missing on Saturday are Anthony Collins, Brad Rowe, Leigh Byrne, Tim Croke and Lucas Ruedin.
The Creekers heading into the season as the reigning premier is a vastly different scenario to last year.
This time 12 months ago the Creekers had gone into the season on the back of a wooden-spoon, but in a remarkable turnaround, went on to win the premiership.
"It's a bit different coming in as the hunted, but we'll just approach it the same as last season," Chamberlain said.
"We've got good batting and bowling depth, which will hopefully, hold us in good stead.
"It looks like a lot of sides have picked up, so it's going to be a tough season."
Round one EVCA games - one-day matches:
Emu Creek v Mandurang; West Bendigo v United; Marong v Sedgwick; Axe Creek v Spring Gully; Golden Gully v Maiden Gully.