GOLDEN Gully Cricket Club has recruited John Elliott as senior coach for the Emu Valley Cricket Association’s 2012-13 season.
In the lead-up to its 12th season, club president David Hancock said securing Elliott was a significant step.
“To gain John Elliott as coach is a fantastic achievement for the club and its members,” Hancock said.
“John’s cricketing and technical knowledge will benefit not just the players, but all involved at Golden Gully.”
Elliott, 66, has had a successful playing and coaching career.
He played second and third XI cricket at Northcote before he relocated to Echuca to teach.
Elliott played cricket with Echuca South, Karingal, Kyabram and Lancaster.
During his stint at Lancaster, Elliott won the KDCA Player of the Year award.
On the coaching front, Elliott played a key role in Kyabram’s success at Melbourne and Bendigo Country Cricket Week carnivals.
He was coach at Kangaroo Flat when the first XI team won the 2004-05 premiership.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of coaching after a break of several years,” Elliott said.
“Representatives from Golden Gully Cricket Club impressed me with their professionalism and persistence.
“Hopefully, I can play a role in the club’s development and success,” he said of joining the Cobras.
Hancock praised Paul Barber for his dedication and commitment as the Cobras’ senior coach the past two seasons.
In another off-field development, Cr Peter Cox is Golden Gully’s inaugural No.1 member.
The Eaglehawk ward representative, Cr Cox played a key role in the redevelopment at the club’s home at California Gully Recreation Reserve.
The project, which ost more than $500,000, was completed in 2009.
“Peter’s commitment and drive to ensure the California Gully community had a recreational facility that was equal with other recreational reserves in Greater Bendigo was outstanding,” said Hancock.
Cr Cox said he was rapt to see a high number of teams using the facility throughout the year.
Golden Gully, which fields four teams, starts pre-season training this Sunday at the California Gully Recreation Reserve at 10am. Barbecue lunch available.