Western Australia's Under 17 Male team
will get their campaign at the 2012 National Championships in Hobart underway
on Monday and coach Lindsay Flinn says they have a "good chance" to win the whole
WA finished champions in 2009 and 2010
before coming fourth last year. The team begins their 2012 campaign against
Northern Territory at Lindisfarne Oval, Hobart, on Monday.
Claremont-Nedlands batsman Cameron Steel was
handed his cap as skipper by Warriors and Scorchers all-rounder Mitch Marsh at Thursday's
function prior to the team flying out on Friday evening. Steel was a key member
of last year's side, scoring 247 runs at 49.4, including an unbeaten century
Flinn said the side's strength was the
batting department, earmarking the likes of Steel, Bayswater-Morley's Jake
Lewis, Fremantle's Anthony Collova and Joondalup's Clint Hinchliffe as players
to look out for.
"It's a very strong batting group on
paper. You don't win games on paper, but we have some depth," Flinn said.
"Our bowling line-up is more steady so our strength would be
He added: "Cameron Steel made a
hundred in a game last year for us, so he's one to look out for. Jake Lewis is
another, while Anthony Collova has been playing First Grade all year for Fremantle
so we expect him to go well.
"Clint played SchoolSport last year.
He was the player of the SchoolSport team last season, he made in excess of 300
runs and was also part of the Under 15 side. He's got talent."
Flinn rated his side's chances of returning
to the winners' list, although he conceded the traditional strong states would
provide tough opposition.
"We have a good chance to win. We
didn't come here to make up the numbers that's for sure," Flinn said.
"New South Wales are usually very
strong, they won it last season. Queensland have had some very good under-age
teams in recent years. Victoria finished bottom last year, which is unheard of,
so they'll be back. Those three will be the big opposition."
Four players from last year's tournament
have been named in the 13-member squad, in Steel, Lewis, Jarryd McPhee and
Aaron Summers. Lewis will be Steel's vice captain, while McPhee, who took seven
wickets at last year's event, is also part of the leadership group.
The team arrived in Hobart, well ahead of
their opener against Northern Territory, which Flinn said would hopefully help
the side have its best possible preparation.
"It's good to get here two days in
advance so we can have a run and prepare ourselves to play. It's
something we've done in recent years so we think it works well," he
Cameron Steel (Captain, Claremont-Nedlands),
Anthony Collova (Vice Captain, Fremantle), Jaron Morgan (Joondalup), Jarryd McPhee
(Wanneroo), Jake Lewis (Bayswater-Morley), Jake Carder (Fremantle), Rhys
Hampson (Bayswater-Morley), Clint Hinchliffe (Joondalup), George True-Penter (Mt
Lawley), Bevan Bennell (Midland-Guildford), Aaron Summers (Wanneroo), Cody
Wilson (Bayswater-Morley), Liam Guthrie (Perth)
Monday Dec 10; WA v Northern Territory,
Tuesday Dec 11; WA v ACT, New Town Oval
Thursday & Friday Dec 13-14; WA v
Queensland, TCA Ground
Sunday & Monday Dec 16-17; WA v NSW,
New Town Oval
Wednesday & Thursday Dec 19-20; WA v
Victoria, Lindisfarne Oval