THANKS to their breakthrough semi-finals success last Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade season Rugby Union Cricket Club come into the 2016-17 competition with confidence.
Saturday’s opening match against Centennials Bulls at the Sportsground is an exciting encounter as it pits the Bulldogs against the very same team they defeated by a single run in last season’s semi-final.
In what will be a big boost to their batting stocks Rugby Union have welcomed Jameel and Imran Qureshi to the club.
With fresh faces and determination to find success again, Rugby Union captain Sam Macpherson is looking forward to the opening round.
“We’re going in with a fair bit of confidence. We were pretty happy with our finals performance last season,” he said.
“We’re looking a lot stronger right now compared to our recent years.
“Jameel and Imran are playing with us and they’re former Rugby Union juniors so it’s good to have them back.
“I’ve played a lot of matches with them in the past and it’s exciting to play alongside them here.
“The other really good thing for us this season is that we’ve got a lot of good, young players in second grade we can call on like Brenden Pallier, Deua Berry and Ryan Newell.”
Mitch Curle and Scott Johnston are unavailable for the opening week’s action, giving both Pallier and Kesh Pillai a start in the opening first grade game of the season.