THERE’S a change in the air at Camberwell Cricket Club, and the promise of another fiercely competitive season has everyone at the club in high spirits.
Following an off season that has delivered them Tasmanian fast bowler Brendan Drew, as well as training camps to Brisbane and Kilmore, Magpies captain Simon Hill and head coach Shannon Young have strong hopes for the coming season.
‘‘For the first time in a lot of years at Camberwell we go into a season with a bit of expectation,’’ Young says.
‘‘We don’t tend to deal in scorecards; we think if we get our processes right then everything looks after itself and we’ll win enough games to be competitive in all three forms of the game.’’
As well as Drew, Camberwell managed to snare five-time premiership player Simon O’Brien from St Kilda, keeper-batsman Alex Stanley from Geelong, and Queensland leg spinner Adam McDermott for the 2012-13 campaign.
‘‘To bring those guys in, and then the development of other players, it’s pretty exciting,’’ Young says.
With the injection of the new players, and the benefits of one of the youngest squads in the competition, Young is itching to get the season rolling.
‘‘Pre-season has its highs and lows; in some ways it goes too long,’’ Young says.
‘‘You just want to get into games and you want to have a crack at it.’’
The club had its first taste of competitive cricket with a trip to Brisbane for games against local grade sides.
‘‘One of the better things I’ve done in cricket,’’ Young says.
‘‘To get 300 overs in at the start of September, from a cricket point of view that just doesn’t happen.
‘‘And from a holistic point of view for our group, we saw just how lucky we are in Victoria ... culturally it was great and showed just how progressive we are as a club.’’
And after making finals for the first time in five years last season, Young hopes this group can take the next step.
‘‘While we made finals, we believe we let ourselves down with our performance and it may have lit a fire in some of the guys,’’ he says.