‘Catfish’ leads Frogs in 2022-23

THE Frog Pond will have a new head coach for the 2022-23 season in the form of a very familiar face.

Murgheboluc Cricket Club announced last month that former captain and former vice-chairman Daniel “Catfish” Grozdanovski will take on the role of head coach/player next season, a role he said he would enjoy when its senior cohort will enter GCA2.

“I’m pretty excited, to be honest,” Grozdanovski said.

“I’ve been with the club since I was under 13, but since coming into senior cricket I’ve done a bit of junior training and really enjoyed that aspect.

“It also stems a bit from my teaching background at North Geelong Secondary College, so I thought it would be a really good opportunity to give it a shot at the club I love.”

Grozdanovski’s list of awards in Murgheboluc speaks for itself.

Since joining the Newtown Frogs, he has won a top clubman award, club championship award, batting and bowling accolades, coached several junior teams, served five years on the committee (including two as vice-president) and was a member of the social commission.

In an unfortunate turn of events, Murgheboluc was relegated to GCA2 for 2022-23 and 2023-24, despite finishing eighth in the 10-team GCA1 in 2021-22.

Grozdanovski said despite going down a division, the caliber of the opposition would remain tough, coming up against top-tier sides such as Leopold, St Peters and Bell Post Hill.

“Division 2 is not going to be a walk in the park,” Grozdanovski said.

“Now, an eight-team competition, it’s going to be competitive.

“We can’t go into any of these games thinking we have a squad covered. Most teams will always have two or three players who can take a game away from you, especially if we end up starting with a one-day format like we did last year.

Murgheboluc will also field their first women’s team next season in what will be a historic moment for the club, in addition to the clubhouse upgrades that will take place at King Lloyd Reserve.

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