WARATAHS’ comeback is almost complete.
This Saturday Waratahs will return to the Orange District Cricket Association’s first grade competition after being absent for three seasons.
Waratahs last played in the 2009-10 season where they finished fourth after losing the minor semi-final to Orange City.
Waratahs’ Adam Brakenridge said the players were looking forward to finally stepping onto the field after doing so much work to get the club up and running again.
“It’s exciting and a bit of a relief to get on the field after all the work we’ve done off the field,” Brakenridge explained.
“It will also be a good opportunity to have a look at the new guys.”
There will be some experienced heads lining up in the first grade side with Brakenridge joined by his brother Matt, as well as Rex Cochrane and Hugh Brown.
“We’ve also picked up a few young fellas. We won’t have the strongest team but it’s somewhere to start from,” Brakenridge said.
It has taken time to get Waratahs back this season.
It started at the end of the 2012-13 season when players got together and talked about making a return.
Since then they’ve had an annual general meeting, recruited players and nominated in Orange’s first grade, second grade and Centenary Cup competitions.
Brakenridge said his players want to show they belong in the top grade.
“We mainly want to prove ourselves,” he said.
“We don’t want to be seen as the easy beats. We want to improve every game and give teams a run for their money.”
He added they would blood some younger players during the season to ensure the club’s future was strong.
This season, the ODCA first grade sides will start with a five-week limited overs competition.
They will play each other once before the top two teams square off in the final.
Brakenridge said he thought this would suit his team.
“That first five weeks will help us. We’ll be able to ease into it,” he said.