SOME new faces could be exactly what CYMS need for the 2013-14 Orange District Cricket Association first grade season.
Last season, CYMS suffered an outright grand final loss to Orange City.
This season CYMS will have a new captain in Hugh Le Lievre and some different faces in the line-up.
“We’ll have a slightly different looking side compared to the end of last season,” Le Lievre said.
“There are some people who are unavailable with work and family commitments. That means there is an opportunity for a few junior players, who have played in the junior ranks, to make their first grade debuts.”
CYMS will still boast plenty of experience with Le Lievre, Dave Neil, Hamish Finlayson, Al Dhatt and Michael Campbell, as well as Sam Dwyer and Chris Novak.
Le Lievre said the side would welcome some new players who have come to Orange for work and joined the club.
The CYMS captain said the most exciting part of the team’s preparation has been the number of young players showing up at training.
“It will be a bit of a transition year for us,” he said.
“The more younger players who participate in senior games bodes well for the club’s future.”
Le Lievre added, after suffering a grand final loss in 2012-13, it could be those young players who make the difference this season.
“They give a refreshing attitude and approach,” he said.
“There’s the opportunity for us to improve as the season goes on.”
The CYMS captain said the players from all grades were working together to ensure the club can have a successful season.
CYMS have entered one side in each of the four grades this season (first, second and third grades, and Centenary Cup).
“From the club’s point of view, we want to be competitive across all four teams,” he said.
“We’ll push for the finals. If you make the finals it’s a different game. We just want to remain competitive across all four grades.”