ONE of the most productive off-seasons in recent history has Pomborneit well positioned for the South West Cricket season.
The Bulls could have as many as five new faces take to the field for their season opener against Bookaar at Pomborneit Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Camperdown batsman Darcy Skene headlines the arrivals and will likely have a role in the top order.
All-rounders Matt Bignell (Russells Creek), Coby Dudman (Lismore) and Peter Robertson (Smythesdale) have also joined.
And Tim Place returns to his home club after a season-long stint opening the batting at Camperdown.
Off-spinner Steve O’Neill is the sole departure although the club is uncertain how much cricket wicketkeeper Grant Place will play.
New Pomborneit captain Dave Murphy said the recruits had generated excitement at the club. “It gives us a lot more depth in our batting and bowling and also for our lower division side as well,” he said.
“Potentially, all those blokes are division one cricketers.”
Murphy said the additions meant there would be welcome competition for spots in the first XI.
“Obviously picking up these extra blokes will mean other blokes need to perform more consistently, not once out of every three weeks,” he said.
“Hopefully it gets the best out of everyone.”
Pomborneit was in the top two for most of last season and claimed the minor premiership with 13 wins from 16 one-day matches.
But a dismal batting display condemned it to grand final defeat at the hands of back-to-back champion Mortlake.
Murphy said the result would be motivation for the Bulls who had hung around.
“If that doesn’t motivate you, nothing will,” he said.
“We’re sure everyone will be keen to make amends for the poor performance in the grand final.
“It was the worst game we played all year.”