South West can make finals: coach

SOUTH WEST skipper Travis Brown says the association is capable of making provincial finals at Melbourne Country Week next month.

Brown was yesterday named to lead the South West’s 13-player squad for the February tournament.

South West is preparing for its second year in the top grade after its 2013 debut reaped two wins from four matches.

Brown is adamant South West won’t shy away from its challenge, saying it was hoping to “win them all if we can”.

“You have to be confident,” he said.

“Last year we went down and didn’t know what to expect.”

Brown has replaced Pomborneit’s Steve Castle as skipper.

The Heytesbury Rebels leader described the captaincy “as a bit of an honour”.

“There are a lot of good players in the team who could do the job,” Brown said.

“I am happy to take the role and take it on but you get a lot of help down there.”

South West named three new faces in its country week team — Heytesbury Rebels’ pair Chris Dendle and Chris Vogles and Noorat skipper Wil Pomorin. 

Pomborneit wicketkeeper Dave Murphy will make his country week return.

“Dendle is our spin bowler for the week,” Brown said.

“He has improved over the last two years playing for Heytesbury.

“He’s been getting wickets and proved he’s the best spinner in the league.

“Vogles is a good, left-arm quick who will give the experienced bowlers a hand at times.

“He is a very good fielder and adds a bit there.

“Pomorin will add strength to the batting line-up.”

Brown said South West’s ample experience would hold it in good stead.

“It is a similar team to previous years with a few fresh faces in there,” he said.

“The blokes we have picked are having good seasons and have earned their spots.

“I think we are a good, all-round team.”

Melbourne Country Week runs from February 17 to 21.

justine.mc@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

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