New captain Jethro Serle hoping to steer Wangoom to Grassmere Cricket Association finals in 2017-18

NEW HORIZONS: Wangoom cricketers Nick Kermond, Matt Parkinson, Jethro Serle, Lachie Morrison and Jacob Lenehan are looking forward to the Grassmere cricket season. Picture: Christine Ansorge
NEW HORIZONS: Wangoom cricketers Nick Kermond, Matt Parkinson, Jethro Serle, Lachie Morrison and Jacob Lenehan are looking forward to the Grassmere cricket season. Picture: Christine Ansorge

NEW Wangoom captain-coach Jethro Serle says a productive off-season will help its quest for a Grassmere Cricket Association finals berth.

The opening bat joins wicketkeeper-batsman Jakob Stennett, opening bowler Nelson Reason and experienced assistant coach Lachie Morrison as inclusions at the Roosters.

Serle, 26, will get his first glimpse at the new-look Wangoom side when it plays defeated grand finalist Hawkesdale in the 2017-18 season-opener.

“I think we have recruited well and there will be natural improvement within in the club as well,” he said.

“I am really keen. I can’t wait to get started and it should be a good challenge.”

All nine Grassmere clubs will be represented in A grade this season following Mailors Flat’s return to the top tier. Wangoom and Woolsthorpe were reinstated in the top-flight competition 12 months ago.

Serle said the Roosters’ success at B grade level would help them make a mark at the top in coming seasons.

“If the lower grades are successful and the kids are learning from them, then when they get a chance in A grade hopefully they will be ready,” he said.

Serle arrives at Wangoom via stints at Warrnambool and District Cricket Association outfits Port Fairy and East Warrnambool-YCW.

He’s played in the Grassmere competition in the past too, having spent time at Yambuk and Mailors Flat.

Grassmere Cricket Association has dropped the one-day format from its fixture and will play solely two-day matches.