NEW Noorat skipper Gus Bourke hopes to use experience to his advantage in his second stint as captain.
Bourke has returned to the Steamrollers' top job after a two-season hiatus, replacing Steve O'Connor.
The 26-year-old - who will take the reins two years after his maiden spell - wants his side to employ aggressive cricket.
"I'll be trying to get us to bowl one side of the wicket for the field. We'll try to bowl sides out," Bourke, who is also a Terang Mortlake footballer, said.
"We don't just want to be restricting teams and getting them to 160 or 170. We want to be making it easier for our batters.
"That can obviously go one of two ways but I'll back us in."
Bourke said Noorat had retained the majority of its players and would welcome Luke Justin back to its ranks.
Noorat finished second overall in season 2020-21. It was equal with minor premier Mortlake on points, but trailed on percentage.
The Steamrollers battled eventual premier Pomborneit in the semi-final, but fell by 128 runs.
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"We might've lost a couple of the older guys who could step back to division three but Luke will be back as he was playing footy up in Darwin over summer," he said.
"Jimmy Moloney is a handy spinner and we'll also have Issac and Daniel Kenna, who are obviously good bowlers.
"We might have a couple more recruits, there's some in the pipeline."
He said the majority of Noorat's side, which is based in the Terang district, remained close through football commitments in the winter.
"We see each other a fair bit, well not so much with COVID but enough with footy," Bourke laughed.
"They're pretty excited (for cricket). We should have some young boys coming back and that's pretty exciting.
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"We're all hanging out with each other on the weekends and we bond pretty well."
Bourke said the Steamrollers would likely have an indoor session within "three or four weeks".
"Martin Wynd, our president, has been looking into getting us a session at the indoor facility in Mortlake," he said.
"Hopefully we can do that within three or four weeks before we can get outdoors.
"It's hard to do it right now because everybody is still in footy mode."
Bourke said he'd rely on vice-skipper Jacob Fishwick as well as veterans David Conheady and Bernie Harris for advice.
"Even though (Fishwick) is still pretty young, he's played a lot of top-grade cricket," he said.
"I think Dave is coming back and Bernie will be around at training so there's a few older fellas who have some good ideas and stuff like that."
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