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Mt Roskill Premiership Star considering a return to Cricket?
Authored by: Rod Shaw on Friday, October 08 2010 @ 10:02 am ACDT

Col

I think the Hawks Cup is where the effort is going and also through broad based exposure (see my latest story- Around the Grounds and the Auckland teenagers). Involvement and approval in the secondary school calendar should have huge benefits.

I guess it is another way from how you hoped that junior development would take place. As we both know there is a huge lack of available manpower/talent to coordinate anything off-field. This is Rob's way of meeting that gap.

The growth for you and I may appear slow but we are a long way away and certainly the growth keeps coming which is great.

I just know how easy it is at Mt Martha footy club which is just about the juniors. I am not on committee, but I do assistant coach my older son's team and be a helper dad at auskick for my younger son. Could you imagine there being enough people to ever allow someone like me to have that luxury in NZ? No chance- if I wanted to achieve something for footy I had to lead. There are not enough passionate ex Aussies in NZ to drive what I would think would be the traditional way forward. Rob is having a good go in another way and the Hawks involvement and approval from the NZ Secondary Schools are real feathers in the cap for AFL NZ