The SCCA is pleased to announce that Bruce Carlaw has accepted the role as the South Canterbury Senior Men’s Representative Coach for the 2011/12 season.
Bruce has had a long association with cricket in South Canterbury as a most successful player with both the Celtic club and SC representative sides. Bruce has been heavily involved in coaching with his roles at both Roncalli College and at the Celtic club. We are fortunate to have someone of his calibre to lead our premier side.
Bruce has stated he is keen to meet with all Club Captains/Coaches to discuss the 2011/12 representative programme, player availability and training schedule to ensure he puts out the best team possible.
We hope to be in a position to name a manager in the near future.
Who is Bruce Carlaw?
Bruce Carlaw played senior cricket for Celtic from 1978 to 1998 and played 12 seasons for South Canterbury after making his debut in 1983, captaining the side in his final season. He has made sporadic cameos as a coach for Celtic over the years and last season acted as a player/coach for the Roncalli College team after the school made the step-up to the top grade of South Canterbury senior cricket. He has yet to decide whether he will continue to assist Roncalli this season.
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Former South Canterbury and Celtic cricket captain Bruce Carlaw has been named the new South Canterbury cricket coach for the 2011-2012 season.
They 48-year-old beat two other applicants for the role. He will replace Richard Davidson, who had the job while he was South Canterbury Cricket development officer.
Carlaw will only have the senior coaching role to worry about, with South Canterbury Cricket executive officer David Fisher suggesting a new development officer will be announced next month.
Carlaw said he was excited about the role, and was keen “to get systems in place” for the start of the season.
He said he would look to have two selectors to help with watching senior club cricket each week, and to try to attract top players from outside the region to play for South Canterbury.
Carlaw said he was keen to have Celtic club stalwarts Robin Beeby as a selector and John Davies, father of current South Canterbury batsman Craig, to act as manager for the team.
“I want as many people around as possible who can offer advice and bring something to the team.”
Carlaw said he felt Davidson “did not have the assistance from others that he could have had” in the job, and he wanted to change that.
He said he would look to assemble a 15-man winter training squad shortly, with the goal of winning the Hawke Cup.
Carlaw said he was keen to take the team “in a new direction”, which would hopefully lead them to the ultimate prize in New Zealand minor associations cricket.
“I’ll be looking at the attitudes of players, trying to up-the-ante on their attitudes and I will try to get players thinking about their roles, and making them understand what is expected.”
He said he was “not interested in perceptions” and club loyalty would not play a part in the selection of the team, despite the likely heavy Celtic make-up of the management structure.
“I want the best players, if you’re the best player, then you’ll be selected, as simple as that.”
Carlaw said he was keen to meet with all clubs before the season started, and hoped everyone would be on-board for the benefit of the senior representative team.
Fisher said he was delighted to have Carlaw sign-on as coach.
“Bruce has been heavily involved in coaching with his roles at both Roncalli College and at the Celtic club.
“We are fortunate to have someone of his calibre to lead our premier side.”
South Canterbury captain Dan Laming said he was looking forward to working with Carlaw in the representative environment. He welcomedCarlaw’s strong emphasis on fielding and his openness to practices which included more than net sessions.