The Sledge: The Victorian Bushrangers Pathway Program
Jonathan Howcroft (BackPageLead.com.au) speaks to Rohan O’Neill, Cricket Victoria’s Game Development Manager, about the Victorian Bushrangers Pathway Program, and where the next generation of Victorian cricketers are coming from.
From the Cricket Victoria website:
A highlight of many junior cricketers summer is the Pathway competition where they get to represent their region and play on the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Established in 1999, the much vaunted pathway program will be re-branded this summer to recognise the state’s flagship sides.
From 2012-13 onwards, the respective boys and girls systems will be known as the Victorian Bushrangers and VicSpirit pathway programs.
The re-branding recognises the link between the feeder system and the need for emerging talent to aspire to play for the state’s traditional teams.
The Victorian Bushrangers and VicSpirit pathway programs consist of a series of programs and competitions for talented cricketers starting at under-13 and moving through to senior cricket.
There are eight metropolitan and eight country regions that are represented in every pathway program meaning players can participate in pathway programs irrespective of where in Victoria they live.