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Disembarking from coach

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May 17, 2018

Andrew Cowen Making a statement: Central Park-St Brendan's was thrilled to sign former Mooroopna captain Andrew Cowen for the upcoming Haisman Shield season.

Central Park-St Brendan’s Cricket Club is on the look out for a coach.

Incumbent leader Andrew Cowen has had to step down from the helm after taking up a new job, but will remain a Tiger next season.

‘‘I just think that the role of a coach is so important in the overall running and development of a club and I don’t think I would have been able to give it the time and dedication that it needs,’’ Cowen said.

‘‘I loved last year and I’m proud of what the group achieved, but knowing that my new work commitments wouldn’t let me devote enough time to the role means now is the right time to do it (step down).’’

Cowen moved across to Deakin Reserve from Mooroopna ahead of last Cricket Shepparton season and took the club’s Haisman Shield squad to within touching distance of a grand final appearance.

That result — coupled with the large contingent of junior stars at the Tigers — has Cowen confident his club will have to sift through a high number of applications in order to find his replacement.

‘‘In my mind it’s a really exciting opportunity to come on board,’’ he said.

‘‘Three of the four senior sides made finals last season, the under-16s won the premiership and the under-14s made a grand final.

‘‘The A-grade side also made the semi-final and was within 15 runs of making the grand final, but that team had eight blokes 21 or under.

‘‘In my mind it’s a really desirable job and I would have loved to have continued in the role.’’

Cowen hinted the Tigers would only get stronger next season with just one regular A-grade player on the way out at this stage.

‘‘Josh Larkin is heading to Geelong for uni, but outside of that pretty much everyone is hanging around,’’ he said.

‘‘I assume there’ll be lots of strong candidates out there because our current group is pretty strong, so I’m certainly looking forward to working with the new person and regrouping again for next year.’’

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