Goulburn Murray Cricket coach Lawrie Casey is confident he has the team at his disposal to start a climb from the bottom tier of the Melbourne Country Week series.
Goulburn Murray selectors have named a squad of 16 players to contest the series from February 19 to 23.
Casey said he believed the association was better than its position at the bottom level — division three — indicated.
‘‘It’s time we proved we are better than division three, so we are on a mission,’’ Casey, who has coached the team since the amalgamation of the Kyabram District and the Campaspe associations to form the Goulburn Murray competition six seasons ago, said.
‘‘Our batting will be our strength, but we have a good variety of bowlers also and being a young side, we should be sharp in the field.’’
Paul Newman will skipper the side, which is dominated by Kyabram Fire Brigade and Moama players.
Seven Fire Brigade players are in the squad and five from Moama.
Goulburn Murray meets Ferntree Gully Colts at Oakleigh on the opening day and then plays Warragul (at Doncaster) and Seymour (at Mount Waverley) leading into a sudden death knockout format on the Thursday at Bayswater.
Casey’s squad will train at Rochester next Wednesday starting at 6pm and sporting champion David Williams will address the troops.
Goulburn Murray’s squad is: Paul Newman (capt), Daniel Kent, Anthony Andronaco, Jayden Rosin, Shannon O’Brien, Henry Charlton, Sam Kershaw (Fire Brigade); Layton McCann, Brayden McGregor, Alistair McCann, Darcy Elliot, Jayden Dixon (Moama); Josh Garrett, Sean Williams (Rochester United); Cameron Sharp (BLU); Nick Dolan (Echuca).