Elwood appoints Graham Yallop as new head coach

July 11, 2014 No Comments


The Elwood Cricket Club is excited to announce the appointment of a new head coach for the 2014/15 season.

Former Australian Test, and Victorian, captain Graham Yallop will be taking over the reins from Ajay “Bobby” Chawla, as Bob takes up at a role at Premier cricket club Melbourne University.

Firstly, the club is delighted to secure somebody of Graham’s knowledge and experience, having captained Australia at the highest level and been intimately involved in cricket coaching at all levels for many years.

Secondly, the club wishes Bob every success, as he goes onto to pursue a coaching and playing role for Premier club Melbourne University, a role in which he will be coaching the spinning talent coming through the elite stages of First Grade cricket.

Now to our new coach, Graham Yallop.

Graham played 39 Tests for Australia between 1976 and 1984. He scored eight Test centuries, with a highest score of 268. He captained Australia during the tumultuous period of World Series Cricket and also led Victoria to two Sheffield Shields. His playing record speaks for itself.

Since finishing his playing days, Graham has been heavily involved in coaching. He has coached at grade cricket level but his interest in cricket coaching extends to individual coaching tuition and being heavily involved with coaching at the Melbourne Sports Stadium and various other coaching programmes, both in Australia and overseas.

We are very excited about Graham’s role at Elwood. He will not only be our senior coach but will also be working with our junior programme and junior players, as well as mentoring our assistant and junior coaches.

The cricket club strongly believes this is an appointment that looks firmly to the present in achieving success with the current playing group, and looking clearly at the future and the incredible potential we have amongst our junior players.

We, as a club, are committed to providing our juniors (and seniors) with the best possible platform to become the best cricket players that they can be.

Graham, along with senior Elwood players, will be running the first indoor pre-season training next Monday at 8pm, July 14, at Melbourne Sports Stadium, 2 Brough Street, Springvale North. We strongly recommended that all senior players who can make it, attend, meet Graham and kick-off the pre-season in the best way possible.

As for Bob, he leaves our club after two seasons with two premierships as coach but countless friends and memories. Over two years ago we interviewed, via Skype, a Danish (yes, Danish) cricketer about moving to Australia to take the head coaching role. It was left field, but it has had a massive impact on all parties and even though Bobby is playing elsewhere this season, he remains an Elwood boy.

Bob will continue to stay in touch with us at a committee level, as we seek to identify players we can send to Denmark to play and coach next winter.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Elwood Cricket Club for two very enjoyable seasons on and off the field,” said Bobby.

“When I took on the role as head coach in 2012/2013 I knew that I had landed somewhere special.”

“It is a great club filled with talent, huge potential, tradition, dedicated members and driven by en elite army we all know as the committee.”

“My last words as a coach would be for all players to please ensure they all support and respect each other.”

“Hard work, dedication and a passion for each other’s achievements was the drive to all our success in 2012/2013.”

“All the best to Graham – I know he will be a huge asset to the club with the knowledge and level of skills he brings to the table.”

Any questions, please send to Elwood Vice-President Leigh Josey at joseyleigh@hotmail.com


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