It’s been years in the making but Guyra are ready to take on into the district’s top tier cricketers.
The Guyra club have entered a team in each of the senior grades – first, seconds and thirds – and are ready to take on Armidale’s best when the competition gets underway this Saturday.
Much of the team’s second grade squad from last season will progress into firsts alongside a host of players transferring from Armidale teams.
“Guyra is very excited at the moment, it is the first time we have had a first grade side in the Armidale competition as well as seconds and thirds,” Guyra senior cricket convenor Adrian Cameron said.
“It is looking pretty positive for the town and we have got some good sponsors on board. We have picked up a couple of Armidale players who have played first grade for the last few years so they will give us a little bit of experience. Our guys are pretty excited but we are nowhere near confident. It's a pretty good vibe around the club at the moment.”
The first task doesn’t get any tougher for the newcomers with their opening game against premiers Hillgrove.
“It will be a bit of a building stage for us, we are not expecting miracles the first year but hopefully we can stick it to a few sides,” Cameron said.
“Overall we are pretty confident but against Hillgrove first up is going to be a pretty big challenge but it will give us a bit of a benchmark with where we're at, that's for sure.”
Charlie Keen is back as captain this year and said making the step up is an exciting prospect.
“We have a new look first grade team including some fresh faces from other clubs as well as some younger boys that are keen to step up in the first grade competition and give it a really good crack,” he said.
“Because we are a new team I don’t feel like there’s much pressure on us at the moment so hopefully we can go out there this weekend against Hillgrove and put on a great game.”
In second grade, Guyra are at home to the Barbarians while the third graders host Easts (Anytime).