Tom’s Tour Diary

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Club Captain Tom Abell is currently in Australia playing for Fremantle.

Whilst over there he has been keeping us up to date with what’s been happening Down Under with his Tour Diary.

Here is the latest instalment:

Hello again from Australia!

Having spent a couple of weeks back home over Christmas and New Year, I returned to Perth refreshed and looking forward to the second half of the season.

Unfortunately we lost our unbeaten record to Claremont-Nedlands in the first weekend back. They are the current leaders and Jim Allenby’s club, so it was even more disappointing to lose out to a teammate! However, we have recently enjoyed real success at the club, culminating in winning the T20 competition which has been the highlight of my time out here.  

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In a really tight game we chased down Gosnells target of 170 with a ball to spare, prompting the whole club to run on and celebrate our first A grade flag for 26 years.  It was something that will stay with me for a long time. It was nice to contribute in the final but this season has been a real squad effort with everyone chipping in at different times. We are lucky to have some really talented young players and it is a great team to be a part of.

From a personal point of view I’m really happy with how my game is coming on.  I’ve been working really hard with Noddy (Neil Holder) out here and have noticed significant improvements from last season which is exciting.  Having the opportunity to then put it into practice at weekends is perfect for me.

It’s just under a month until I return home and I’m hugely excited about getting back to the Club and starting pre-season training with all the lads.  I’ll have a slightly different role this year but it’s one I’m hugely excited about and will give everything towards.  The players and coaches we have at the Club give me huge reason for optimism and with the announcement of Dean Elgar as our overseas player, the squad is really taking shape. I feel there is a real excitement around the changing room and as far as I’m concerned the season can’t come around soon enough!