A number of Melbourne University student-athletes travelled to Brisbane last weekend with the Cricket Club to compete in the annual preseason competition, hosted by the University of Queensland. The tournament was the first opportunity for high profile recruit and student-athlete, Noah Croes (Bachelor of Arts) to represent the University.
Having crossed from rival Premier Cricket Club, Monash Tigers in the offseason as he commenced his studies at Melbourne, Croes joins the Melbourne University Cricket Club (MUCC) as a talented wicket-keeper, already boasting 1st XI experience. A member of the Elite Athlete Program at Melbourne, Noah could not be better placed to represent the University with distinction. Joining six other student-athletes on the trip, Croes was thrilled to have the chance to join his teammates and play for the first time in University colours;
“Playing cricket at MUCC is a fantastic opportunity. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and it gives me a real sense of involvement and connection to the University,” he said.
He performed particularly well in Queensland, top scoring against Sydney on Friday with 35, as well as claiming six dismissals behind the stumps during the trip. He is a stylish batsman, who will no doubt occupy an important place in the middle order for many seasons to come.
Head coach at the Cricket Club, Antony Keely is equally excited that Croes will be playing for the University, “The Club is thrilled to welcome someone like Noah. He is an exceptional talent, but more importantly, he is a quality person,” he said. “We cannot wait to see him in action come round one.”
More broadly, the team managed two wins from three games, defeating Adelaide University twice, and losing to the University of Sydney. Unfortunately, the match on the Sunday against hosts, University of Queensland, was a washout. Along with Croes, fellow student-athletes Fergus McKenna (Bachelor of Arts) and Ben Roughsedge (Bachelor of Commerce) also performed well; McKenna scoring a half century on Saturday, and Roughsedge playing a crucial role with both bat and ball across the weekend.
The University Cricket Club continues their preseason preparation in the lead up to round one on the 6th October. They also have a keen eye on an Intervarsity T20 match against Sydney University in October, to align with the Boat Race weekend.