A SESSION in the nets can help, but having someone experienced to talk to about the game can make a world of difference.
Coast cricketer Ashley Noffke is lending an ear as well as his experience as the new bowling coach for the Queensland Bulls.
Yesterday his part-time role brought him back to his roots, the Maroochydore Cricket Club, where he first played in the under-10s squad.
This time he joined the Bulls for day one of a three day intra-squad match on John Blanck Oval as part of the Queensland team's 12-week pre-season.
Between watching the game and holding individual sessions in the nets, Noffke said he hoped to get to know the players better during their time on the Coast.
“It's always good to be involved with them,” he said.
“I enjoy coaching and seeing the progression in players. It's good to see their strong points and then watch them get better and better.
“I really enjoy the role. I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't like it.”
It is not the first innings in the coaching role for the 34-year-old.
Last season the all-rounder served as the WA Warriors' bowling coach, after playing a single one-dayer for them.
“This works out well for me. It can be two or three days a week – wherever they want me,” Noffke said.
“I was lucky to meet in the middle with Queensland Cricket.
“The coaching gig is a good system for me. I'm looking to start up a new business here on the Coast by the end of the year.”
Noffcke praised the team members for their efforts in the pre-season to date.
“These guys are training really hard,” he said.
“They've struck a real balance between working on skills and working hard physically.
“It's important to offer them someone they can talk to about the game about. It's a big learning curve and I think we can do that with our great coaching and support staff.”
When asked who fans should keep their eyes on this coming season, Noffke said he did not like to pick out just a couple.
“We've got a lot of exciting new guys in the game that aren't used to playing at this level,” he said.
“It's a good mix this year with a lot of experience on the field as well.”
The Bulls will take on the Noffke's old team, the WA Warriors, in a one-day practice match at WEP Harris Oval, St Lucia, on Friday, September 9.
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