Storm on the hunt for new coach


Tara Murray

Sydenham Hillside is after a new coach with two-time premiership winning coach Geoff Pretty to part with the club.

The Storm announced on Tuesday that having come to the end of his two-year agreement, that Pretty will part ways with the club and depart his role as men’s coach.

“Geoff enjoyed a successful two seasons with us as our 1st XI managed to win successive premierships and subsequent promotion in both seasons,” the Storm said on social media.

“We thank Geoff for his contribution over his time as coach and wish him well with whatever path he chooses to take in cricket from here.”

Pretty joined the club for the 2021-22 season with the Storm in the division 2 competition.

He guided the side to a premiership, with the club winning the best of three grand final series against Newport-Digman in the two games.

With the side moving up to division 1, the Storm continued on with its winning ways sitting on top all season.

The Storm faced St Francis de Sales with the Storm hitting the winning runs with two wickets and 1.2 overs remaining.

Pretty said after the game there was a numb feeling.

“I’m really happy for the boys, they’ve worked hard and they deserve it,” he said.

“St Francis were sensational. We were a lucky winner and they were an unlucky loser.

“They took it to us all day and I can’t give them enough praise.”

The Storm has advertised for a new coach for next season, with the side to be in the top flight, senior division.

The club is opened to a playing or non-playing coach and will be responsible for the whole senior men’s program. The club currently has six men’s sides, three in the VTCA and three in the North West Metropolitan Cricket Association.