PULLING BACK: Cardiff-Boolaroo captain Paul Coleman may not be calling the shots much longer. Picture: Simone De PeakCARDIFF-Boolaroo captain Paul Coleman is likely to call stumps on his 20-year Newcastle district cricket career after next Saturday’s final-round game against Waratah-Mayfield.
The 36-year-old all-rounder said it was becoming increasingly difficult to juggle cricket with his family commitments.
“I haven’t really made the decision or told anyone yet, but that’s what I’m thinking,” Coleman said.
“I could probably still play a few more years, but my daughter wants me home to spend more time with her and it’s hard when you work five days and take up all Saturday playing cricket.
“I’ll see how that pans out, but I’ll likely do that.”
If Coleman retires, it will end a decorated first-grade career that began as a 16-year-old with Toronto Workers.
Coleman then returned to his junior club, Cardiff, and spent 13 seasons at the CBs, which included a Tom Locker Cup win in 1998-99 and a semi-final appearance in 1996-97.
Unfortunately the proud CB missed the club’s only premiership victory, in 2009-10, as it was during his three-season stint at Wallsend.
In that time Coleman played in Wallsend’s two-day final loss to Merewether in 2011-12.
Coleman returned home to Cardiff last season and then replaced Daniel Maher as captain this summer.
The loss of Coleman’s experience will leave a hole in a Cardiff side that has struggled in the bottom half of the ladder all season with four wins, one draw and 10 losses.
But Coleman was confident the committee was working hard to boost their fortunes next season.
“I know they’re looking deeply into bringing in some new players to the club,” he said. “[Coach] Mark Eveleigh and [president] Matthew Maher are looking into that now to try and make first-grade successful.
“You’ve got to try and do that recruitment somehow and improve the quality of the team.”
Meanwhile, Wallsend all-rounder Jacob Montgomery is hopeful a victory tomorrow over Merewether in the under-21 final at No.1 Sportsground could begin a golden month for the Tigers that leads to a first-grade premiership.
Wallsend’s under-21 side will be captained by Montgomery and includes up to eight members of their first-grade side that is undefeated since November.
“Winning games and winning trophies is always good,” Montgomery said.
“I’ve been at Wallsend three years and we haven’t won any silverware while I’ve been here, so it would be nice to get a little trophy for the club and get things moving forward for first grade.”