Boon to Lead the Demons
Date of Event Latrobe Demons Cricket Club : Mon Jul 1, 2019 11:27AM
LCC Senior Women's Coach Callan Morse (left) alongside new Senior Men's Coach Chris Boon, Tristan Weeks & Tim Lowry

Following a premiership-winning stint at Mersey Valley Cricket Association club Sassafras, Chris Boon hopes to transfer some of that success across the road as he takes over the coaching reins at Cricket North West club Latrobe for the 2019-2020 season.


Boon replaces Callan Morse in the top job, with Morse staying on as coach of the Demons' women's team alongside assistant Tim Lowry as they look to make it three premierships in a row.


Wins, however, weren't as common for Latrobe in the senior male ranks last season, with the first grade team only winning two of it's 15 games as they went through a rebuilding phase after a premiership in 2017-2018.


Boon aims to lift the team back into finals contention upon his return, and has brought at least one handy recruit in former premiership all-rounder Tristan Weeks, who will be an assistant coach alongside Josh Dennis.


"Tristan finished off last season with us at Sassafras after some time away and was always going to come back to Latrobe," Boon said. 


"It's great to have him back, and his last two seasons at Latrobe saw him really excel and take out the CNW MVP award in 2017-2018. 


"Him alone coming back can hopefully attract a few more players to the club as well.


"Finals are definitely a goal for us, no matter what format of the game it is."


After two seasons at Sassafras that brought back-to-back flags, Boon said the time was time was right to rejoin the Demons, where he played from 2015-2017.


"I thought that it was a good opportunity to broaden my coaching mind," the 27-year-old said. 


"I had two successful years at Sassafras and thought it was time to step up and try my luck at a higher level. 


"It worked out well that the Latrobe job came up and they were interested in me, I was definitely interested in them and I thought it would be silly not to have a go.


"I learned a lot about player management as coach at Sassafras and what it took to be on the same level as the players and what it took to try and get as much out of them as I could."


Boon said he was hopeful of keeping the majority of last season's playing group intact after many of them had their first taste of top-level turf cricket for a full season.


But he also revealed the club is on the hunt for a classy import player, with two former stars assisting in the search.


"We've already touched base with a few of the guys from last year, and the younger ones we'll definitely be looking to step up and take more responsibility on.


"Angus Tolson is one we'll put a lot more time into as an opening batsman - he definitely showed a bit last season.


"With a bit of help from Jake Libby and Trent Keep, we've got a few potential imports in our sights and we'll definitely look to go down that path to bolster our playing stocks and bring a different atmosphere to the group."


Details of Latrobe's pre-season training schedule are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.


Story courtesy Brad Cole, photo courtesy Brodie Weeding – Fairfax Media (The Advocate)

Last updated: Monday July 1, 2019 11:28AM