Chris Cleef to coach Panthers in 2022/23
Former Frankston-Peninsula Heat man heads to Glover Reserve
UPDATE: After a successful 2022/23 in which the club captured FOUR premiership flags (including the first XI), Chris will continue to coach the club in season 2023/24!
The Devon Meadows Cricket Club today announced Chris Cleef as its senior coach for season 2022/23.
Cleef joins the Panthers from Victorian Premier Cricket club Frankston-Peninsula, where the off-spinning all-rounder took 64 wickets at 23.8 and made 780 runs at 21.67 across all competitions during his four-year stint. He finished fifth in the Premier Seconds Player of the season in 2019/20 and made his 1st XI debut in December 2020.
Prior to joining the Heat, Cleef played in premierships at Aspendale and his junior club Seaford, and is aiming for further premiership success at his new club.
“It’s a pleasure to join Devon Meadows,” he said.
“The club has a very welcoming feel. It is very much community based and family oriented which fits perfectly in with what I was looking for in a club.
“I hope to help the Panthers to progress to the next level and get back into the Premier Division.”
Club president Mick Floyd said the club was delighted to lock in a player of Chris’s experience and is excited by what he can bring to Devon Meadows.
“Chris has had considerable team and individual success throughout his career, so to add a player of his ability is obviously exciting,” said Floyd.
“His experience coming from the high-performance environment that is Premier Cricket will be extremely beneficial to the entire club but especially for the young players we have throughout our playing list.
“Chris is an outstanding person who will be a fantastic fit for our club, and we are delighted to welcome both he and his partner Amy to Devon Meadows.”
Coming off a season that saw all the club secure four premierships from eight teams that made the finals, expectations are high for season 2022/23
Pre-season training will commence in early August with dates to be confirmed in coming weeks.