Zeller, Australian Women's Coach
with Brad Zeller, current Australian Women's Indoor Cricket team
Cricket World: Other than Indoor Cricket, what sports
do you play?
I play indoor soccer and volleyball. I also play outdoor cricket,
but not seriously anymore.
are your favourite spectator sports?
Rules Football, Ice Hockey and Boxing.
Do you admire any particular coaches of other sports?
are two coaches who I think set a nearly unattainable level, and
they are Leigh Mathews (Brisbane Lions - Australian Rules Football)
and Wayne Bennett (Broncos - Rugby League). Mathews' record speaks
for itself: one of the greatest players of all time, he has turned
his ability into coaching and taken two clubs to Premierships
in one of the fiercest competitions going.
As for Bennett--no matter what group of players he coaches, he
always seems to get the best out of them. Take the Broncos for
example: no one ever writes them off no matter how much the team
may change week to week, or year to year.
started playing indoor cricket when you were seventeen years old.
Had you played outdoor cricket before then?
have an outdoor background as do most players, especially the
men. I started playing when I was 10 years old with a club called
Wests. I moved onto the senior ranks with a club called Railways
and was playing A grade when I was 14. I moved to Brisbane at
age 18 and played there for 5 years before giving it away and
concentrating on work and indoor cricket. I played oneday cricket
on Sundays for a few years from time to time. I could not commit
seriously to outdoor which is why I stopped playing on Saturdays
as I believe if you can't give it 100% you end up letting yourself
and others down.
You mention that most players have an outdoor background.
Do you think this is essential to be a successful Indoor Cricket
No, definitely not. You do not
need an outdoor background to be successful at indoor cricket.
The Queensland Womens team are a perfect example. When I took
on the coaching role in 1998 only 4 of them had played outdoor
cricket. Today it is even less. Yet these women have gone on to
win 3 out of the last 4 Nationals. This year again, the side changed
dramatically, leaving only two who play outdoor.
what about those who do play both indoor and outdoor cricket.
Doesn't Indoor ruin the skills of an outdoor player?
far as indoor spoiling your outdoor, well, we hear it said all
the time. But I think it's an excuse used by players who cannot
take the next step in outdoor, or coaches who do not have the
ability to work with what they have. It's easier to blame something
so they blame Indoor Cricket. Lets face it, if you are not going
to play outdoor for your State, why should playing indoor concern
you anyway? If you are good enough you will make it. It never
seemed to harm Steve or Mark Waugh too much. They both played
Indoor Cricket for New South Wales for a couple of years without
any detrimental effects (ICW: see "Blast
from the Past" or "Famous
Sons" for details of the Waugh twins playing indoor cricket
for NSW). They are two players of many that have played indoor
with no evidence it has harmed them in any way (ICW: Mark
Waugh recently "blamed" Indoor Cricket for his fine
close-in fielding skills).
To be continued
-- the next part of the Brad Zeller Interview coming soon (later
in December 2001)
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