A player from Lavington’s last premiership team is set to coach in Holland.
All-rounder Liam Scammell, who’s spent the past four years at Victorian Premier level, will lead the Ajax Cricket Club.
“It’s just too good an opportunity to pass up, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to use my sport to go and see the world while I’m still young enough without all the other commitments,” he said excitedly.
“It’s not just about cricket, I can travel mainland Europe from a central base (in Amsterdam).
“And obviously with a coaching background, it’s great to go over there to a developing (cricket) nation that’s trying to emerge in the cricket world.
“A few of the guys in our competition have played over there and they say it’s about third grade in Melbourne.”
The 28-year old has a Level 2 coaching accreditation and has mentored Cricket Victoria Academy teams during his top-level stint.
He’s also been coached by The Resilience Project founder Hugh van Cuylenburg (Melbourne Uni) and David Reid (Northcote).
Van Cuylenberg has worked with Australian captain Steve Smith and Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin.
“I’ve learnt a lot about athlete wellbeing and I suppose mental skills that do lead to performance,” he said.
After representing Victoria Country and claiming the premiership with the Panthers in 2012-13, Scammell made an immediate impact in Melbourne.
He claimed Northcote’s club and first grade MVP, posting 37 wickets and 323 runs.
The middle-order batsman and first change paceman then won selection in Victoria’s Second XI.
I’ve learnt a lot about athlete wellbeing and I suppose mental skills that do lead to performance.Liam Scammell
“We played South Australia and they had (future Australian representatives) Adam Zampa and Dan Worrall,” Scammell said.
“It was a great opportunity to get a look at that level.”
He then moved to Melbourne University, where former East Albury star James McNeil is the captain.
The club’s season is on the line in tomorrow’s final round.
Monash Tigers ripped through Melbourne for 141, with Scammell top-scoring with an unbeaten 39.
He then claimed a late wicket as the home side finished on 4-99.
The winner of the clash will play finals, while the loser will miss out.
Scammell is expected to return to Melbourne University next season after his overseas stint, which starts late next month.