Taking the reins from previous Head Coach David Drew is former ACT Comet and Adelaide Striker, Jono Dean. After Drew stepped down towards the end of the 2019/20 season, Dean lead the Meteors to back to back wins against Tasmania and Western Australia. This was an invaluable learning experience for Jono and ultimately laid the foundation for his role this season.
Dean said, “I’m super excited about the opportunity to coach the ACT Meteors. My goal is to build a culturally strong and cohesive squad that will form a successful and sustainable high performance unit.”
The Meteors officially began their training a month ago and Dean has been working diligently in building his support team.
Cricket ACT High Performance Manager Olivia Thornton said, “Jono has a huge appetite for learning and is very growth-focused. He is passionate about the game and challenges our cricketers to constantly push themselves to improve.”
On the topic of the new squad, Jono stated, “We have an exciting group of cricketers with some new faces among the group. We have a good mix of youth and experience with plenty of room to get better every day. I can’t wait to watch them play this year.”
In addition to Head Coach of the ACT Meteors, Dean has also been named the Assistant Coach of the Sydney Thunder WBBL team. Dean concluded, “It’s a fantastic time to be a part of women’s cricket and it’s continued growth and development moving forward.”
Cricket ACT are also pleased to announce that Abode Hotels ACT Meteors veteran, Angela Reakes, is taking over as Captain of the team. She will be supported by Vice Captain, Erica Kershaw, and will no doubt work with former Captain Erin Osborne as she navigates the new role.
Reakes has been a role model for new and experienced players alike throughout her 11 seasons in the WNCL so this appointment is much deserved. “She is a natural leader and well placed to take the team to the next level. She lives and breathes the Meteors core values,” Thornton said.
Ange is known as the type of person who can connect with anyone – her teammates, high performance staff and the wider community included. Her working relationship with new coach Jono Dean is no exception; the two work together tremendously which is an important aspect for any captain/coach arrangement.
Reakes said, “I’m very excited and extremely honoured to be given this opportunity. Cricket ACT has provided us with a terrific program for many years now and I’m really looking forward to having the whole squad based in Canberra for the first time ever.
I’m also itching to get back out on the field this year after sitting on the sidelines through injury last season!”
The Women’s National Cricket League fixtures are expected to be announced mid-July.