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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Ruthven

Voges reveals "biggest thrills" of coaching WA to success

Coach and former player Adam Voges says the “biggest thrill” he gets as WA and Perth Scorchers’ head coach is seeing players around him succeed.

Yesterday, it was announced Voges had recommitted to WA and Perth Scorchers as head coach for another two seasons. 

Since starting in 2018, Voges has taken WA and the Scorchers to eight titles, including two back-to-back titles in Shield and Big Bash, and the recent three-peat in the Marsh One Day Cup. 

Speaking to SportFM, Voges says he is taking a moment to appreciate the recent Marsh Cup title win, before he turns his focus back to the Shield.

“Particularly in this season where we've had our challenges with national representation which is a wonderful thing but also with injury and meaning that we had to use a lot of different players,” he said.

“We used 23 players throughout the campaign and we had five debutantes. It was great to see the likes of Mahli Beardman and Bryce Jackson, Hamish McKenzie, to name a few,  get their opportunity and come in and represent us in 50-over cricket. 

"We only had four players playing the final on Sunday that played in the previous final the year before when we had a lot of our Australian players available. 

“Each year it feels like you have to do it slightly differently and I think the way that we're able to perform and be able play a really good final on Sunday was very satisfying this time around.”

Before the dust could settle on his contract announcement, Voges claimed his second consecutive Coach of the Year award at last night’s WA Sport Awards, while the WA Men’s Cricket team won Team of the Year for achieving the treble in two successive years. 

Voges agreed it was good to acknowledge all who influenced WA’s success through the Team of the Year Award. 

“It was great that we could have a big representation of those people there at the awards night last night and from our assistant coaches,” he said. 

“I think Beau Casson is one of the best young coaches in the country. I think Tim McDonald is a fantastic bowling coach and the support that they give myself and the players is enormous. At SSSM, our medical and physical staff that do such wonderful jobs for the plays all of those support staff that play their part. 

“I get to be the face of that. It's a lot of people that put in a lot of work behind the scenes to help the guys have the success that they do out on the field."

Under Voges, numerous WA players have excelled and received opportunities at international level.

Recently, Cameron Green made a stellar knock of 174, while Mitch Marsh has excelled in all three formats, earning him the Allan Border Medal. 

Also from WA, Jason Behrendorff won the International T20 Player of the Year, while Aaron Hardie and Lance Morris have been selected in Australian squads across the formats.

Voges says it's satisfying to see players he’s coached play so well at international level. 

“The biggest thrill that you get in the job is seeing the guys that you work closely with be able to start to do what they love doing and want to do and start achieving their goals and their dreams of playing cricket for their country,”  he said. 

“Ultimately, I think we're still wanting to produce Australian cricketers and test cricketers. So, to have Cam and Mitch in the team and settled in a team and performing so well is a thrill to see for everyone. 

“It would have been great to have a camera in our high-performance offices yesterday when Greeny got his 100 because everyone was on their feet applauding and that just shows the investment that everyone has in these guys' careers and how much joy we see when they play well.”


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