Imperials announce leaders


Tara Murray

Williamstown Imperials believe they have the perfect combination to lead them into next season’s Victorian Turf Cricket Association division 3 season.

The club took to social media last week to announce that Ken Purves would take on the senior head coaching role, while Scott Phillips will captain the first XI.

Purves has long been associated with the club.

“Ken Purves moves up the coaching ranks at the Imps to take the reins as senior head coach for Season 2022-23,” a post from the club said.

“Ken has been involved at the club for several years as a junior coach, senior player and mentor and will bring his wealth of knowledge and expertise to the senior group.

“Ken has a Level 2 Cricket Australia coaching accreditation to go along with his Level 1 strength and conditioning accreditation, Level 1 Triathlon Australia accreditation and Level 2 Athletics Australia accreditation.

“No stranger then to athletic performance, Ken brings an edge to his role of coach demanding accountability from players across all grades.

“Here’s to Kenny driving the club to a bright future.”

Phillips will lead the on field side of things, He joined the club last season, having been a six time premiership player, two time premiership captain and two time premiership coach

“Honing his craft at Frankston Peninsula in [Victorian] Premier Cricket, Scott played 53 first XI games before becoming somewhat of a cult figure in cricket scenes around the Mornington Peninsula, captaining and coaching at various clubs until he finally made Williamstown Imperials his home in 2021/22,” the post said.

“An Eddie Marr Trophy winner in his first season at the Imps coupled with the deserved respect of his peers make Scott the perfect candidate to lead this club to success in 2022/23.”

The Imperials finished fourth in the 2021-22 season.