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With seven seasons of First Class cricket under his belt, Ben Rohrer is one of the senior players in the NSW Blues squad.
In 42 First Class matches he has scored 2350 runs at an average of 37.30, while he’s also hit 654 runs at 25.15 in 34 Domestic Limited Overs appearances.
Last summer he scored 449 runs at 29.93 in the Sheffield Shield, and 150 runs at 30.00 in the Domestic Limited Overs competition.
After finally tasting success in a Sheffield Shield Final, Rohrer is looking forward to helping the Blues retain the First Class title in 2014/15 while also going one better in the Matador BBQs One Day Cup.
Cricketnsw.com.au caught up with him recently to get an insight on how the squad’s pre-season is going, how the new rookies are settling in and the prospects of his Fairfield-Liverpool Lions in the Sydney Grade competition.
Has there been much difference in this year’s pre-season compared to others you’ve gone through?
There is not much difference at all to be honest! You are still running around ovals in the middle of winter, which is not much fun, and up and down sand hills. It could be worse - the weather in Sydney has been great so far.
The boys have turned up in good nick and raring to go which is great as we try and go back-to-back in the Shield, and hopefully pull off winning the One Day competition as well.
As a batsman, what aspects of your game do you work on during this stage of the campaign?
It is a chance to work on some technical things, whether it is a pre-movement, stance - those sorts of things. This is the time to make those changes, before we start playing games.
It is hard to alter things then as you don’t have the chance to really drill it in to yourself.
We haven’t seen much of Jake yet – he’s busy doing his HSC! He’s a good young kid and he’s going to be a very good player as well. It is good to see him get a Rookie contract and hopefully he pushes for selection this year in the Second XI, and then the First team.
Patrick has fitted in really well. He’s turned up and done every session, though I think he wanted to hand his contract back after a couple of weeks of the pre-season! However, he’s got through that now and is going well.
As a senior player what sort of role do you play with the younger guys?
I don’t say too much to them but instead I try to lead by example.
Everyone in our squad just tries to do the little things right, whether it is a strength session or a conditioning session, just to make sure that we are ticking every box which will stand us in good stead when we get to our skills sessions.
It is mainly about trying to get everyone in the same headspace to make sure that we are pushing in the same direction.
What are your personal goals for this season?
Hopefully another Shield win. Personally, to play in that Shield Final last season was fantastic as I’ve played in two losing sides before that, so I know both sides of it.
I think to do what we did last season would be a fantastic result. Personally, runs or no runs, as long as we win that would be great.
From a Grade cricket point of view, how is Fairfield-Liverpool looking this year?
We are looking pretty good. We’ve got a good group of young guys, particularly fast bowlers which is exciting.
Gurinder Sandhu will be looking to push his way into the First team for NSW again. His younger brother (Harmon Sandhu) is an all-rounder for us and then there are the Doran boys, Jake and Luke.
There are also a couple of other NSW U/19 representatives, Keiran Elley and Jeremy Maher, who are both fast bowlers which is really exciting for us. If we can put some runs on the board I think we’re a chance of making the Finals Series.