LAUNCH PAD: New Cricket Queensland regional cricket manager Joe Marsh, pictured with Torquay SS student Anjee Taranto, is in Rockhampton for tonight’s launch of the upcoming cricket season.
LAUNCH PAD: New Cricket Queensland regional cricket manager Joe Marsh, pictured with Torquay SS student Anjee Taranto, is in Rockhampton for tonight’s launch of the upcoming cricket season. Robyne Cuerel

Capricorn Coast makes its return to the A-grade competition

NEWLY-appointed regional cricket manager Joe Marsh won't be the only new face in town this year.

In a boost to cricket in the region, Capricorn Coast makes its return to the A-grade competition after a number of years playing in the lower grades.

On the back of a second grade premiership-winning season, Capricorn Coast makes its long-awaited return to top grade cricket and is poised to ruffle some feathers.

The 2012-13 second grade champions will field teams in the A-grade, second grade and third grade competitions, to the delight of Central Queensland club co-ordinator Peter Wells.

"It's a bit exciting to have Cap Coast back," Wells said ahead of tonight's 2013-14 season launch at Frenchville Sports Club.

"They were reserve grade premiers last year, they've got a good group of players together and they just want to have a go at it - it's good to see."

The 2013-14 Frenchville Sports Club A-grade competition will still only feature four teams, after Cap Coast stepped up to the top grade in place of last year's battlers North Rockhampton, which will field teams in the second and third grade competitions only.

While he said it was disappointing to see a proud club like Norths drop out of the top competition, Wells was confident it wouldn't be their end.

"Norths did struggle last year. They've recently appointed a new committee and they decided it was better for the club to drop back and field teams in second and third grade," Wells said.

"We're hopeful they will bounce back and return to A-grade in the future."

Marsh, who took up the recently created role just over a month ago, visits Rockhampton today for the first time for the official launch of the upcoming season.

Now based in Gladstone, Marsh worked for Queensland Cricket as a regional development officer in Ipswich for six years.

Wells was confident the former Queensland Country and Australian indigenous representative would excel in his new role.