Ardene Ruhode joins the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club as player/coach in 2020/21.
Ardene Ruhode will be player/coach of the Trinity Old Scholars in 2020/21, joining us from Magpies Cricket Club in Mackay, Queensland. Ruhode is a former Zimbabwe under 19 representative. PHOTO: Supplied

In season 2020/21, the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club begins a new era with the announcement of Ardene Ruhode as our senior coach.

Ruhode joins us from the Magpies Cricket Club in Mackay, Queensland, where he was player/coach in 2019/20.

A Zimbabwe under 19 representative, as a right-hand bat and right-arm off-spinner, Ruhode has been in Australia since 2017 pursuing his passion for coaching.

“I am thrilled to be joining the club and very humbled that TOSCC has put their faith in me to take up this role and play an important part in the club’s success,” Ardene said.

“I am very much excited to meet everyone and get started on what I think is going to be a very exciting season.

“There is a lot of ability and talent in this current playing group and to be able to work with them to achieve our aim of playing finals cricket is an exciting prospect I look forward to.”

Ruhode was part of the University of Pretoria Cricket Academy, the alma mater of players such as AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Niel Wagner, and is now studying a Bachelor of Business in Sports Management. He also enjoys soccer and rugby union.

Apart from his involvement with the TOSCC, Ruhode will also be a part of the school community, supporting teaching staff and working in its sports programs.

“Sport has given me an education and an opportunity to make something out of my life, something I never dreamed of considering my background and where I come from,” he said.

Club president Brad Schaper welcomed Ruhode to the TOSers, excited to provide the next step for a cricketer keen to build a coaching portfolio.

“We’ve spoken to a variety of people about Ardene and he comes to us with strong recommendations. We really look forward to having him become part of our culture and create a new story for our club,” Schaper said.

Further details about a welcome event and pre-season dates will be announced later.

Schaper also acknowledged the significant contribution of outgoing coach Ali Forwood, who is stepping aside this season due to family and work commitments.

“Ali has been such a big contributor to our club over the years and he has left big shoes to fill, that much cannot be understated,” Schaper said.

“As a fellow player, I’m thankful for the professionalism and, ultimately, the successes that came during his coaching tenure.

“We look forward to Ali continuing to be a significant contributor to our club.”

Forwood has coached the club for a combined five seasons, which have produced four A-grade premierships and a B-grade flag, the current stint from 2017/18.

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