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Daniel Athanitis is enjoying playing for North Albury this season. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

NORTH Albury cricketer Daniel Athanitis knows a thing or two about leadership, having coached Rand-Walbundrie to the Hume Football League grand final.

But when it comes to cricket, Athanitis is enjoying just going about his game without the pressure of responsibility.

“I like to take a back seat,” Athanitis said.

“Kirky (Matt Kirkwood) is doing a great job as captain and Middo (Gerard Midson) as coach is leading really well. I like to do what I’m told.

“If called on to say something or help out, I am happy to do so.

“But speaking from experience at the footy, nothing is worse than someone butting in.”

Athanitis arrived at the Hoppers this year, following footy mates Brendan Simmons and Daniel Kadaoui.

He has played most of his cricket with Yarrawonga-Mulwala (formerly Mulwala) and Strathmerton in the Murray Valley.

“It was a natural progression,” Athanitis said.

“It helps when going to a new club that you know people.

“It’s definitely been a good move,

“The stepup in standard has been good. It’s a bit of a younger side and we’re looking to improve and keep getting better.

“The standard is probably more consistent — there are very good cricketers in the Wangaratta competition but in Albury there’s just a few more of them.

“The challenge has been great.”

But leadership role or not, Athanitis isn’t letting himself off the hook.

With a top score of 63 and four wickets this year, he said he could do better.

“It’s been on and off,” he said. “I didn’t really do a pre-season and started a bit late with footy commitments, but hopefully I’m improving.”

In fact, he said, the whole club was on the improve.

“North Albury is a proud club. It went through a bit of a down phase last year,” Athanitis said.

“We pushed Wodonga on Saturday and it was disappointing not to get over the line.

“But we are a young side and it’s going to take time.”

Today marks the chance to show how far the Hoppers have come with the start of a two-day game against Lavington at Bunton Park.

With Riverina rep cricket this weekend, both teams will miss players — Ashley Borella from North Albury and Sam Harris from Lavington.

“I think we play better two-day cricket,” Athanitis said.

“This will be another good challenge because the Panthers are very well led too.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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