Coaches & Ambassadors

James Allenby – Director of Cricket

Jim Allenby is a former first-class cricketer and current Head Coach of the Claremont – Nedlands Cricket Club. He played professional cricket for 14 years in WA, the UK and Pakistan, playing over 400 games in his professional career – scoring more than 14,000 runs and taking over 450 wickets. Jim is currently doing post-graduate studies in Sports and Leadership at the University of Notre Dame in Perth.

Robbie Gaspar – Director of Soccer

Robbie Gaspar’s playing career took him to clubs in Croatia, the NSL, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia over a 17 year-spell. But a move into sports diplomacy and business after retiring in 2013 has seen him find his true calling. Robbie was the first Australian footballer to play professionally in Indonesia. He played in Indonesia for seven years including playing for one of Indonesia’s biggest football clubs, Persib Bandung. During his time as a professional player, he earned the respect of his colleagues, to the extent that he was nominated for, and became, an executive committee member of the Indonesian Professional Footballers Players Union or AsosiasiPemainPesepakbola Indonesia (APPI) for several years.

Matthew Kelly – Ambassador/Pace Bowling Consultant

Matthew Kelly is a current player who made his first-class debut for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield in 2017-18. A product of Scotch College, Matt represented Australia Under-19 in 2013 and secured a rookie contract with Cricket WA in 2016. He made his Twenty20 debut for the Perth Scorchers in 2018 and spent the 2019 season with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He returned to Perth for the 2020 season. Matt has a Degree in Commerce from The University of Western Australia.

Tim David – Ambassador/T20 Batting Consultant

Tim David is a current Big Bash player who represented the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League in 2017-18 – 2019/20 before earning selection to the Singapore national team in 2019, making his T20 debut against Qatar. Tim has since been recruited by the Hobart Hurricanes and his success in the 2020/21 season with the ‘canes’ earned him selection in the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. He was also the leading run scorer in the Malaysia Cricket World Cup Challenge League ‘A’ tournament, with 369 runs in five matches in 2020. Tim is currently studying Commerce at The University of Western Australia.

Jake Whiteaker  – Wicketkeeping Coach

Jake Whiteaker is  is undoubtedly one of the most successful players in WACA premier cricket history having won nine Premierships so far at Claremont-Nedlands.  Combining his career as a teacher with maintaining a high standard on the field is a testament to his hard work. Jake has played for the WA Second XI, and has also been named Player of the Final three times in the CNCC premiership era. He brings a wealth of experience to wicketkeeping and batting at Players Choice.

Cameron Steel – Batting & Spin Coach

Cameron has been playing for Durham County in the UK since making his his first-class debut in 2014. He previously played senior and junior cricket at Somerset, and represented Western Australia at under-15 and under-17 levels. In 2017, he became the youngest double-centurion in Durham’s history when, at 21, he scored 224 runs off 408 balls against Leicestershire. Cameron has a Degree in History from Durham University.

Alex Bevilaqua – Pace Bowling Coach

Tall right-arm fast bowler Alex represented Western Australia at both Under-17 and Under-19 level, before being promoted on to the Warriors list with a rookie contract for the 2016-17 season. Alex made his Toyota Futures League debut for WA against Tasmania in February 2016. Alex overcame several injuries to have a consistent 2016-17 WA Premier Cricket season for South Perth, his form earned him a JLT Sheffield Shield debut in February 2018 against NSW at the WACA. In May 2019, he was signed by Tasmania ahead of the 2019–20 season before returning home again at the end of the season.