KIAMA Cricket Club will be hoping new management and a new attitude will help the club become more competitive once the first ball of the new South Coast Cricket Association season is bowled in about six weeks' time.
Matt O'Brien has stepped up and will fulfil the dual role of player and president, while Eric Davies becomes the club's first coach in memory.
Both hope a more professional approach within the club will turn things around.
Once a powerhouse in South Coast Cricket, the first grade side has struggled on the field over recent seasons and Davies is confident his experience and drive will rub off on some of his clubmates.
"When I came up from Melbourne a couple of years ago, I was surprised the club didn't have a coach and after having last season off, decided to throw my hat into the ring and try my hand at coaching," Davies said.
"I believe the club needs a more structured approach to the way we do things, including better discipline, which comes from a different attitude - starting with training and better fitness - and I think if we can get this right, the rest will follow.
"People need to attend training and events - in other words, better support of the club will lead to better results."
He also believed junior players needed a better pathway into grade instead of just being thrown in and left to their own devices.
"Young guys like Jake Ashley and Matt Price are prime examples of young blokes who will be coming through in the next year or so, and I think the appointment of Mark Brockman as junior club coach is a move in the right direction," he said.
Matt O'Brien has returned to the area after living in Sydney for a short time and last season travelled back to Kiama to play, but didn't think twice about becoming more involved in the club.
"Previously I was pretty tied up with uni work, but when Michael Hook wanted to step down as president, I thought 'why not?'," O'Brien said.
"We have a few new faces on the committee, including Eric Davies, Dave Timbs and Andy Hart joining John Dawson and Dan Reilly as board members and Brendan and Nathan Barr are still involved as secretary and treasurer, so we have a good, experienced base."
Captain Jaya Hartgerink is hoping for a change of fortunes within the club.
"We have had a few disappointing years, with our batting a particular problem, but even at this early stage, the vibe is strong. Now we have to turn it into wins," he said.