Scott Groves concedes his club was at a crossroads.
With numbers dwindling, Gerringong had dropped out of the South Coast first grade competition and lost teams in the junior ranks.
An injection of fresh blood into the committee has seen the club launch a push to return to the top flight in the coming seasons, while Groves has been tasked with rebuilding the junior base.
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"We were at a bit of a crossroads after last season," Groves said. "There's a lot more energy in the club at the moment.
"We're working well together and hopefully it pays off with some new juniors that we can start getting into grade cricket."
The drive to grow junior numbers has seen Gerringong Cricket Club work closely with the Cricket NSW community managers and Gerringong Public School to introduce the town's students to the sport.
Increased COVID-19 restrictions have added to the challenge, but that did not stop the school holding an internal cricket gala day.
The event was one of many planned by the community managers across the region to help produce junior cricketers, with activities to be held from Austinmer down to Kiama in the coming fortnight.
Gerringong year six teacher Belinda Baines said it was clear some of her students will shine should they make the transition to Saturday cricket.
"You could really see the talent come out in the kids," Baines said. "There were some kids talking about playing for Gerringong and we'll let them know how they can join."