Rabnott called up to captain cricket side
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GUN Gladstone batsman Nathan Rabnott might have been able to rush his packing yesterday but he won't have that luxury when he departs Gladstone to pursue his career in Brisbane after Christmas.
Rabnott, 17, yesterday caught a midday flight to Brisbane where he will captain the Country North under-19 side including fellow Gladstone players Liam Kirk and Lucas Hall against Country South in a two-day game at Allan Border Field beginning today.
Hall was a late addition to the side which will also includes Gladstone product Liam Kelly, now based in Rockhampton.
A strong performance this weekend could snare Rabnott a Queensland Country under-19 spot to add to his Queensland Country under17 cap and provide an ideal launching pad as he seeks to carve out a future in Brisbane.
Rabnott, who has also represented his state at schoolboy level and is a QAS scholarship holder, has not yet decided which club he will link with in the state capital but is determined to make the move a success.
'At the moment, my (main) goal is to play first grade in Brisbane,' Reardon said yesterday.
'Hopefully I'll play first grade within my first couple of years down there. I'll be a bit frustrated if I don't make it if I have to wait two or three years to get there.'
Rabnott can't remember when he first picked up a bat ("I was probably six or seven years old'') but it has always been his number one priority despite showing plenty of talent in other sports.
'I've wanted to do this (play in Brisbane) ever since I can remember ... I've always wanted to do it,' Rabnott said.
Rabnott yesterday lamented Gladstone's recent wet weather which had limited his opportunities with the Calliope A grade side but was confident he would perform well this weekend.
Rabnott has also been named as a shadow player for the Queensland Schoolboys team which competes later this month.