Rep players return with prestige
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
BEING a representative player in any sport is an honour that holds a certain prestige.
If that is the case, then David Heymer and Rachel Withoos are pretty prestigious.
Gladstone's Heymer and Boyne Island's Withoos returned home on Monday after starring for their respective teams at last week's National Primary Schools Cricket Exchange in Victoria.
For wicketkeeper-batsman Heymer, the chance to play a key part in the Queensland team which finished second was a great thrill.
'To play for Queensland was nice, I was pretty happy the way the tournament went for me,' Heymer said.
'It would have been good to win, but second place was not too bad.'
The highlight of Heymer's week was his 35-not-out against the ACT, but added his wicketkeeping also went well.
'(My keeping) went alright, I took a few catches which was good,' he said.
Withoos also had a week she would never forget as a member of the Invitational team.
Not only did Withoos play a big role as an opening bowler, but she was a co-captain of the team which finished in fourth place overall as well.
"Being a co-captain was OK, but kind of annoying because you had to try and keep encouraging the team all the time,'' Withoos said.
She displayed her all-round ability at various stages during the week, with two-wicket hauls against Victoria and Queensland interspersed with solid batting displays.
'My highlight was taking 2/13 against Queensland,' she said.