Star is rising
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IF THIS year's form is anything to go by, talented 17-year-old Gladstone cricketer Liam Kirk is certainly a star on the rise.
The left-handed batsman cannot stop scoring runs at the moment and has been rewarded with his recent selection in the Queensland Country under-19 team for the clash against the Queensland under-17's at Allan Border Field.
It has been a big year for Liam having lined up for The Glen, Gladstone High, Capricornia, Central Queensland under-19's and North Queensland under-19's to date, scoring 527 runs at an average of over 60.
Liam credits his strong season with an improvement in his mental side of the game, playing with more patience and he is reaping the rewards as a result.
"It has been a good year so far for me, I have been more disciplined and selective with my shots and it is working. "I started the year very well with The Glen making 72 and it has flowed on from there,'' the modest Kirk said.
He has been playing for The Glen for nine years since starting as an eight-yearold and comes from a family with no real background in cricket.
"I have two sisters, so I played in the backyard a lot by myself, while Dad watches the cricket on TV, he probably isn't the biggest fan,'' he said.
As for the rest of this season, Liam said he was looking forward to representing not only Queensland Country, but also the Queensland Schoolboys in December against old enemies New South Wales.
"It should be good, its great to be playing against so many good cricketers and you travel in style by plane which is nice.
"The best thing on my side is that I am 17 and am still eligible to play at this level again next year,'' he said. The future looks bright for Liam, who finishes school this year and is looking to go to University in 2005.
"Hopefully, I will get into teaching or aquaculture which would be good and I'll just keep enjoying my cricket and see what happens down the track.