TOUGHENING UP: Yaralla’s Daniel Jankowski is getting accustomed to sore hands as he learns wicketkeeping.
TOUGHENING UP: Yaralla’s Daniel Jankowski is getting accustomed to sore hands as he learns wicketkeeping. Luka Kauzlaric

Wicket keeper confident a good run will eventually come

RETURNING home sore and tired is a reality many sportsman face after playing their beloved code, and Daniel Jankowski knows all about pain.

Becoming a wicketkeeper for Yaralla Muddies this season, Jankowski has had a lot of days of aching hands while learning over the past months.

"The fingers aren't too bad now. I am going alright," he said with a laugh.

Arriving in Gladstone from South Australia 18 months ago, cricket was not initially the priority for Jankowski who allowed himself to settle into life first.

The 27-year-old then took to the Aussie rules pitch for the Mudcrabs, which eventually dragged him to his now regular position behind the stumps.

"I got roped in through the Mudcrabs," he said.

"We have half of the team playing both sports."

Good mates on and off the field because of the two-code connection, Yaralla's Reserve Grade side needs the camaraderie, going through a tough season in which a win is yet to be registered.

Today offers an attractive prize for the Muddies, tackling their Yaralla counterparts the Red Devils in the day's first T20 match.

"It will be a good hit-out and then we have a match against BITS," Jankowski said.

The tough stretch may just eventually come good for Jankowski, who is positive a good run will eventually come his team's way.



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