Step up for State selection
PRODIGIOUS Port Curtis cricketers Josh Hall and David Heymer are taking their bat and ball and heading to Mackay for the under-19 Secondary Schools State Championships starting tomorrow.
Hall, 17, of Gladstone State High and 16-year-old Heymer from Toolooa State High are the only Port Curtis players in the Capricornia representative side. The duo will line up alongside players from Mackay, Rockhampton and Emerald in the three-day carnival.
Capricornia cricket coach Michael Small said that the competition, which a plethora of prominent players such as Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson have graduated from, is a fantastic measuring stick for the current crop of talented youths.
“It’s a great opportunity for these boys to test their skills against the best around the state,” he said.
“I look forward to seeing how they perform, it’s a really good competition, it’s played in good spirit and it’s a great chance for these boys to really come into their own against these sides.”
The 12-man-team will play Darling Downs, South Coast and Metropolitan East in the 55 over-a-side tournament.
After back-to-back wins six years ago, Small feels that his Capricornia boys are due.
“We’ve had a bit of a dry spell the last few years, we’ve won a few games but we’re pretty hopeful this year in front of a home crowd in Mackay,” he said.
“The side looks really good on paper so we just need some guys to make some runs and take some wickets.”
Hall and Heymer are no strangers to the representative scene; both have played at CQ level and are aiming for selection in the Queensland side, which is chosen at the championships.
“The goal is just to make some runs and hopefully make the Queensland side,” Heymer said.
Top order batsman Hall echoed his wicket-keeper’s sentiments.
“It’ll be good to get up there and play a bit of rep cricket against the Southern teams and see if we can match it with them,” Hall said.
The Capricornia side has had a limited preparation heading into the event, with the side chosen just a few weeks before the September school holidays.
“It’s unfortunate we have such a late preparation so we’re relying on the boys’ club preparations,” Small said.