This week’s Yaralla Sports Star Mitchell Inwood balances hockey and cricket in his sporting life.
This week’s Yaralla Sports Star Mitchell Inwood balances hockey and cricket in his sporting life.

Two-sport talent will tour in NZ

DO not let the soft-spoken Mitchell Inwood fool you, he is as competitive as they come.

And it is this passionate attitude that has helped the 17-year-old excel in the cricketing and hockey worlds.

Most recently the multi-talented sportsman was selected to tour New Zealand with the Queensland under-19 hockey side in September.

It also meant Capricornia, Central Queensland and Gladstone representative sides were well-accustomed to his name in both sports.

On top of other honours, Inwood was also selected in the 2007 and 2008 under-17 North Queensland cricket sides.

Locally the duel-sport talent plays for the Sparks A1 Extended League hockey side in the winter and The Glen A grade cricket side in summer.

While competitiveness has helped him become successful, Inwood said comradeship was what attracted him to the sports.

“The team aspect of it, I’ve always loved to play sport, I’ve played sport my whole life,” Inwood told The Observer.

The two sports seasons also complement each other, according to the player.

“In hockey season I probably get sick of hockey by the end and I want to play cricket and the same vice versa. It evens out,” he said.

Playing with The Glen A grade for the first time in the recent 2009/10 season, Inwood was lucky enough to help the team win the Gladstone Cricket premiership.

While he may have one win from the senior A grade grand final the team traditionally struggled at the final hurdle.

The Glen won its first premiership this year despite being in the finals for four consecutive years.

“We’ve broken the curse, so to speak,” he said.

“We’ve got that out of the way now so hopefully there’s a bit of dominance.”

But for now his focus remains on the nearing New Zealand trip.

The Queensland squad will play nine games in 12 days but Inwood said they expected to experience the New Zealand culture.

“We tour all around the the North Island, so we’ll do plenty of sightseeing in two weeks,” he said.



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