Father and son Nick and Joe Laffey make a 100-run stand
CRICKET: Gympie Harlequins player Joe Laffey shared a memorable experience with his 13-year-old son Nick during a reserve grade match against Tin Can Bay last weekend when they made a 100-run partnership.
Mr Laffey said it meant a lot to him especially with his son being so young and doing so well to make 44 runs in his first cricket game in the senior's competition.
"It has been the best experience I have had since playing cricket and being able to share that with him was very special," he said.
"It was amazing to see the joy on my son's face - as a parent there is nothing better than seeing that."
He said before Nick stepped on to the pitch, Harlequins were in a lot of trouble with only 60-70 runs under their belt and three wickets in hand.
The team was only able to field nine players and was already at a disadvantage.
Nick was the second last to bat and if not for his effort the score would have told a much different story but instead both father and son lifted the score to finish the first innings with 175.
"It gave us something to bowl at," Mr Laffey said.
"It was a special moment and did more than I expected he was capable of.
"It is amazing to score a 100 with anyone let alone your son."
Mr Laffey said the team is made up of a lot of young players aged as young as 13 and 14, with and have proved they can hold their own in this competition.
"To step out and play against men there is a lot of self doubt," he said.
"Nick looked frightened and stressed when he got on the pitch but realised he could still smash it out against the men."
Nick proved that even the youngest of players can compete and be nurtured at this level of competition.
Mr Laffey said all clubs were encouraging players to step up in to the senior grades after junior Gympie cricket and players like Nick showed that juniors can compete against men.
If more budding Gympie cricketers play up it will help their game individually and the standard of Gympie clubs.