Gympie cricket junior Slatter Mitchell sends down a delivery during a practice match yesterday while Sunshine Coast Scorchers player Eric Szwarczynski looks on.
Gympie cricket junior Slatter Mitchell sends down a delivery during a practice match yesterday while Sunshine Coast Scorchers player Eric Szwarczynski looks on.

Juniors learn from Scorchers

GYMPIE junior cricketers will bowl over the opposition this season after finishing a three-day clinic with Sunshine Coast Scorchers head coach Brad Murphy yesterday.

The clinic wrapped up at the One Mile Ovals where Gympie’s young cricket talent was put through its paces.

Joining Murphy from the Sunshine Coast Scorchers were bowling coach Danny Morrison, a former player for New Zealand, and Scorchers young gun Eric Szwarczynski, recently recruited from Holland.

The first two days of the clinic were unable to take place at the One Mile Ovals after heavy rain left the fields wet underfoot and unsuitable for play.

Instead, the first day of the clinic utilised the multipurpose shelter at James Nash State High School while the second saw participants travel to the Maroochydore Indoor Cricket Centre.

Murphy said the clinic covered all aspects of the game.

“We’ve covered everything over the three days and it’s been very successful,” he said.

“There is some great young talent in Gympie and it’s great to play a part in helping develop these young cricketers.”

The Scorchers coach said he hoped the clinic would play a role in a much bigger push to forge a link between Gympie and the Sunshine Coast.

“We’re trying to help promote a link between Gympie and the Sunshine Coast and I think we are starting to see some success,” he said.

“Scorchers A Grade players Lewis Waugh, Josh Brady and Kaden Dickfos have all come from Gympie.”

Joining the list has been Ben Gear, last week named in the Under 18 Scorchers outfit after a rigorous trial process.

Murphy said a link with Gympie would expand the catchment area of potential players to feed into the Scorchers in the years to come.

Meanwhile, the junior cricket clinic was praised by Gympie Junior Cricket Association president Trevor Mahaffey.

“It’s a great opportunity for the kids to learn some new skills and use them in the new season,” he said.

The skills learnt from the clinic will be immediately put to use this weekend when two Ipswich Under 12 teams and an Under 17 New Zealand outfit visit town to play their Gympie counterparts.

The tips from the last three days may prove a winning edge.

Gympie Times


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