Biloela’s youth battles region’s best
A CHORUS of LBW shouts filled the air at the Magavalis Sporting Complex over the weekend (February 22-23) at a regional cricket carnival.
The Biloela Junior Cricket Club hosted the U11 Intercity T20 Carnival, which included a Biloela, two Central Highlands, two Rockhampton and a Gladstone team battling for Central Queensland supremacy.
Biloela Junior Cricket president Darren Hebbard said although his U11 failed to pick up a win in their four games, it was a great weekend of cricket.
"The enthusiasm and comradeship among all the teams and the playing group was great and, when they weren't playing, they were playing in the nets," Hebbard said.
"Being a representative carnival the level of competition is always going to be high from those bigger regional centres and we knew it would be a challenge for our young fellas to step up to that level but they had a great weekend.
"They've already taken out some positives from the weekend and gained more awareness on how to best play cricket."
After 11 round robin games, Rockhampton Blue defeated Gladstone in the final.
"This carnival is all about exposure for our players, how to pick up quick singles, where to bowl and they learn all this from playing against and watching the other kids who have had more access to professional coaching," Hebbard said.
The U14 Intercity Carnival was washed out in Rockhampton and Biloela's U12 side lost their three matches in Emerald.
On March 6, the Biloela Junior Cricket Club will host junior players from the Moura Taipans in a friendly match after the two clubs played in Moura on February 15.
"It was exciting to use their fields, it was the first time we'd travelled to play somewhere for a while and for the Taipans to structure a junior side is great," Hebbard said.
"There's a lot of energy in our leadership group now to do talent identification and build more teams.
"There's money going into infrastructure at the club to make it more attractive and a lot of discussions behind the scenes on how to grow the game in Biloela and the surrounds."