No training, just fun as Panthers try out cricket

THE CQU Panthers are always ready to pounce on any sporting field.

While most footy teams are enjoying the off-season, the Panthers are diving into a summer of cricket.

Joining the Rockhampton Cricket Association fourth grade competition, the Panthers are still chasing their first win.

But their latest sporting pursuit is not about success, it's about having fun and team camaraderie.

"We're in it for fun ? we still haven't trained yet,'' player-coach Clinton Evans said.

"From the first game we've improved out of sight. The Grammarians gave us a pasting and the next time we played them it was a lot closer.''

The Rockhampton club also fields two soccer teams in the Nerimbera Six-A-Side competition on Friday nights and will hit the basketball court when the local warehouse competition tips-off after Christmas.

After playing them in soccer last Friday night, I wouldn't want to run into them on the footy field next season ? the boys mean business.

Out of the Panthers' three summer sports, Evans believes his players are more at home on the basketball court.

"We've got a few basketballers in the side,'' Evans said.

"It keeps the ball skills up and everyone together during the offseason.''

Call it pre-season training or team bonding, there is no doubt the Panthers will have their skills sharpened for next year's AFL Capricornia season.

And just like Homer Simpson said: "When you participate in sport it's not whether you win or lose, it's how drunk you get.''

r If you know of someone who deserves a special mention in this column, or have any upcoming cricket events to mention, simply email me at aaron.kelly@capnews.com.au or call 4930?4262.



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