Toovey called for country duties
A TEAM dinner and maybe a few quiet drinks to bring in midnight is how Rockhampton cricketer Sean Toovey thinks he could be spending New Year's Eve this weekend.
"I'm all new to this,'' said Toovey, who has cricket playing duties in Brisbane on December 31 and January 1.
Toovey, a former first grade player for Sandgate-Redcliffe, is preparing to make his Queensland Country debut on the weekend with two trial games against the QAS (Queensland Academy of Sport) at Allan Border Field before heading to the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Mandurah, Western Australia, from January 3-14.
Toovey, the Queensland Cricket Central Queensland regional cricket manager, is Central Queensland's sole representative in the team which is coached by his predecessor Vic Williams, now based in Townsville, and preparing for his fourth year at the Country helm.
For Toovey this is a big dream come true. "I thought my chance to play at this level of cricket was over. I'm really excited.''
Toovey is following in some illustrious family footsteps.
His father, Rob, played for the Queensland Colts (under-23s) and his grandfather Ernie was a Queensland representative. Williams has handed Toovey an opening batsman role.
"It was totally unexpected, I haven't batted there since I was 11 or 12,'' Toovey said.
"But I guess if you're first drop it's like you're opening sometimes.
"The 24-year-old is expecting some tough competition in the west.
"The North Queensland and South Queensland game (in Mackay last month) was some of the best cricket I've played, in terms of quality it was no different to Brisbane,'' he said. Toovey flies out of Rockhampton today.
Williams expects the champions to test the Queensland team which has five returning players from last year and two players back after a spell.