Winter trek reaps bonus in summer

HAVING made a winning move to Rockhampton for AFL this year, new Bluebirds recruit Chris Nolan is now leaping into a summer of cricket.

Nolan, 22, will have to wait another week to continue his impressive start to the Southern Star Sports Shield after yesterday's heavy rain forced match officials to abandon today's action.

All three round five matches were declared draws.

Nolan, formerly of Victoria, made the trek north to play for the Glenmore Bulls in last season's AFL Capricornia competition and was a member of the Bulls' heart-breaking grand-final loss to Brothers.

After making some mates for life both on the footy field and cricket pitch, the towering centre halfback has no plans on moving back home.

"I got sick of it back home and wanted a bit of a change,'' Nolan said.

"Rocky's a great town to live in and I haven't met a bad person yet.''

Nolan, who drives a dump truck for Readymix in Rockhampton, will be handed the new ball in next weekend's round-six clash with Frenchville ? a part of his cricket game he only unearthed two years ago while playing for North Geelong.

"We were bowling and the other team were only two down for about 180 runs,'' Nolan recalls.

"The ball got thrown around and after bowling 14 overs I had figures of 3 for 22 ? I was mainly a batsman until then.''

With the footy pre-season under way, Nolan is training Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights with the Bulls and hits the cricket nets on Tuesday and Thursdays before playing on Saturday.

Sunday is a recovery session.

"I've been doing it for years, footy in the winter and cricket in the summer,'' Nolan said.

Meanwhile, tomorrow's Central Queensland open and under-21 representative matches in Biloela and Gladstone are still on.

Match officials will inspect the pitches today.

Points ? Brothers 35, CQU Tigers 31, Frenchville 31, Gracemere 23, Bluebirds 23, Cap Coast 13. ? Round Six ? (December 10/17) Cap Coast v CQU Tigers (Rockhampton Cricket Grounds), Gracemere v Brothers (Rockhampton Cricket Grounds), Frenchville v Bluebirds (Jardine Park).

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