CQ puts in solid performance at Qld Zone Titles
INDOOR CRICKET: They didn't win the title but the Mick Hepburn-coached Central Queensland team certainly turned some heads at the Queensland Zone Titles in Toowoomba.
"We had teams really worried, we certainly rocked the boat,” Mick said. "Our performances made some of the Australian players there look second-rate.”
The CQ team was captained by Mick's son Dean Hepburn and included fellow Rockhampton players Terry Wreghitt, Andrew Platen, Alex Raguse, Todd Harmsworth, David Buchanan and Travis Applewaite.
They won two of the four games they played on the opening day of the three-day titles. One of them was on the last ball against a skilful South Brisbane side which made it to, but was beaten, in a thrilling grand final.
The South Brisbane team included former local Robby Fitzgerald, who Mick coached and mentored from juniors through to his late teens.
"He is one of Rockhampton's real success stories. He has gone on from here to represent Australia and has played the game overseas,” Mick said.
"He's a top bloke and a really good sport. It was really nice to catch up with him at the weekend and it was great for our boys to win against a team that included players of his ability.”
With two wins on the board, CQ was still in the hunt but two losses on the second day knocked them out of finals contention.
Mick could not be disappointed with the performance of the side but said not getting some of the one percenters right on the second day of competition hurt their chances.
"When the pressure was on, we missed a couple of easy wickets and it ended up costing us in the end,” he said.
"But all the boys can hold their heads high, Dean and Travis in particular. They really played the house down.
"In fact, the seven blokes from Rocky did their home centre proud.”
Mick said the CQ team was continuing to develop well and he was confident victory was not too far away.
"We're going to do it eventually, we're building this bridge, step by step.”