Josh will play for Australia
CRICKET: He is 12 years old, his favourite cricketer is Adam Gilchrist and one day he wants to play for Australia.
And now Josh Irwin has the whole of Rockhampton behind him as he takes his first step towards his dream.
The local cricketer was presented with a trophy and a new bat yesterday as he was named the district’s top young cricketer of the year.
Member for Rockhampton, Robert Schwarten, presented the Award at Berserker Street State School and said the last student from the school to receive the prestigious award was in 1989.
The award has seen top local cricketers go on to bigger and better things including Jessica Jonassen, who has gone on to play for the Queensland Fire team and the Australian under-21 Shooting Stars team.
Irwin said he shone best when batting and he wanted to build his skills up to play alongside his favourite Australian cricketers.
Schwarten said the award was developed 21 years ago as an initiative to encourage up-and-coming cricketers to continue along the cricketing path.
“A past winner of the award is Jessica Jonassen who last year made her Queensland Fire debut in the Women’s National Cricket league,” Schwarten said.
Schwarten said he hoped Irwin continued to progress with his cricketing skills and hoped that one day he would achieve the great heights that Jonassen had.
“You never know, one day we might see Josh striding out to the middle of The Gabba in Brisbane to represent Australia against the South Africans or Poms,” he said.
Irwin’s coach from the Brothers club, Ashley Hull, said Irwin has shown strength on the field in both batting and bowling and the award comes as no surprise to him.
“He is a left-hand batsman, he is enthusiastic and comes to training every week,” he said.
“In our club, he is the leading run-getter and is also leading our averages.”
Ashley said the award was a good indication of their skills and encouragement.
“The award is for junior kids and it provides some encouragement for them to continue training and to work hard in their future cricket,” Hull said.
Irwin is preparing for state titles in January.
“He goes as part of the Central Queensland team to the under-13 state title, and that will be his next big challenge,” Hull said.