Rockhampton’s A-grade cricketer Bob McQuire has been named Browne Park’s newest groundsman.
Rockhampton’s A-grade cricketer Bob McQuire has been named Browne Park’s newest groundsman. Sharyn O'Neill

Pitching in earns Bob job

ROCKHAMPTON A-grade cricketer Bob McQuire has started a new innings.

Bob, who was out of work, was last year contacted about helping to rebuild several of the flood-affected Rockhampton cricket grounds.

Little did he know it would lead to a full-time job as groundsman at CQ's home of rugby league, Browne Park.

Rockhampton Regional Council's Les Fry said he was aware of Bob's unemployment when searching for jobseekers to join the Top Pitch Green Army.

The team aimed to rebuild local cricket grounds with the project being funded through the state and federal governments' Queensland Natural Disasters Job and Skills Package.

"We had a few standouts working on the grounds and Bobby was one of them," Mr Fry said.

"This experience has had a great result for Bobby.

"He is now motivated and has been employed at Browne Park."

Bob, who still loves playing cricket for Gracemere, said he gained great satisfaction helping to restore several of the local cricket grounds and being offered a job on top of that was a bonus.

"The biggest job was the senior cricket and AFL ground," he said.

"We returfed the whole lot by hand, building it up from scratch.

"We learnt that being a grounds keeper isn't just about mowing the lawn; you learn about irrigation, marking the wickets, marking the boundaries and so on.

"I have grown up playing sport in Rockhampton and knowing I am the one out there grooming the fields makes me feel quite worthy."



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