RGS cricketers looking to bowl over rivals in final
CRICKET: The Rockhampton Grammar School's primary school cricket team will pad up in the Milo T20 Blast School Cup state final in Brisbane tomorrow.
RGS will line up alongside teams from every other region in Queensland, as well as three teams from the Brisbane region in a bid to make the national final to be played in Melbourne next month.
Proud coach Owen Kelland said it would be an exciting opportunity for his young charges who will get to play on the hallowed Allan Border Field.
The players, aged 11 and 12, had their final training run on Monday afternoon to fine-tune their game plan and ensure they were "ready to go”.
"The boys are all very excited and it's something they're really looking forward to,” Kelland said.
RSG won seven games to book their berth in the final.
"We played in the Rockhampton District Challenge of the T20 final and were successful there,” Kelland explains.
"We then had to play in the Capricornia-Whitsunday section against teams from Mackay, Gladstone and as far out as Alpha and were successful there.
"Now it's the state final in Brisbane. We will play three games down there and then finals.”
Kelland and captain Brodie Blomfield agreed that the team's fielding ability was one of its greatest strengths.
"They all do their bit; they're all good, solid cricketers,” Kelland said of the team's eight players.
"Fielding is probably their greatest strength overall; their ability to keep teams to a low score, take catches and effect run-outs.”
RGS will open their campaign against Happy Valley State School at 9am. They will then play St Francis School and Southport School before the finals match-ups are decided.
Kelland said he just wanted the players to enjoy the experience.
"They're sure to be up against some strong teams down there, especially those from Brisbane, but it's going to be a learning curve for them,” he said.
"The idea is for them to go down there and have a good time and represent the school proudly.”