COP DEALS WITH HEAT
THE force is with the Brisbane Heat.
The Queensland Force, that is.
Queensland Bulls fast bowler Luke Feldman, known as Constable Feldman in his other job, appreciates a good uniform.
The serving police officer wears a navy blue shirt in his working life, while his cricket has taken a rainbow-coloured path which is about to parachute him into the teal colours of the Brisbane Heat.
It will be his fifth Twenty20 outfit after previously playing with the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder and also having stints with the Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes.
Feldman was an original target of Darren Lehmann for the Heat when the Big Bash League started but ag-
Police gressive recruiting by the Hurricanes firstly saw him head south to pull on the purple strip.
The fast bowler has had a colourful life and times and could make a good corporate speaker with some of his quirky and colourful tales.
For instance, the nervous flyer always requests seats at the back of planes because “I’ve never heard of a plane reversing into a mountain’’.
On one flight when stewards made an announcement about severe turbulence ahead, Feldman had teammates in stitches when he asked: ‘’Why doesn’t the pilot just fly around it? It’s a big sky.’’
The son of former One Nation leader Bill also enjoys recounting how he foiled a break-in and nabbed a thief on his first tour with the Queensland Bulls.
“It was my first game at the MCG and I was in awe of the place, and I had just taken my first wicket in Sheffield Shield cricket,’’ Feldman said.
“We were staying at St Kilda and my roommate Nick Kruger (former Bulls batsman) thought he heard someone in our unit.
“I jumped out of bed wearing footy shorts and someone had stolen all the grog out of our minibar.
“I grabbed my Queens- land police badge – although I don’t know why because I was in Victoria and it wasn’t going to do anything – and chased the bloke downstairs.
“There he was handing out our minibar grog to his mates.
‘‘I grabbed him and sat on him and said ‘wrong room, mate!’’
Feldman, 31, is very much his own man and even gave th the game away for four years, fr from age 16 to 20.
But a growth spurt enc couraged him to return to the bowling crease and the latebloomer has 141 Sheffield S Shield wickets at 27.92.
Until recently Feldman worked in the Queensland Police Traffic Intelligence Unit, reviewing fatal road accidents and analysing statistics to try to lower the road t toll.
He has now been seconded to help organise the Australasian Police Games, which will be held on the Sunshine Coast next year.
Feldman, forever grateful to his police bosses for allowing him to have dual careers, cracks a wide smile when he reveals he has never been sledged on the cricket field.
“The cricketers know that they have to come back to Queensland and I have got a few (police) mates up here,’’ he said with a laugh.