The Courier-Mail

COP DEALS WITH HEAT

- BEN DOR­RIES

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.

 ??  ?? BEATS AND THE HEAT: Luke Feld­man dou­bles as Queens­land po­lice of­fi­cer and a fast bowler; and (be­low) in ac­tion.
Main pic­ture: Jamie Han­son
BEATS AND THE HEAT: Luke Feld­man dou­bles as Queens­land po­lice of­fi­cer and a fast bowler; and (be­low) in ac­tion. Main pic­ture: Jamie Han­son
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