Muddies make the grade
THE Douglas Muddies are being well represented in higher levels of cricket this year.
A number of players were selected to represent Cricket Far North in the Queensland Junior Cricket State Titles, and also in the Queensland school sports cricket state championships. Banjo Jenkins (8), Angus Vikionkorpi (11), Hamish Batterham (12) and Finn Vikionkorpi (9) have been selected in the Cricket Far North under 12 side to compete in Rockhampton from December 17- 21.
The four boys have all been part of the CFN Marlins which is a development program designed to provide specialist coaching and mentoring to potential representative players.
The players were nominated by their clubs, representative coaches or the CFN coaching committee and have benefited from advice from high performance coaches from around the state.
The program provides a crucial link between club cricket, CFN, NQ and Queensland playing opportunities.
At the completion of the Marlins program the boys’ trialled alongside players from Innisfail up to Mossman and inland to the Tablelands.
For the four Muddies players to make up one third of the entire team is a great effort and testament to the quality of coaching they receive from club coach Ben Vikionkorpi.
Representing the Peninsula zone for Queensland School Sports are Daniel Twomey in 10-12 years; Ryan Stanaway, Luke Twomey, Nicholas Rayner and Vincent Killeen in the 15-19 years team.
Meanwhile, the 15-19 years boys travel to Mackay in March next year to compete at Harrup Park over three days in the state championships.
All four boys have progressed through the Marlins program, play senior club cricket and have been regulars on the representative cricket circuit for a number of years.
The boys can expect stiff competition in Mackay with the Queensland 15-19 years team to be chosen at the conclusion of the championships.
Congratulations to Daniel on a fine performance and the best of luck to Banjo, Angus, Hamish, Finn, Ryan, Luke, Nicholas and Vincent in their competitions.
Daniel Twomey, Ryan Stanaway, Luke Twomey, Nicholas Rayner and Vincent Killeen at Muddies training in Port Douglas.