Mud­dies make the grade

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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