Sunshine Coast Locals represent in Rookie Challenge
Apr
05
2017

 

QLD Flames Players (left to right): Tom Olsen, William Finch, Leon Manuel, Kaleb Weil, Tom Lunt

 

Queensland Cricket's Rookie Challenge has officially kicked off with five Sunshine Coast locals representing as a part of the Under 16 Queensland Flames team.

The competition has been designed to allow 48 of the best players to showcase theirs skills in front of the Queensland Cricket State Selection Panel, Talent Officers and gain valuable feedback on individual games in the hopes of being a chosen one of thirteen to join the U17 Queensland State side and play in the 2018 National Competition.

So who are the local lads to watch? Meet Leon Manuel, Kaleb Weil, Tom Olsen, William Finch and Tom Lunt.

What position do you play? 
Leon: Fast Bowler/ Opening Bowler 
Kaleb: All Rounder 
Tom O: Bowling All Rounder 
William: Batting All Rounder 
Tom L: Top Order Batsman / Medium Pace Seam Bowler   

Do you have a pre-game ritual? 
Leon: Getting into the right mindset by watching a montage of Brett Lee or Dale Steyn bowling 
Kaleb: I put my gear on starting at my shoes and work my way up to my helmet. I like to sit on my own just before taking to the field, 
Tom O: No pre-game rituals, however, I am superstitious during game. I put all my right gear on first; right shoe, sock, pad, glove, inner etc. 
William: My pre-game ritual is to set out all my batting gear and make sure my gloves are out. I also like to have a look at the ground, and if I can, have a look at the pitch. I start getting into a game mentality before the game so that when I arrive at the ground I am focused and prepared for the day ahead.  
Tom L: Stay calm, relaxed, organised 

Best training tips? 
Leon: When training, make sure to work on a particular aspect of the game. As a fast bowler you should never just run in and bowl at training. Work on a good bouncer or yorker etc. 
Kaleb: Go in focused on what you want to achieve 
Tom O: Train how you want to play and don't take a session lightly
William: From a batting point of view, you can't got past one-handed batting drills. It helps you to learn how to time the ball well, as well as building up muscle memory when playing that particular shot. 

What do you do when you are not playing cricket? 
Leon: Hang out with family and friends, watch cricket, movies and other sports, play other sports! 
Kaleb: i like to go fishing and hang out with my mates. 
Tom O: I like to spend time with my family and friends, skateboard and go to the beach 
Tom L: Relax, watch videos, stretch and recover 
William: I love to read, play music (I play the trumpet), and to play other sports like football, tennis and basketball. To be honest though in my down time I still love to play cricket, even just thinking about it. It's a big part of my life and I love it greatly.   

Favourite quote? 
Leon: Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do. 
Kaleb: If at first you don't succeed, try again. 
William: If your dreams don't scare you they aren't big enough. 
Tom L: It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you can get back up. 
Tom O: Cricket is 80% mental and 20% skill

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