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.
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,
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
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.
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
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