Rockhampton A-grade wicket keeper Terry Wreghitt is a picture of concentration.
Rockhampton A-grade wicket keeper Terry Wreghitt is a picture of concentration. Chris Ison Rokccrick

A grade and B grade players impress coach

MICK Hepburn is confident Rockhampton will be right in the mix at the Super League indoor cricket tournament in Townsville in July.

The prediction comes after the strong showing by the city's A and B-grade teams at the invitational friendly played at the Indoor Sports Arena last weekend.

The Rockhampton teams each played a total of five games over the two days against Mackay and Bundaberg.

Both finished with four wins, something which excited coach Mick.

FIRING UP: Travis Applewaite was one of the best for the Rockhampton A-grade team at the Super League Invitational Friendly.
FIRING UP: Travis Applewaite was one of the best for the Rockhampton A-grade team at the Super League Invitational Friendly. Chris Ison Rokccrick

"I'm totally over the moon," he said. "I couldn't have asked for a better preparation for Townsville.

"The A-graders all played outstandingly well, led by David Buchanan.

"I had really positive feedback from the other centres and they said we look like a team of the future if we stick to what we're doing.

"We have a few areas to work on but that should all come together by the time we head to Townsville."

Mick and David both saluted the performance of Travis Applewaite and Dean Hepburn, the up-and-coming young stars of the team.

"They've been going really well," David said. "They have been leading the way. They're the young pups so it's good to see them hitting them well.

"But the team seems to be going pretty well all around. Everyone is nice and keen.

"We should go pretty well in Townsville and as long as we continue preparing well, we'll give it a good shot."

Jake Olive shone for Rocky.
Jake Olive shone for Rocky. Jenna Johnstone Rokcricket

Mick was equally impressed with the B-grade players, in particular Jake Olive who he said had improved his game immensely.

"He is definitely knocking on the door of playing A-grade," Mick said.

"He puts in the hard yards, listens to advice and puts it all on the court and you can see the results."