Cricketer off to national titles
LAIDLEY teenager Jack Wood has proven to have skill well beyond his years as he prepares to don the maroon cap and take on some of the country's best this week.
Despite only being 15, Wood was selected to tackle players two years his senior as part of the Queensland under-17 cricket team in the national titles in Hobart.
Wood said he was surprised to be selected into the under-17s squad but was looking forward to the challenge and to testing his skills in the higher grades of representative cricket.
"I'm looking forward to it, it should be good," he said.
"It's going to be a challenge.
"I'm a bit nervous, it's going to be tough but I'm looking forward to just the experience of playing against a high level of cricket."
The leg spinner will travel to the titles with useful experience against older opponents though, being a regular for the Laidley Division one team.
He also had the privilege of playing alongside his uncle, former Australian cricketer Ashley Noffke as well as family friend (and Australian cricketer) Andy Bichel in a special match for the Blue Dogs last month.
The national under-17 championships will be held from December 6 to 15.