Promising season ahead
THE Laidley Blue Dogs' season ahead is looking like it will be as strong as the last.
With their promising under-14 side heading off to play Fassifern in the Grand Final in two weeks, club coaching co-ordinator, Michael Sippel, is adamant they will emerge victorious.
He already has a few promising players in the pipeline.
“We have an under-15 player Jack Wood playing in Adelaide for Queensland,” Mr Sippel said.
Some other future stars in the U14s include Ryan Plummer, Tom Macdonald, Sam Brennan and coach Sippel is all about getting them into senior cricket.
He said the Laidley Blue Dogs have had a proud history since they started in 1992.
“The Laidley District Cricket Club has junior and senior teams playing in the Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association's competition after moving from the Lockyer competition,” he said.
“The club since produced players for Queensland Country and Brisbane first grade.”
He said the club endeavours to continue developing skills for boys and girls, at junior and senior levels.
“We are constantly on the lookout for the next Andy Bichel and Matt Hayden, and our club encourages and assists those with the ability and desire to play at the next level.
“It is all about mateship and having a good game of cricket.
“The oval the Blue Dogs use for training is linked to the sporting prestige of Andy Bichel, whose family the grounds are named after,” he said.
The club now boasts 120 members and five teams, which they are working to include a few more next year.
“We have a good working relation ship with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council because the grounds are a council-owned facility and we have started our identity from there at Bichel Oval,” he said.
The club started with a synthetic pitch and over time, they have spent a total of more than $150,000 on the club.
“We transformed it into a turf wicket and now are planning to laser flatten the ground to make it level.
“We also installed the white fence around it.
“Also, we will be looking to spend more money on equipment and fix the shed after an impact assessment is done from the floods.
“It has had quite a history.
“We have won five out of the last six premierships and we are hoping to finish on top with the minor premiership this season,” he said.
“We are hoping to keep attracting young players to the club from schools in the region.
“We need the support and we were impacted by the flood, but we have applied for grant assistance to rebuild our club.”
Mr Sippel said the Laidley Cricket Club spent three days at the schools in Laidley running the In2cricket program with the assistance of Queensland Cricket.
“The problem is a lot of the schools have hundreds of kids but only a few are playing cricket, we could always do with a few more players.”
He said he is looking to start more teams next year to encourage involvement in club sport from an earlier age.
For more information about the club contact Michael Sippel on 0418 479 062.