Juniors pad up for opening delivery
LIKE hundreds of thousands of kids across Australia, Jack Parr's footy boots have been replaced with white pants, sunscreen, and a chunk of willow.
The Bundaberg youngster was one of many to take to the field when the city's junior cricket season got underway on Saturday.
Teams across all age groups rolled out to Kendalls Flats, but, with some still making the most of the school holidays, matches were purely for fun, with no scorecards kept.
The action continued yesterday, with the city hosting the Wide Bay 12 years and under girls and boys trials.
In the boys' division, the best under-12 cricketers from Bundaberg will take on their counterparts from Hervey Bay, Gympie, South Burnett, North Burnett and Maryborough, while in the girls' competition the hosts will play Hervey Bay, along with two combined sides from Gympie, Maryborough and South Burnett.
Matches continue today and tomorrow, with the Wide Bay girls team being named this afternoon, with the boys set to complete their final round of matches before a possible/probables match tomorrow.
Competition convenor Graham Power said he expected the three-day carnival would test all players, considering the timing of the trials.
"For most of the kids, this will be their first games of the season," Power said.
"It can be a telling factor.
"As the games progress and the kids get into the swing of things, all the little aspects of the game, like running between the wickets, will improve."
Power said one of the most pleasing aspects was the expansion of the girls' competition.
"Last year the girls' trials were held on only one day, so it's good to see more numbers this time around," he said.
All players will be aiming to impress Wide Bay selectors, with the girls' state titles to be held in Brisbane from November 5 to 7, with the boys from November 12 to 16 on the Sunshine Coast.