Bond has licence to thrill in debut season
CRICKET: His name's Bond. Jaden Bond.
The 16-year-old Norths all-rounder has a licence to thrill in his debut season in division 1.
But it's not all about taking wickets and making runs for this youthful cricketer.
For Bond it's a family affair with dad Julian playing for the Norths div 3 team and his grandfather Arthur playing for Norths in his heyday.
The homemade cricket nets at the family's Avenell Heights home are testament to the family's support of Jaden's blossoming sporting career.
"I've been brought up with cricket in the family,” Jaden said.
"We have always watched cricket together.”
Jaden had his best outing yet for the club last weekend against Past Highs.
Batting first he contributed with a handy 55 runs before picking up three wickets for the team.
"The previous week I got out for a duck so it was good to bounce back,” he said with a laugh.
Jaden says he's noticed a lift in intensity from the lower divisions to div 1.
"It's a lot a faster,” he said.
"From batting, bowling and fielding your reaction times need to be on the ball.”
With work commitments, school and cricket, Jaden admits it's been a juggling act to make cricket a priority.
But it's been worth the effort.
"It's quite challenging and I had to keep a timetable,” he said.
He played junior cricket with Norths before playing with YMCA.
YMCA cricketing coach Reg Rowe was a mentor for Jaden taking his batting average from 12 to 130 in a year.
"I'm so thankful that he took the time to help me,” Jaden said.
The teen's passion for the sport is what drives him to continue to work hard at becoming a better cricketer.
He looks to Australian skipper Steve Smith as an example of someone who worked hard to become one of the world's greatest batsmen.
"When he first came in he wasn't the top player and really came back and turned into one of the best batsmen in the world,” he said.
Once he completes school, Jaden hopes to pit his cricketing skills against teams in Brisbane or Sunshine Coast.
But first he has a game against Brothers to contend with today.
"They are always a tough team,” he said.