Plenty of home-town final support

CRICKET: There will be a little bit of Bundaberg in the final of the Queensland School Sport 14 years and under Championships at Salter Oval today.

Bundaberg-born Slater Asnicar will line up for the unbeaten Metropolitan North in the decider.

A year 10 student at St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, Asnicar spent the first four years of his life in the city but moved to Brisbane with his parents David and Donna received a work transfer.

But Slater "tries to get up here as much as possible" to spend time with his grandparents Owen and Dot Naumann and Tranquillo Asnicar and his many other relatives who still live here.

A left arm paceman Slater, who lives at Mitchelton, has bowled well in their four games so far, and they will be favourites to claim the trophy.

This is the first time the 15-year-old has represented Met North, and it is the first time he has played in his city of birth, and he will also play for Brisbane North in the state age championships the week after next.

Sporting talent runs in his blood, and he was a member of the sporting heavyweights St Joseph's First XI's in both cricket and football (soccer) this year, and his two younger brothers Cooper and Hudson are also making their marks in tennis and football respectively.

His father David, who is now CEO of TSA Software Solutions, formerly played for Queensland in soccer as it was then called, and he is still playing the game at the age of 42, while his mother Donna, a former hockey star, is still playing netball.

Slater's maternal grand-father Owen Naumann is a legend in Bundaberg in a range of sports, although he never played cricket.

"I was a Queensland sprint champion when I was 18 and a Queensland (surf life saving) beach sprint champion when I was 22, and I also played rugby league and touch," Naumann said.

"My wife Dot was also a good hockey goalie who played for Bundaberg - I am retired now but I am groundsman out at touch (association grounds at Greg Duncan Fields) and still coach touch and athletics six afternoons a week.

"I went to Darwin for the nationals with the two 12-year-old sprinters who won medals in September - Katie Ennett and Amjad Aslam.

"But we love watching Slater play - he played in the Ian Healy Development Squad a few years ago in Brisbane and I went to watch him for the five days but it's even better because he is staying with us this week."

Slater's paternal grandfather Tranquillo, who moved to Bundaberg in 1953, is still a very active and successful bocce and lawn bowls player.



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