ON THE PITCH: Arden Lankowski and Scott Armstrong are participating in the O’Dea Shield in Dalby this weekend.
ON THE PITCH: Arden Lankowski and Scott Armstrong are participating in the O’Dea Shield in Dalby this weekend. Mike Knott BUNCRK

Self-belief is key to victory for Wide Bay Under-19s

WIDE Bay under-19's manager Gary Holloway says he has every faith in his team ahead of the O'Dea Shield in Dalby.

Four Bundaberg players have been selected for the squad with Scott Armstrong (Country Wests), Arden Lankowski (ATW), Jake Healy (ATW) and Dean Crebs (Brothers) all pushing for selection in the South Queensland Country side.

"The South Queensland Country side will take on a North Queensland Country side in a few weeks," he said.

After clinching the two-day competition last year, Holloway said the team is ready to emulate last season's success.

"The under-17s played last week and we had two Bundaberg boys picked for the South Queensland side," he said.

"I have every faith in the Wide Bay boys going further and getting a few boys picked for the South Queensland side."

Holloway said captain Alex Beatty would lead by example.

"He is probably the form player in the side," he said.

Meanwhile, in today's Sugar Cities Challenge matches an under strength Brothers play ATW and Country Wests take on Norths.

After notching up a convincing win against Norths last week, Brother's captain David Boge said it would be difficult to get back to back wins, with seven players out.

"Six are out through prior commitments," he said.

"Jarrod Laycock is out with an injury.

"But we will still have a competitive line-up and it gives some young guys in the lower grades an opportunity."

Country Wests club president John Lowe said his team was full of confidence after its win against Bushrangers last weekend.

"Our top order is batting well and our bowlers are starting to hit the right line and length regularly."



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