Turich out of Gympie final
The Brothers powerhouse informed selectors yesterday that he would not be able to play in Gympie because of family commitments.
“It’s disappointing, because Peter was an important part of the team,” selector Richie Giles said yesterday.
“He hasn’t been getting a lot of runs (for Brothers) but that’s not to say he wouldn’t. He knows the game, so he probably was helpful to (captain) Jarrod (Laycock).”
Turich’s withdrawal forced selectors to reshuffle a team that was already lacking in experience.
Giles said Faulkner was the player selectors wanted to fill-in for Turich, but his availability was not confirmed yesterday.
The slightly built young batsman put in a strong performance for Bundaberg’s under-19 team last weekend, scoring 43 runs in a match-changing 158-run partnership with Stephen Nichols.
With Faulkner returning it will mean there are only two changes from the Bundaberg team that defeated Fraser Coast in Hervey Bay in December.
Experienced Country Wests duo Phil Proctor and Murray Wenzel will return to the team after both were unavailable for the Fraser Coast clash.
Their experience will be vital to the success of the young Bundaberg team.
“We’ve put in the players that we wanted to put in. We’re looking at building for the future as well,” Giles said.
Rising stars Nichols, Faulkner, Zac Keune, Braydon Graham and Chris Duff have not left their teens yet, but they have showed Bundaberg selectors they could be stars for years to come.
That group forms the core of the Bundaberg team that beat Fraser Coast’s under-19s at Salter Oval last week.
However, it will be a big step up to play against a strong Gympie team at Albert Park, with silverware on the line.
“It’s a level up. These are experienced players who are going to throw everything they’ve got at them,” Giles said.
Last time the two teams met, Bundaberg was beaten comprehensively at Salter Oval.
Despite Brendan Prossliner pulling out just hours before the match and his brother Trent succumbing to an injury early in the game, Giles said there was no excuse for that loss.
“They were too good for us on the day,” Giles said. “We’re hoping that this team goes all right and if they apply themselves there’s no reason why they shouldn’t.
“That’s been the problem in the past – our blokes haven’t applied themselves at the time.”