CRICKET: It is regarded as one of Queensland school cricket’s most prestigious competitions, and TGS is out to shock the best of the big city.
Toowoomba Grammar begins it’s GPS campaign today when it hosts St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace at Mills Oval today.
The school has had a long and proud history of success in the competition, claiming 12 titles since it began a century ago, with the last coming in 2005.
This year the school will field another squad buoyed by young players coming through the system, and coach Steve Fryer believes a year under their belts has helped them adjust to the rigours of the nine-week competition.
“We have about seven players backing up from last year, which puts them in good stead,” Fryer said.
“Five of those seven will be backing up next year for a third season. It’s still quite a young team.
“They are a fantastic group of players and have really developed as a team. They’re not a team of superstars, but a good, solid cricket team in which everyone contributes.
“I’m hoping travel under the radar a little bit this year, and give a few people scares.
“Last year the young players were a bit nervous. They were coming up against players two or three years older than them.
“This time around they are bigger, stronger and wiser, and I hope that their skills can shine.”
The squad will again be led by Matthew Watson, and Fryer believes
“He’s a pretty level-headed kid and a good gloveman,” he said.
“His predominant skills with bat and gloves are strong, and more importantly he has a good character.
“He has a good rapport with his players and is highly respected amongst his peers.”
Proceedings get underway today when TGS takes on Gregory Terrace, who Fryer rates as the team to beat this season.
“Terrace is going to be the one of the harder games of the year,” he said.
“They have an abundance of Queensland U17s and national players, and on paper they are the strongest team by a long way. There are about seven or eight high performance players in their squad.
“Taking them on in round one is an advantage. They have to come to us and they don’t like travelling.
“The opening round is a good chance to play the top team, where the boys can rip in and have a really good go at them, and we’ll see if we’re good enough on the day.”
TOOWOOMBA GRAMMAR SCHOOL SQUAD
Matthew Watson (captain), Jacob Gross, Elijah McRae, Dan Brown, Ben Potter, Harry Weir, Mitchell Doolan, Harrison Spanner, Morgan Galvin, Callum Murray, Will Purcell, Jack Thompson
Round 1 (today): vs St Jospeph’s Gregory Terrace
Round 2: Bye
Round 3 (16 Feb): vs Ipswich Grammar School
Round 4 (23 Feb): at The Southport School
Round 5 (2 Mar): vs St Joseph’s Nudgee
Round 6 (9 Mar): at Brisbane State High School
Round 7 (16 Mar): at Brisbane Boys College
Round 8 (23 Mar): vs Anglican Church Grammar School
Round 9 (30 Mar): at Brisbane Grammar School