Cricket school the place to be for budding young players

TGS director of cricket Nathan Stains gives Josh Eiser some bat pointers with at back (left to right) Baxter Farquharson, Max Mason, Fraser Stewart, Tyler Gilmore and Thomas Pearce looking on.
TGS director of cricket Nathan Stains gives Josh Eiser some bat pointers with at back (left to right) Baxter Farquharson, Max Mason, Fraser Stewart, Tyler Gilmore and Thomas Pearce looking on. Kevin Farmer

MORE than 100 boys have taken their next step up the cricketing ladder at this year's annual Toowoomba Grammar School cricket coaching camp.

The four-day camp, catering for 10-13 year-olds, wound up today when the participants ranging from beginners to state representatives put their latest cricket knowledge into match practise.

Budding players from Sydney to the Whitsunday Islands and country Queensland attended with 35 of the visiting boys living in the school boarding house.

Sixteen coaches including state primary school selector Mark Ryle, Darling Downs primary school coaches Chris Tait and Matt Russell and Queensland Cricket representatives Brody Grogan and Bruce Deem helped tutor the boys.

English visitor, and Level 3 coach Aaron Watson, also attended.

TGS director of cricket Nathan Stains said the camp provided the youngsters with first-class training facilities and tuition along with some new friendships.

"The main focus is on the boys getting lots of development skills on synthetic and turf net wickets," Stains said.

"They also get to face a bowling machine while we do some technical analysis of players with the aid of I-Pads."

Stains said current coaching techniques also focus on biorhythms as a means of trying to eliminate preventable injuries.

"It's a great reward for the coaches when they see the amount of improvement in the boys as the camp progresses," Stains said.

Topics:  cricket grammar school

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