IGS developing six of the best

HIT PARADE: Ipswich Grammar School students Kye O’Sullivan, Jackson McQuilty, Matt Atkins, Vishan Illankoon, Harry Wood and Brodie Nickson will line up for Met West at next month’s state titles.
HIT PARADE: Ipswich Grammar School students Kye O’Sullivan, Jackson McQuilty, Matt Atkins, Vishan Illankoon, Harry Wood and Brodie Nickson will line up for Met West at next month’s state titles. Sarah Harvey

SHANE Watson, Craig McDermott, Cameron Gannon and Nathan Reardon are former Ipswich Grammar cricketers to establish first-class careers.

The school's next generation is looking to follow suit.

Ipswich Grammar students fill half of the 12 positions in the Met West 14-and-under cricket team for the state championships at Southport.

The large representative numbers back up the strength of Aaron Moore's cricket program that also saw five Grammar boys share in the spoils of the Open grade state title last month.

Harry Wood, Brodie Nickson, Kye O'Sullivan, Jackson McQuilty, Vishan Illankoon and Matt Atkins will head to the Gold Coast on December 2 and plan to emulate the feats of their senior school mates.

"We're hoping to go pretty well and make the top three this year," all-rounder Jackson McQuilty said.

"We have a pretty strong team and a lot of the boys can both bat and bowl.

"Most of the boys from school here are all-rounders so we hope to have a real impact."

McQuilty said the key to performing well at representative level was to treat it like any other game. However, he admitted having so many school mates in the team made that mindset easier to come by.

"You just have to play your natural game and don't put any extra pressure on yourself," he said. "If you can do that then the results will come."

Ipswich Grammar Cricket co-ordinator Moore said it was a credit to the work ethic of the boys to have such a large percentage of the 14-and-under squad.

"Met West is probably the biggest population area of all the teams so the boys have done well," Moore said.

"This is a good step for all the boys towards higher honours.

"They'll select a Queensland team from this tournament so it's another opportunity for these boys to perform on a representative stage."

Topics:  ipswich grammar, ipswich junior sport



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