Grammar boy in class of his own
HE IS the quiet kid in the sheds, but once the gloves are on, young Noah Emmerson does all the talking.
After excelling at district and state level cricket, the Ipswich Grammar student was chosen to represent Queensland at the Under 12 Schoolboys cricket carnival in Canberra last week.
Joining the very best of Australian junior cricketers, Noah shone as he and his Queensland teammates dominated the competition.
Unbeaten for the entire tournament, the Queensland schoolboys defeated New South Wales in the grand final to be crowned the overall winners.
With 173 runs to his name and an average of 43.75, Noah achieved the highest overall average of the tournament despite having one less bat than any other player in the top 20, falling just 14 runs behind the highest run scorer overall.
As director of Cricket at Ipswich Grammar, Andrew Catton wasn't surprised to see young Emmerson pick up the Queensland Players' Player and Most Valuable Player awards for the carnival.
"We knew as soon as we first saw him play that he was going to be a talented cricketer so it's great to see him doing so well,” Catton said. "Noah had a good year with us in Grade 7 and went on to districts where he got selected for the state team. I went along to the state titles and was hopeful he would make the side.
"To see him do so well at the national stage, he's done extremely well and every here at Ipswich Grammar are really proud of him. I'm sure this will only put the fire in the belly for him.”
A second-generation Grammar student, Noah has even started playing senior cricket with the Laidley cricket club.
Despite his shy demeanour, the 12-year-old has shown he has the qualities to become a big hitter in his senior years.
"He just gets stuck in and does the extra work,” Catton said. "He just wants to hit as many balls, as many times as he can. My shoulder is still sore from bowling to him.
"We're lucky that we have a couple of good leaders in Noah's age group here at the school, but he has definitely proven himself to be one of those. He's usually a very quiet, humble and modest young lad which are all good qualities to have as a leader.”
Undefeated at the national level, Noah will a force to be reckoned with at all levels in 2017.