First grade match between Ipswich Logan Hornets Vs South Brisbane at Baxter Oval. Hornets player Nick De Giusti.
First grade match between Ipswich Logan Hornets Vs South Brisbane at Baxter Oval. Hornets player Nick De Giusti. David Nielsen

Hornets All-rounder goes back-to-back

NICHOLAS De Giusti "wasn't really expecting" a second-consecutive yellow jacket as the Ipswich/Logan Hornets' club champion for the 2017-18 season.

"We don't play cricket for the individual trophies, but to be recognised as the best player at the club is a good achievement," De Giusti said after Saturday night's award ceremony.

"I love playing for the Hornets and it's great to be honoured with the yellow jacket."

"I thought Dan Wilson would have won it, he scored a lot of runs especially early in the year," De Giusti said after Saturday night's award ceremony.

"The way the points system works, it benefits someone who bats and bowls I suppose."

Whilst opener Wilson did it all with the bat, it was De Giusti's work with the ball and timeliness of impact on innings which swayed the vote in his favour.

The all-rounder claimed the most wickets (20) of any Hornets over the season, even though he missed multiple matches through injury.

"Obviously I bowled quite well through the first half of the season, but I thought my batting was scratch all year," De Giusti said.

"It was just one of those years I think. I wasn't batting well and I found ways to get out through the early part of the year.

"Toward the end I found a little bit of form. It was good to get a lot of overs under the belt, and do the job the team needed me to do for probably 80% of the year."

De Giusti said "it was frustrating" having to watch from the sidelines, as he missed key matches between rounds 11 and 16. That, coupled with an unusually wet Queensland summer, made the Hornets' 2017-18 campaign a challenging one.

"You can't really blame the rain, as it was the same for every team," De Giusti said, referencing the Hornets narrowly missing on a maiden finals berth.

"It was frustrating because we know how good we can be and didn't perform in some key games. We all acknowledged that and know where we went wrong."

With the 2017-18 season now in the books, De Giusti said the first grade side was looking forward to summer and a chance at redemption under new club coach Aaron Moore.

"(Former club coach Geoff Paulsen) started the club culture, he got it up and running and all four grades and the girls now compete every week," De Giusti said. "He was a really good player who knew what it was like to be in winning teams.

"He has left Moorey with a pretty big job to follow, but I'm sure he'll do a great job. Everyone is excited to have Moorey on board and what he brings to the table. It's a bit of a fresh start for everyone."

Stats that matter

Matches: 17

Runs: 360 (Av. 24)

High score: 71 (v Western Suburbs, Rd 21)

Wickets: 31 (Econ. 3.36)

Best: 5/84 (v South Brisbane, Rd 7)



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