Gannon continues cricket legacy
CAMERON Gannon is continuing a legacy of Ipswich cricketing excellence.
The Ipswich product and Queensland Bulls fast bowler will be guest speaker at the Ipswich Treloar Shield and McCasker Trophy presentation on February 4 at the North Ipswich Bowls Club, where he hopes to pass on a little bit of what he has learned.
Gannon's rise has astounded even himself and he provides a great example for any up-and-coming cricketer to follow.
A classy first grade club bowler for Brisbane Wests last summer, Gannon took his chance when given a shot at higher honours this season.
“I was just happy to be training in the (Queensland Academy) squad really,” the secondary education and human movement student said.
“I wanted to play well in my first game of cricket and see where that took me.”
In his first game for the academy he took a hat trick and has subsequently played in three Sheffield Shield matches for the Bulls, including their last outing against NSW at Blacktown, where he took four wickets.
“It was an absolute shock,” he said of getting called into the Bulls team.
“But you know, you have to take it in your stride and just know you've done the work.”
It was playing junior club and representative cricket for Ipswich that he developed the skills and hunger that have fuelled his success. As a Brothers junior and Ipswich Grammar student it is not surprising he has used Shane Watson as a role model.
“Treloar Shield and McCasker Trophy played a massive part in my development as a cricketer,” Gannon said.
“Growing up playing in Ipswich I got to play against a lot of very good cricketers.”
Among them are fellow Brisbane first graders such as Adam O'Sullivan, Haydn Murray and Bryce Carseldine.
It has been a big adjustment for the 22-year-old gentle giant, going from obscurity to leading the life of a professional sportsman.
“You have to be much more disciplined in everything you do,” he said.
“Not even in just a cricket sense.
“There is a whole lot of stuff away from cricket.
“You are seen as a role model and people, whether they'll admit to it or not, do look up to you.”
Not once has he seen the increased responsibility as anything other than a privilege.
“No, not at all,” he said.
“You're doing something you love every day.”
And the best bit?
“If anything it's the experience,” he said.
“Using the older, senior members to help you and picking their brains when you can.”
The likes of Lee Carseldine, James Hopes and Chris Swann have been on hand whenever Gannon has needed advice and running onto the Gabba beside them wearing his maroon cap for the first time is a memory he will never forget. He grew up idolising Curtly Ambrose and Glenn McGrath, so his bowling philosophy is no surprise.
“Just try and hit the same spot over and over again,” he said.
“Until you can't bear the thought of doing it any more.
“Then keep going.”
While his rise this summer has been meteoric, Gannon's feet remain firmly planted.
“I definitely want to get a few more games (for Queensland),” he said.
“I want to keep improving and just be better than I am now.”
The Ipswich junior cricket coaching squad at Len Johnson Oval resumes on Saturday at 8am.