Look out world here come the Maroons
PREPARING for his third World Cup, Pat Boyle savoured the pride of Queensland's powerful indoor cricket teams at the recent Australian Masters Championships.
"I think it's just the culture. It's always strong," Boyle said of Queensland indoor cricket.
"People talk about State of Origin and the passion for the Maroon jersey. The indoor cricketers have the same passion.
"When you pull on one of those Maroon shirts, you grow an extra arm and a leg. It's just amazing."
Boyle was named player of the final for the Queensland 40's team which beat Western Australia 111-43 to secure the title in Perth.
"I've never been one for stats but I got a text message from back here in Brisbane saying that I took six for minus 19 when I was bowling and hit 28 runs off my own bat," he said.
"My partner and I hit 42."
Boyle was the only Ipswich player from the 40's side to gain selection for the next Masters World Cup in South Africa.
He'll be joined by other regional players, including Donna Dalby and Dulane Carson (over 30 women), Brendan Kleidon (over 30 men), and over 35 duo Grant Suthers and Glynn Knox.
Kevin Ala-Outinen, from the Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre, is coach of the national over-30 team.
The Queenslanders continued their impressive performance across the grades at the nationals.
Dalby and Carson helped Queensland win their age division, suffering just one loss on their way to beating NSW 168-159 in the final.
Dalby was named Australian captain.
Carson's effort was particularly courageous as she cut her hand in a training mishap and needed six stitches to continue keeping.
Kleidon was part of the state over-30 team that finished third.
Suthers and Knox shared in Queensland's over-35 success. Queensland beat NSW 124-86 in the final.
Queensland's over-45 side finished second to NSW.
For Flinders View-based Boyle, winning another title at his sixth national championships was a confidence boost for his third world championships in October.
He shared in Australia's 2008 (New Zealand) and 2010 (Gold Coast) successes. The last Aussie team he played in set a series of records for their unbeaten achievement.
Boyle, 40, was impressed with the 2013 nationals staged at the multi-use Bouncer Sports Centre at Joondalup in Western Australia.
"It was a fantastic tournament," Boyle said.
"The venue was state of the art. It didn't just incorporate cricket, it incorporated soccer, basketball, netball, the whole thing."
The Queensland over-40s had just one loss - to ACT on their way to reaching and winning the final.
"There is nothing better than playing when the national anthem is on," the patriotic sportsman said.
"Before the final, the national anthem was on. It sets an atmosphere for the remainder of the day for me."
Boyle is also general manager of the Western Pride Football Club which is making impressive progress in the inaugural National Premier League.