167 reasons why Ipswich batsman is good enough for State
THE disappointment of missing out on Queensland under-17 selection was all the motivation Brent Potbury needed.
While fellow Ipswich Grammar schoolmates Jack Wood and Carlin Anderson were chosen in the team to contest the national carnival at Hobart next month, Potbury missed out.
That was despite run-a-ball scores of 30 and 35 not out in two Twenty 20 matches at the Queensland under-17 championships.
There were players picked ahead of him who hadn't batted as well.
The advantage they had was experience in the Brisbane Premier grade competition, but that might not be the case for long.
"It's always disappointing not to get picked," the 2010-11 Ipswich junior cricketer of the year said. "But it just made me stronger really."
Potbury's response was to smash 167 not out for Ipswich Logan against Souths in second grade at the weekend.
He was 118 not out at stumps on Saturday and resumed on Sunday determined to build on his already impressive performance.
"I was thinking that I had done really well," said the 17-year-old from Pine Mountain. "But also that it would be good to go on.
"I told myself to just keep concentrating and I'd get to the 150 mark. I always had that mental note that I'd made 100 the day before.
"It gave me a lot more confidence."
Potbury shared in a 169-run stand with fellow Ipswich product Mitchell Weatherhead.
Only recently Weatherhead, who captains the side, had mentioned Potbury as one player he had been impressed with.
Potbury had yet to record a 50 for the new club at that point but it proved his skipper knew what he was talking about.
"We helped each other through," Potbury said of the big partnership. "Every now and then we'd have a brain explosion so we would settle each other down."
Ipswich Logan almost missed out on the services of Potbury, who had intended to join Brisbane Wests this season. Wests boast a number of Ipswich players on their books, including Potbury's former school and Laidley club teammate Ryan Tazelaar.
But it was the influence of IGS cricket co-ordinator Aaron Moore that convinced him to join the Hornets.
"I was going to go to Wests," Potbury said.
"I played (Lord) Taverners there.
"But Moorey (who coaches the Ipswich Logan Plunkett Cup team) wanted me to go to play with the Hornets and he's done a lot for my cricket."
Now under the guidance of head coach Brad Wigney and batting mentor Graeme Hick, he is happy with the choice he made.
Don't be surprised if Potbury is elevated to first grade this weekend.
- Favourite cricketer: Shane Watson
- Biggest influences:
- Dad and Aaron Moore
- Best advice: 'If it's not in your zone, leave it. If it is, smash it' - from Ipswich Logan head coach Brad Wigney
- Person I'd most like to be stuck in an elevator with: My girlfriend Emma Johnson
- Favourite movie: Quantum of Solace