O’Keeffe’s ton sparks win to show Hornets have much in Reserve
IPSWICH Logan Hornets' 16-year-old Daniel O'Keeffe embodies the future of the cricket club.
O'Keefe's maiden Queensland grade century (110) and 3-36 inspired the Hornets Reserves to their first win of the season, against Toombul at Amberley on Saturday.
"I couldn't really believe it myself," O'Keeffe said of reaching his ton. "Then when I was on about 80, I thought 'I can actually do this'."
The Hornets rely heavily on youth across all three grades and O'Keeffe has shown when they develop their self-belief, almost anything is possible.
After bowling Toombul out for 177 last week, the Hornets piled on 343. O'Keeffe was well supported by Justin McCarron (76) and captain Wayne Jones (44).
Even better for O'Keeffe than his century was seeing his team claim its first win of the season.
"It was unreal," the Gatton product said.
"It was the best feeling actually singing the team song. It was a real team effort to get the win."
O'Keeffe paid tribute to his skipper for helping him achieve his milestone.
"Probably batting with our captain Wayne Jones," he said of what got him to triple figures.
"He was encouraging me heaps."
It is O'Keeffe's second season in the Hornets Reserve grade side.
While he would love a call-up to the top grade in the not too distant future, his short-term goals remain focused firmly on his current team.
"The goal is to get more wins for the boys," he said. "And hopefully get more runs."
While O'Keeffe is typical of the youth policy at the Hornets, he reckons the addition of a few senior players has this year's Reserve grade side in better position than last summer.
"Darren Clark and Sean Lutter have added heaps," he said.
Fast bowler Lutter (2-35) can expect a return to the top grade soon.
If O'Keeffe continues the way he's been going, he might not be far behind.