Rising teenager Swift revelation
AMID the gloomy reading the Swifts Division One scorecards regularly reveal, there is at least one bright spot.
At just 17, Steven Homburg is proving he is capable of ignoring the results and making the most of what he's got.
His 3-48 opening the bowling against Central Districts last weekend followed 3-23 against Northsiders.
While he would be classed medium-paced now, his club captain Jarred Lacey reckons when he develops physically, he'll be more than a handful for most batsmen.
"He's been doing really well for a 17-year-old," Lacey said.
"I can't wait for him to get some muscle.
"Once he does, he'll be killing people soon."
With former St Edmund's College schoolmate Cameron Wood taking the new ball from the other end, Homburg does not lack confidence.
"Me and Woodsy have been working hard to get the boys going," the Deebing Heights teen said.
"It's good. We've been playing together since we were six."
It is Homburg's second season in the top grade and he has learnt his lessons quickly.
"I've got a bit more knowledge," he said.
"I've learnt that if you don't put the ball in the right areas, you just get smashed.
"Also about not giving up."
Homburg proves that, despite their lack of success results-wise, Swifts' young players don't lack commitment to the cause.
Both he and wicketkeeper Jay Evans, another Eddies school mate, are off to schoolies at the Gold Coast next week, but will return in time for day two of their match against Eastern Taipans at Baxter Oval.
"He's got a real determination to do well," Lacey said.
"He always wants to bowl, keeps running around in the field and is always talking.
"When needed, he can hit the ball pretty far too. Give him five years and he could end up in the middle order."
It is something Homburg aspires to.
"At the moment it's a bit off and on," the apprentice carpenter said of his batting.
"But when I put my head down, I don't hold back."
Swifts have struggled since their unexpected elevation to the top grade two years ago but if anything can withstand regular beatings, it is the optimism of youth.
Homburg is determined to be there when the wheel inevitably turns for the Bluebirds.
"It is tough," Homburg said.
"But you've got to pick up the positives and work on it.
"We'll get there.
"I know we will be there (competing for finals one day)."
Lacey is hoping for a much-improved effort this weekend against Taipans, following Swifts' outright defeat by more than an innings to Centrals last weekend.
"They outplayed us in every facet," he said.
"But I'm looking forward to this weekend. We've got a decent side, trained well and can only go up."
The return of former captain Jacob Sarra is a boost.