VALUABLE LESSON: Ipswich Logan player Mitchell Weatherhead enjoys a break during the match against Wests at Graceville Memorial Park.
VALUABLE LESSON: Ipswich Logan player Mitchell Weatherhead enjoys a break during the match against Wests at Graceville Memorial Park. David Nielsen

Weatherhead man for all seasons at Hornets

WHEN Mitchell Weatherhead left Ipswich Brothers for Valleys in the Brisbane grade competition two years ago, he made himself a vow.

That he would return should Ipswich enter a team in the competition.

True to his word, the Karalee-based engineer now captains the Ipswich Logan Hornets second grade team.

"It's a good club," Weatherhead said.

"I'm enjoying it but it's always difficult to start at a new club."

He began the season in first grade but could not post the runs needed to remain there.

"I put extra added pressure on myself," he said.

"Not having stepped up there before, I thought I had to be a different cricketer."

It is not a mistake he will make twice should he get a second crack at the top grade, confident he has learned a valuable lesson.

"It's a big learning curve," he said.

"I've spoken to a few others and it's a matter of patience, confidence and believing I can do it.

"The difference (from lower grades) is you don't have any weak bowlers.

"You've just got to be more patient."

In the meantime, Weatherhead is relishing his leadership role in second grade.

"I'm enjoying the challenge," he said.

"At 24 I'm the second oldest in the team, so it's a bit different from at Brothers."

If there is one teammate he has been impressed with at the Hornets, it is 16-year-old Brent Potbury.

"I don't think he had any expectations of playing grade cricket," Weatherhead said.

"But he's made runs in second grade and if you score in seconds, I think they're pretty keen to pick you in firsts."

Making runs in seconds is now Weatherhead's primary aim as well.

He hasn't been contacted about a return to the Ipswich Pioneers team he has previously represented before joining Valleys, but is happy to remain out of coach Craig Jesberg's calculations for now.

Weatherhead sees the Pioneers as the domain of players coming through the Ipswich Logan Premier League.

But once he finishes with Ipswich Logan, however far off that may be, he is determined to return to Brothers and will put his hand up to represent the Pioneers again.



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