Wood, Fellows get U17 call
SOME of Ipswich's finest young cricketers will go head-to-head from Monday, yet they will all be representing Queensland.
Laidley's Jack Wood and former Central Districts all-rounder Sam Fellows have been selected in the Queensland under-17 squad to contest the national titles in Hobart next month.
As a warm-up they will take on the Queensland Country under-19 team at Nudgee College, for whom Central Districts' Luke Barrett has been picked.
All high-class performers, Wood's is the most surprising selection.
The leg-spinner is still eligible for under-15s.
Yet such is his mastery of the toughest skill in cricket - leg-spin bowling - he has the backing of selectors to do the job against boys two years older.
"It's going to be a challenge but I'm looking forward to it," the Ipswich Grammar School year 10 student said.
Wood is a regular in the Laidley Division One team in the Ipswich grade competition and credits much of his development to the exposure he has had against adults.
It doesn't hurt having an uncle who doubles as the Queensland bowling coach.
Wood had the privilege of playing alongside uncle Ashley Noffke and family friend Andy Bichel during a cameo for the Blue Dogs earlier this month.
"Dad (Laidley club president Peter Wood) and Aaron Moore (Ipswich Grammar School cricket coach) have been a big influence," Wood said. "And Uncle Ash. He's helped me a lot, with my batting as well."
It is for his bowling however, that Wood has been picked in the Queensland under-17s.
While his repertoire contains more than his stock ball and wrong un, those are the deliveries he'll stick to in Hobart.