Confident Bluebirds face Centrals test
JARRED Lacey is used to having to build up the confidence of his raw Swifts teammates.
Fortunately the squad is full of predominantly young and subsequently resilient cricketers.
So Lacey has no concerns they can pick themselves up to challenge Central Districts at Mark Marsh Oval today, following a below par effort last Ipswich Logan Premier League start against Eastern Taipans.
"We're looking pretty good," captain Lacey said.
"The boys are not quietly confident, but they're confident of doing a better job than our last performance.
"We played like busteds the whole two days."
There were excuses.
"We were sent in on a damp pitch," he said.
"If we'd won the toss, it might have been different."
But the concern for Lacey is that his players weren't able to put it out of their minds and get on with the job.
"A lot of blokes got psyched out," Lacey said.
"They had balls popping up at their necks on a good length and thought the only way to score runs was to smash it to the boundaries.
"Then when we bowled we didn't apply ourselves.
"When you're bowled out for 109, you're pretty down on yourself.
"It's all about confidence."
But with young players, a new game means a fresh dose of confidence, taking the positives and forgetting the lows.
"Young blokes can bounce back," Lacey said.
"They don't dwell on it much.
"Look at Mitch Wood.
"He's coping and doing well.
"He batted at four against Taipans and made 40-odd. In the second innings, he got out cheaply.
"But in the nets the last couple of times since, he's looked so confident."
Lacey himself is doing his bit to keep up the confidence of his teammates and is confident he has the measure of Centrals' South Queensland representatives.
"I know how to bowl to Benny (O'Connell)," he said.
"I had him plum on five last time but they didn't give him out.
"We know the areas we've got to bowl. It's just about executing.
"With Rhys (O'Sullivan), you just have to play straight."