DEVELOPING TALENT: South East Queensland Stormers cricket coach Craig Jesberg.
DEVELOPING TALENT: South East Queensland Stormers cricket coach Craig Jesberg. Rob Williams

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Cricket: Craig Jesberg hopes the cricketers under his tutelage can one day follow his lead and give back to the game they love when the time comes.

The Laidley and SEQ Stormers coach seems to add more to his coaching plate each year, but he would not have it any other way.

"It was at a stage a few years ago where nobody was doing it (coaching representative cricket),” he said. "Now between myself, Scott Barrett and now Paul Milne taking the 16s, people are genuinely interested in looking after the game.

"It's busy. There's a lot to do with selection and trials and all that. But you do it because you love it. Every sport is the same.

"You need to have a passion for something, this is mine.”

Jesberg recently coached the SEQ Stormers Masters side in Mackay, and at the weekend took charge of the under 21s.

"It's good to go away and be a part of it, as I was a part of it,” he said. "I was doing the same thing at 19s for SEQ.

"The T20 Masters is a great experience; the culture of it, the people you meet along the way and how they look after you.

"It's great to be around, and I hope in the future the people involved now are the ones to take over in 10 years time.”

Having taken a step back from the Bluedogs in recent seasons with a greater focus on SEQ representative cricket, Jesberg's heart still remains in Laidley.

"A lot of the times I'm not there because I'm doing other things with the club juniors and such,” Jesberg said of his coaching commitments with the First Grade side.

"I've been doing that for a few years now, but it's not a big thing. The experience is there with Welshy (skipper Alex Welsh) and Chris (Wilson). The boys know what they're doing.”

He has taken great pride in watching the development of young talent rise through the ranks - particularly this season, headlined by the emergence of Noah Emmerson and Tom Sippel in the First Grade side

"We have got some really good young kids coming through now. It's a good blend of youth and experience,” he said.

"Tom's dad wanted him at the Bluedogs to play Second Grade with him. (Tom) is just a genuine cricketer - it's unbelievable the leg-spin he's bowling at 14. It will be scary what he can do when he gets older and stronger.

"We have a lot of young kids - 15 and 16 - who in five years, probably less will slowly push the older guys out and start taking over.

"It's a lot of hard work, but the fruit will be picking soon for the future.”

SEQ v Gold Coast u21 cricket match played at Ivor Marsden Oval on Saturday. SEQ captain.
SEQ under-21 captain Lachlan Vellacott directs his players during the weekend O'Dea Shield series in Ipswich. Rob Williams

Over the weekend, the SEQ under-21s lost to Gold Coast and eventual O'Dea Shield tournament winners Wide Bay in their T20 matches before going down in Sunday's one-day encounter against the Darling Downs.

However, Jesberg said the players gained more valuable experience led by Centrals first grader Lachlan Vellacott, who captained the side.

After only scoring 90 against Gold Coast, SEQ improved to make 4/150 chasing 190 against the powerful Wide Bay combination.

Selectors will now finalise a Schaeffer Shield side heading to Buderim next month.