New-look Lacey in for long haul
IT MIGHT be going a bit far to say Jarred Lacey is a new man, but not by much.
Lacey has changed cricket clubs in the off-season, lost 12kg and he and partner Tenielle are expecting their first child in March.
Nothing will change a man's outlook like the impending arrival of a bub dependent on him.
"It gave me a bit of a kick up the bum," Lacey said.
"Life's changed a bit but I couldn't be happier."
Lacey, a salesman for K2 Tech Solutions at their Mount Gravatt warehouse, said the decision to shed some weight was as much about his performances on the rugby field as cricket.
But the Ipswich Rangers five-eighth has found it has helped his batting and fielding as well.
"It's helping big time," he said.
"I'm able to stay around the crease a bit longer and concentrate a lot more in the field.
"Last year I made about six 40s then that was the end of me."
Lacey started this season with 74 against Central Districts and contributed 30 opening the batting in the Tigers' massive run chase to beat Eastern Taipans last weekend.
He believes the confidence gained from the 332 they amassed will lift the team, starting with today's one-day clash against Laidley at Keith Sternberg Oval.
Competition heavyweights Laidley are an entirely different prospect to Taipans but Lacey is looking forward to the challenge.
"It doesn't matter how good you look on paper," he said.
"You've still got to go out and play.
"I've always loved playing Laidley.
"I'm pumped to get out there and score some runs and hopefully get some wickets."
It wasn't only the run chase that taught Northsiders a thing or two about themselves against Taipans.
Lacey hopes they have learnt their lesson from a poor display in the field that enabled Taipans to pass 300.
A repeat against Laidley would be fatal.
"We only played half a game really," Lacey said.
"We gave away 40-odd sundries, which was irritating. So we have to knuckle down in the field and show more discipline."
With the new-look Lacey setting the example, it shouldn't be too hard.
The former Brothers and Swifts all-rounder is enjoying his new home at the Tigers, unburdened by the captaincy he held at Swifts.
"It's a bit of a sea change," he said of the move across town.
"I'm really enjoying the fact I don't have to worry about team selections and all that.
"I can just work on my game."