When four and six equals five
BIG BASH star Nathan Reardon headlines a star-studded Ipswich Grammar School Old Boys line-up set to take it to the current crop of First XI cricketers in Monday's charity match at Brassall.
For every boundary hit over the course of play, $5 will be donated to the McGrath Foundation - a charity set up to support those afflicted by breast cancer in the name of Jane McGrath, the late wife of former Australian cricketer Glenn.
Reardon joins the likes of Ipswich/Logan Hornets stars and IGS alumni Harry and Jack Wood, Adam Smith and Bryn Llewellyn in an Old Boys team stacked with First Grade talent.
"I rang Reardo and it was a conversation for about a minute - not even that long - it wasn't hard to convince him to get involved,” IGS sport & extra curricular coordinator Andrew Catton said.
"Woodsy (Harry Wood) has done an incredible job in terms of organising the Old Boys team. He's put the whole team together basically, he has a lot more contacts in terms of Old Boys than I do. He's done a really good job.”
Bulls players Lachlan Pfeffer and Cameron Gannon were unfortunate late withdrawals from the Old Boys after their call-up to the Futures League. But there is still plenty of fire power to get people to Brassall for the event on the Australia Day public holiday.
"We'd like to see a big crowd out there. We've promoted it pretty hard from our end,” Catton said.
"Getting to see players like Reardo, Woodsy and the boys back out there will be a good thing for anyone interested in cricket I think. It's a pretty handy side on paper full of blokes that have played a lot of First Grade.
"The connection with the Old Boys is very important for the school. We want to build those relationships even more, and the fraternity have been very supportive of the day.
"They're good role models for our boys to be around, and all going well hopefully there will be plenty of boundaries hit.”
Catton added the match would serve as a good test for the First XI as their final pre-season hitout before the GPS season begins.
"They're very committed and the spirit amongst the group is great. Hopefully they come our hard against the Old Boys and can give them a good run,” he said.
Incoming Year 12 student Sean Seaward is hoping for an injury-free season with the First XI, after struggling to stay fit the past two years.
"I only played one game in grade 10 before I got injured. I played half of the season last year and got injured again, so this year hopefully there's no injuries,” the opening bowler said.
Sean is excited at the prospect of testing himself against some quality First Grade cricketers in the Old Boys line-up.
"It'll be a big challenge especially considering there's some pro players in there,” he said.
"We've showed some good signs (in pre-season), and I think once we get the team picked and training together we can do really well this season.
"If we can do well against the Old Boys it will be a big boost going into the season.”
Hornets opener Llewellyn is not long removed from IGS, where he graduated in 2017.
He still has a hand in coaching the First XI, but is keen to see how the team fairs under match conditions.
"It will be a good opportunity to see how they. Working in the nets you can only see so much,” he said.
Llewellyn added his time at IGS helped shape what is a promising First Grade career.
"The school did a lot for me, so it's good to give back to where it all began for me with Andrew Moore and now Andrew Catton and Michael Abbott,” he said.
Where: IGS sports fields, Pearce Dr, Brassall
When: Monday January 28, 2pm start
Thank you to the below business for supporting the McGrath Foundation through the IGS First XI v Old Boys match:
Greg Chappell Cricket Centre
Lindsay Trigar Physiotherapy
Centenary Glass and Mirrors
Bust Up Game Fishing & Apparel
Ipswich Grammar School Old Boys Association
Blue Dog Sports