Queensland Cricket will offer talented male and female cricketers even greater opportunities to achieve their sporting dreams with the confirmation of the 2018-19 Queensland Academy of Sport squads.
The male and female squads feature an array of promising young players who will have the opportunity to train alongside the Queensland Bulls and Konica Minolta Queensland Fire as well as tap into Queensland Cricket’s specialist High Performance programs.
The 2018-19 male QAS squad includes former Australian Under-19 wicket-keeper Tom Healy, who produced a stand-out effort of 124 and 58 for Norths in their Premier Cricket Final victory over Sandgate-Redcliffe last season.
Also named is former Queensland youth player Jack Clayton who returns to cricket after being a part of the Brisbane Lions Academy for the past two years, playing in the NEAFL competition leading into the 2017 draft.
Clayton, whose younger brother Max captained the Queensland Under-17 team last season, was an Australia Under-15 representative and a Queensland under-17 cricket player before opting to focus on football.
There are three wicket-keepers in the squad in Healy, Gold Coast Dolphins gloveman Lewin Maladay and Queensland Under-19 ‘keeper Isaiah Snell (Wests).
Also included is left-arm paceman Matthew Willans, who played in the CA XI at the National Under-19 titles last year.
Standing 203-cm, the University of Queensland quick is just a centimetre behind towering Queensland and Australian One Day paceman Billy Stanlake and at 17, is the youngest member of the squad.
Sandgate-Redcliffe pace bowler Brad Powell is named in the squad for the first time after making his Toyota Futures League 2nd XI debut last summer for the QAS while Sunshine Coast batsman Angus Lovell and Souths leg-spinner Harry Macoun also come into the group.
Queensland Cricket Chairman of Selectors Justin Sternes said that while there was a focus on youth for the squad, experienced Premier Cricket allrounders Andrew Gode (Valley) and Alecz Day (Sunshine Coast) would also benefit from the QAS progam.
“Alecz was a well-deserved winner of the Peter Burge Medal last season and Andrew is a proven performer with Valley,’’ he said.
“We’re pleased to offer Jack Clayton the opportunity to return to cricket. He’s an impressive athlete and we think he has some potential to work with.”
The next generation of possible Queensland Fire and Southern Stars players will also benefit from additional playing and training exposure.
State Female Talent and Pathways Manager Andy Richards said the 2018-19 Female QAS squad would provide young players with a chance to build on their experiences in Premier Cricket and the QC Player Pathway.
“Players like Chari Knott did well for Valley in the Katherine Raymont Shield last summer while Georgia Voll and Ruth Johnson made an excellent transition from Toowoomba female cricket to Second Grade with Ipswich/Logan as well as impressing in the National youth titles,’’ he said.
Gladstone’s Ruby Strange will work with QC’s Coach & Talent Development Specialist Bruce Deem and link with the squad in Brisbane during the year.
Redlands batter Kate McDonald, originally from Cloncurry, joins the squad for the first time along with the Sandgate-Redcliffe duo of Lily Mills and Caitlin Mair.
2018-19 Queensland Academy of Sport Development Squad (Male)
Jack Clayton (University of Queensland)
Tom Healy (Northern Suburbs)
Angus Lovell (Sunshine Coast)
Harry Macoun (South Brisbane)
Lewin Maladay (Gold Coast)
Brad Powell (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Isaiah Snell (Western Suburbs)
Matthew Willans (University of Queensland)
2018-19 Queensland Academy of Sport Development Squad (Female)
Kate McDonald (Redlands)
Georgia Voll (Toowoomba/Ipswich/Logan)
Charli Knott (Valley)
Ruby Strange (Gladstone)
Carly Fuller (Wests)
Lilly Mills (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Caitlin Mair (Sandgate-Redcliffe)