Gympie cricket's heavy hitter
CRICKET: Gympie cricketer Nick Laffey is set to become the first local cricketer to play in a Lord Taverners grand final, when his Toombul team take on the University of Queensland on December 10 in Brisbane.
The Lord Taverners competition is Queensland's most prestigious junior grade competition and features some of the country's best up and coming talents.
The St Patrick's College student has overcome the challenge of balancing school and travel to be recognised as one Toombul's best.
He has starred with the bat this season, and pulled his north Brisbane-based side out of several run chasing predicaments.
It is Laffey's second year in the Brisbane cricket scene.
After playing for Toombul as a 14-year-old last season, he said the adjustment to the standard of play was easier in 2017.
"It has been a little bit easier because I have gotten used to the level of competition a bit more and I have been able to build on what I did last year,” Laffey said.
"I have been going pretty well this year so far.”
Laffey's commitment to his craft is nothing short of impressive.
Every fortnight he travels to Brisbane three times, twice for games on a Sunday and every second Thursday for training.
While his Lord Taverners commitments have taken away his ability to play for the Gympie Gold XI, he is still in touch with the local competition and pads up for Harlequins every Saturday.
For him, cricket season is a balancing act.
"It has been pretty full on with school work but I have balanced that pretty well this year I think.
"It is a bit hard,” he said.
Laffey will push for a first grade spot with Toombul in the coming seasons.