Cavs will miss Sam

By ADAM HICKS

CASINO Cavaliers will play the last two rounds of Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket without star batsman Sam Irvine.

After representing the Bush Blues at this year’s Australian Country Cricket Championship, Irvine moved to the Gold Coast to study education at Griffith University.

The plan was to live up there through the week and travel back to spearhead the Cavs’ finals charge on weekends.

But a new job coaching at an elite private school means Irvine will be unavailable on Saturdays.

“It all happened pretty quickly. I couldn’t even give much notice to the boys,” Irvine said.

“I was in limbo a little up here.

“I was supposed to get some work at a gym, but then the fella stayed on so I didn’t have any income coming in.

“I’ve been relying on the missus the past couple of weeks.”

Veteran Mick Wood will replace Irvine in the clash with Cudgen at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, today.

Captain Mal Hancock said Irvine would be missed. “It’s a slight drawback,” he said sarcastically.

“It’s not the right time of the season to be losing him. I hope it doesn’t affect morale too much.”

Despite the late withdrawal, Hancock said the team was happy for Irvine.

“We’re thrilled for him. It’s a great job to get,” Hancock said. “He’ll be playing up there next year and now he has a job doing something he loves.”

Irvine’s new job sees him at the helm of a Year 5 team at The Southport School (TSS), one of the most expensive private schools in Queensland with a strong rugby union tradition.

“They want to be the best cricket school in Queensland, so if I can go well there’s an opportunity to work my way up,” he said.

“They have 28 teams in the school.

“They train four times a week and once a month they get in a high-profile team to run skills sessions.

“This week it was the Geelong AFL side. I went in yesterday to help out with supervision.”

“But I’ll be looking after a team now and part of that is being coach and manager on Saturday. If we make the finals, I’ll hopefully be able come back and play late on Saturday and then Sunday.”

The first day of Southern Districts’ match against Alstonville has been cancelled because Nesbitt Park is closed.

It will now be played as a one-dayer next Saturday.



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