Australian and Queensland cricketer Geoff Dymock signs Conor McMahon’s hat during the coaching clinic in Hervey Bay.
Australian and Queensland cricketer Geoff Dymock signs Conor McMahon’s hat during the coaching clinic in Hervey Bay. Alistair Brightman

Test bowler is appealing

GEOFF Dymock made the journey from playing cricket in Maryborough to playing for Australia.

Now the former left-arm fast bowler is doing his bit to try and help Fraser Coast youngsters follow in his footsteps.

Brisbane-based Dymock, who was born and raised in the Heritage City, is going to start hosting regular coaching clinics here, the first of which was in Hervey Bay on Monday.

Nineteen cricketers aged between nine and 15 had a master class with Dymock, a player who wore the famous baggy green in 21 Tests between 1974 and 1980.

He took 78 Test scalps at 27.12 with a career best seven for 67.

Now 64, Dymock said he and some of his former Australian team-mates were going try their best to give country kids a chance to shine.

They have formed a group called Cricket Old Greats Australia, a coaching organisation that will visit regional centres throughout the state.

Former stars including Doug Walters and Craig McDermott have already worked alongside Dymock.

Dymock said country coaching camps such as the one in Hervey Bay, helped him start out on the road to the top of the game.

“Someone came to Maryborough when I was 16 and that’s where I learnt to bowl,” said Dymock, who also played 15 one-day Internationals and took 15 wickets.

“I made the most of that chance so I think it’s important to give the kids nowadays an opportunity.

“If we can do something to help a few kids then that would be great.”

But did Dymock see any talented players during his time in the Bay?

“I was impressed with what I saw,” he said.

“There are some good kids here – most country kids have their own natural talent and the talent here is good.”



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