Young cricketers (back, from left) Pat Gribbin, Jordan Siebenhausen, Mark Steketee, Carter Bilbrough and Matt Elford at a training session with coach Peter Kimmince.
Young cricketers (back, from left) Pat Gribbin, Jordan Siebenhausen, Mark Steketee, Carter Bilbrough and Matt Elford at a training session with coach Peter Kimmince. Gerard Walsh

The kingmaker

MARYVALE paceman Mark Steketee won't forget about a coach in Warwick when he debuts for the Australian under-19 team next month in Townsville.

When five young representative players were asked this week about the contribution of coach Peter Kimmince to their success, Steketee was quick to respond.

"We wouldn't be the quality players we might be if it wasn't for Kimmo," Steketee said.

"Kimmo always has a simple message, he doesn't over coach."

The five have been under Kimmince for most of the past six years.

He coaches each Monday and Friday at the Slade Park nets.

Steketee, Matt Elford and Pat Gribbin reckon they are bowling all rounders, Jordan Siebenhausen is a batting all rounder and Carter Bilbrough an all-rounder in the true sense of the word.

Elford said while Kimmince was more of a bowling coach, he definitely knew his batting.

"He coaches us to do the little things right," Elford said.

Gribbin remembers being told by his coach "not to over think".

Bilbrough said if you kept trying to do what was coached, you eventually perfected it.

For Siebenhausen, it is a case of the coach pushing players hard to get results.

The five spoke of Kimmince putting obstructions on the crease to make bowlers follow through properly in their bowling strides.

"We all enjoy training," Steketee said.

Kimmince used to play A-grade cricket in Warwick and Toowoomba where his best match figure was 11-110 in two innings.

He is adamant each player must be taught all aspects of the game, including fielding. His squad includes players from the U12 age group and older.

"I enjoy it all and stay until everyone goes home," he said.


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