CRICKET: Junior cricket in the region has elevated into a promising position, with selectors spoilt for choice when it comes to representative competitions.
Not only are numbers good, but the quality is on the rise too according to Sunshine Coast U12 coach Darrel Forrest.
Forrest recently returned from Rockhampton where his talented Coast team claimed a state title after remaining undefeated through a week of fixtures.
The U13s placed second, U14s came fifth and the U15s finished fifth too.
He said playing at the state carnival had been a "big transition” for the kids, shifting from small synthetic club pitches to playing on full turf wickets.
The U12s success comes on the back of solid numbers at trials.
"We've got an incredible base of cricketers on the Sunshine Coast and we had about 70 kids to choose from (for the U12s side) which is pretty unbelievable,” he said.
It's something he hopes will continue, with plenty of work behind the scenes ensuring a bright future for junior cricket in the region.
"There's been a few people who have done a fair bit of work trying to connect with the younger kids and trying to get them involved,” he said.
"And there's been some format changes which makes it a bit more attractive for kids to play cricket at a younger age.
In particular, Forrest believed Peter Procopis' efforts developing young talent had made a big difference.
"Given all the extra sports that are competing for kids these days we are incredibly surprised and really happy with the quality as well,” he said.
Kyle Young received the award for most wickets in the U12 tournament after bagging 14, and Alexander Procopis was awarded the tournament's champion player.