Sovereign Animals century maker Greg Louis and son Bilyan at the reserve-grade grand final.
Sovereign Animals century maker Greg Louis and son Bilyan at the reserve-grade grand final.

Animals star hitter from The Alice

GREG Louis and his young family relocated from Alice Springs to Warwick late last year, and from a sporting perspective he couldn’t be happier with the move.

Louis scored 127 in a Sovereign Animals score of 225 to play the major role in securing a premiership win for Sovereign Animals in the reserve-grade grand final at Queen’s Park on Saturday.

If ever a man was needed to step up in a crisis it was Louis, who strode to the wicket with his side 4-27 after batting first.

Louis struck 12 fours and six sixes as he scored 127 of the 195 runs hit while he was at the wicket.

“We moved to Warwick because my wife Samara is from here and we have a small child, Bilyan, who is now five-and-a-half months old,” Louis said. “I love it in Warwick; this town is a smaller version of Alice Springs, a small compact town. In some towns, there are large gaps between the areas of population.

“The Sovereign Animals players are a great bunch of guys,” Louis said.

A hard-hitting batsman and medium-pace bowler, Louis played A-grade cricket in Alice Springs where he had best returns of 46 with the bat and 5-18 off eight overs with the ball.

On Saturday he played in the grand final against the Criterion CSD team and is hoping to link with many of the same players as Criterion captain Shane Hooper hopes to organise a team to play in the Imparja Cup in Alice Springs in February next year.

With the Warwick cricket season over until October, Louis plans to play some AFL with the Redbacks in the Darling Downs competition.

He is keen to play another season with Sovereign Animals but said it was all dependant on him obtaining work in Warwick.

“I worked in labouring and gardening at Alice Springs and want a similar job here; I will do anything to get a job.”



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