Cops counting on Cook to help bag big Aussie Day win
PACEMAN Joe Cook is tipped to be the star player for Hugh's XI in the Condamine Sports Club Australia Day Cricket Carnival this weekend.
Hugh's XI play annually in the carnival in memory of the late Hugh Fulton, a popular police officer at the Warwick station for many years.
Team organiser Glen Roche said 18 of the 19 players in the team were police officers.
"We have police officers coming from Dalby, Roma, Brisbane and Maryborough to play in the Warwick police team," Roche said.
Mick Hauff's brother Joe from Brisbane is the civilian member of the team.
"Joe Cook is a fast bowler who will be playing in his second carnival," Roche said.
"He is pacey for our team and bowls with a bit of outswing. He is a better batsman than Glenn McGrath."
Team-mate Russell Joyce has bad news for Cook.
"We will field him at mid-wicket so he can use his pace to cover from mid-on to fine leg."
Roche said Colin Harvey was pretty handy with the bat.
"If he can score a few runs, we mightn't come last this year," he said.
"We haven't won many in recent times."
Cameron Slater will play one game but is a cricket fanatic who loves to score.
"He won't get RSI from writing our runs down," Roche said.
"We field a team in the carnival to remember Hugh and bring current and former Warwick police together for a good social weekend."
Shane Reid is playing in his sixth or seventh carnival and hopes to bat at number 5 and bowl a few medium pacers.
"Our first four games are at Allora where I haven't played before," Reid said.
Hugh's XI have been drawn to play Max's XI on Saturday morning and Dalrymple Dongers in the middle game on day 1.
On Sunday, they play Doc'x XI and Scots PGC Past Students.