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Former Australian and Queensland cricketer Andy Bichel, warmly welcomed to School, tells
Rachael McDonald he is more than happy to give back to a sport which gave him so much.
Andy Bichel knows it is the little things
in life that can make a difference.
The Cricket great was guest speaker
at the Term 2 RGS Cricket Club
Presentation Dinner in the Spaceframe.
After, he told his captive audience
that there is a big world out there.
“If you come from the country then you
can make it – you just have to make the
most of your opportunities,’’ Bichel said.
Raised in Laidley, situated in
the Lockyer Valley of South East
Queensland, the right- arm fast-
medium bowler played 186 first class
matches for state and countr y taking
769 wickets and scoring 5860 runs.
After retiring from the playing
arena Bichel became a National
selector and assistant coach to
Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata
Knight Riders in the Indian Premier
League. He is now is the Queensland
Bulls Assistant Coach – Pathways.
Bichel has played with the world’s
best and coached some of the world’s
best, including West Indian Chris Gale
and India’s Sourav Ganguly. He loves
getting back to gra ssroots cricket and
making every effort he can to make
his visit a memorable experience.
Bichel shook hands, made sure he
found out all the players’ names and
even gave the students the opportunity
to try on his Australian baggy green cap.
“I like to take an interest in
each individual and show them
that I care,’’ Bichel said.
“I want to make sure the kids get
something from this old guy on You Tube
who played a few years ago,’’ Bichel said.
“I want to be a role model for them
and paint the right picture.
“A role model is someone who’s
been there and it’s the impression you
make on the future of the game.
“I want these kids to play cricket for a
long time. If they make it to the top great.
“There’s no easy road. It takes
hard work and sacrifices.
“ You have to be disciplined with
it, and that includes whether it’s
doing the washing up and doing
your home work. It’s a good time
to practice all these things now.
“I think some of the mums in the
crowd appreciated those thoughts.
“It’s the simple tasks they face every
day that they need to stick at.
“ You’ll get setbacks and it’s how
you learn to deal with that.”
Bichel said children need resilience.
“How do you coach it and teach
it? It’s a tough one,’’ Bichel said.
“Society hits such high standards.
“ You have to talk about it. Instead of
being reserved and not communicating
w ith each other we need to improve
our group development and share
information, expectations and feelings.”
RGS Cricket Captain Logan Whitfield
(Year 12) said it was a great opportunity
not only to meet someone who has played
at such a high level of cricket and to hear
the many memories he was willing to
share with the Grammar cricketers.
“He also spoke very well to us all about
the hard work and dedication that was
involved in being a country cricketer
and moving into the city in order to
help achieve his success,’’ Logan said.
Logan also welcomed an opportunity
to tr y on Bichel’s Australian
“ baggy green” cricket cap.
“Feeling the cap and trying it on
was a privilege,’’ Logan said.
RGS Director of Co- Curricular Mr
Todd Wells said hav ing a former great
of Queensland and Australian cricket
at The Rockhampton Grammar School
provided lifelong memories for all
RGS cricketers and their families.
“Andy’s message was down to earth
and he connected with all players
during the evening,’’ Mr Wells said.
To maximise the benefit of Bichel’s
visit he also conducted a Fast Bowling
clinic for all Rockhampton cricket
coaches and a select group of the
regions aspiring fast bowlers.
“T he benefit of his visit influenced all
RGS Cricketers, local coaches and the
region’s best fast bowlers,’’ Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said this experience wa s a
direct outcome from the partnership
between Queensland Cricket and
The Rockhampton Grammar School,
providing benefits to both the School
and our region’s cricketers.
Bichel rated fellow Queenslander
Matthew Hayden as the best cricketer
he ever played with because of his
presence at the wicket and the fact that he
intimidated the best bowlers in the world.
Brian Lara was the best player
Bichel ever played against, but he
also captured his wicket the most
in Test matches, seven times.
Bichel bowls over fans
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