Tommy Raudonikis, Shane Webcke and Andy Bichel at Ipswich.
Tommy Raudonikis, Shane Webcke and Andy Bichel at Ipswich. Contributed

Andy Bichel bowls into town

19 TESTS for Australia, 67 one-dayers and 136 wickets for his country, former test cricketer Andy Bichel knows a thing or two about his craft.

The fast bowler will be running a coaching clinic for kids this Friday at the Marist State High School between 2pm and 3.30pm before being the guest of honour alongside Shane Webcke at the Sportsman's Dinner later that night.

The dinner and event are aimed at raising money for two outstanding charities in desperate need of support, the Western Queensland Drought Appeal and the Spina Bifia Association.

Queensland Reds have also offered two of their development officers to run a rugby union coaching clinic at the Emerald State High School at the same time.

Event organiser and SportsPower owner Neale Parry encourages people to come down to the coaching clinics, naming it possibly a once in a life time opportunity.

Andy Bichel to deliver balls and words of wisdom.
Andy Bichel to deliver balls and words of wisdom. Derek Barry

"And if they get the chance to come along on Friday night and hear them talk, they won't be disappointed.

"Both Andy and Shane are from the bush so they have a real understanding of what these farmers are going through, and I think it is one of the main reasons why they are on board.

"We have two great causes, two great guys and a fabulous night coming up and two training sessions for the kids, it's a great little package."

SportsPower Manager Matt Peters added that the clinic will run for under-12 kids and 13-18 years.

Bichel will rotate between the groups, spending equal time with each, offering his expect advice to all.

"The kids all seem super excited by it, they can't wait to get the chance to train with Andy Bichel on their own," Peters said.

"Everyone is really looking forward to both the clinic and the dinner, I think it will be a great day.

"It's not often we get Andy Bichel and Shane Webcke in Emerald."

After the Sportsman's Dinner and speeches wrap up, an auction will begin, with a generous collection of items up for bidding.

SportsPower has kindly donated a number of items for the auction including a signed Matthew Hayden cricket bat, a signed team of the century rugby league jersey, a Mark Coombes' tied test match painting, signed by the legendary late Ritchie Benaud and Wes Hall and a trip for six days and five nights to Daydream Island.

There is also an Australian rugby union jersey, signed by the team and a two night stay at the View Motel, a boutique motel in Brisbane.

There will be on the door prizes and balloons containing prizes throughout the evening. 


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