THREE CHEERS FOR ANDY: Andy Bichel and the children gather after the clinic for a group photo.
THREE CHEERS FOR ANDY: Andy Bichel and the children gather after the clinic for a group photo. Matthew Holdsworth

Old dog, new tricks

ANDY Bichel still feels a buzz from showing the ropes to young cricketers and said it was almost a sense of duty to give back to the communities.

At Emerald's Marist College last week, Bichel put on a clinic for about 20 youngsters hell bent on showing off their batting and bowling potential.

Born in Laidley, Bichel said these types of clinics were something he missed out on as a kid and that it was a privilege to come back to towns like Emerald.

"These clinics are just great, you see yourself as a bit of a role model for these kids so it's great to give back," Bichel said.

"I sort of missed out on that as a kid, so I have the privilege to come back and I get a real buzz out of it.

"I have had some wonderful coaches and learnt so much along the way so you feel robbed if you don't pass those little tricks on and it's amazing some those simple things can really help someone."

Bichel's vast knowledge was evident in the tips he passed on to the children, with the simple skills he showed them paying off immediately.

Small tips like keeping balance, watching the ball and not cocking your wrist when bowling were a few of the various things in his coaching manual.

"I hope and think that maybe one of these kids might go on and play sport at a high level," he said.

"Experiences like today just maybe one or two of the words I said might inspire them to get through that tough time.

"You just never know."


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