Ian Healy took time out to chat with junior Murgon and Kingaroy cricketers on Saturday.
Ian Healy took time out to chat with junior Murgon and Kingaroy cricketers on Saturday. Callum Dick

Healy impressed by talent in South Burnett

Australian cricketing great Ian Healy stopped by the Murgon District Cricket Club on Saturday to film a segment on regional cricketing centres.

Healy, who was born in Brisbane but grew up in Biloela, said the purpose of the road trip was to highlight the grass roots stories of cricket clubs like Murgon, who seemingly against the odds were still going strong.

"The way the community pull together through cricket without a president, without a secretary but seem to get things done for the good of the kids - we're just out here to recognise that,” Healy said.

With the likes of Matthew Hayden and, more recently, Holly Ferling making a name for themselves on the national and international stage, Healy said the talent in the South Burnett would always be given a chance to shine through the representative pathways open to juniors.

"The pathway and the system is very good for country kids to represent their region, to play against other regions and compare themselves,” Healy said.

"The talented kids get identified very well, and that's why they're in those pathways quite quickly.

"The likes of Holly (Ferling) and Matty (Hayden) and Courtney and Jared (Sippel) are very successful because the system supports them well.”

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