New sporting complex a huge honour for our sporting great
HE WAS one of the country's best fast bowlers, and now his name will forever be cemented in Queensland cricket history.
Long-time South Burnett resident and former Australian and Queensland paceman Carl Rackemann was honoured at the unveiling of the new indoor cricket nets at The Gabba earlier this month.
The Carl Rackemann Indoor Cricket Centre is a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to the game he loves.
Rackemann said he was still coming to terms with such prestigious recognition.
"It's a bit of a hard to put into words,” he said.
"It is pretty remarkable stuff.”
But the humble Rackemann believed the accolade was one for all players to cherish.
"It's difficult when you play a team game,” he said.
"My first instincts are always about the team.”
At the official opening on October 8, Rackemann, who played a starring role in Queensland's first Sheffield Shield victory in 1995, was joined by all the current Queensland players.
"It was just before the first Shield game,” Rackemann said.
"The whole Bulls side were all there.”
The refurbishment of the Gabba nets was made possible thanks to a $250,000 investment from Stadiums Queensland, and the development was undertaken by Gabba Sporting Products.
The indoor centre, which is adjacent to The Gabba dressing rooms, will be used by players for training during wet weather and to warm up before big games.
Rackemann said it was special to be remembered in such a fashion.
"I was a guy that came down from the bush to play club cricket in Brisbane,” he said.
"It might be my name on the wall, but a little bit represents every guy that ever come down from the bush.”
The former fast bowler encouraged all young cricketers to make the most of their opportunities.
"Have a go,” he said.
"You don't know if you don't try.
"You have got to be prepared to put in a lot of hard work.”
As a country kid, Rackemann believed travelling for games only made for stronger players.
"There is lots of travel,” he said.
"The move to Brisbane is a big deal because they don't want to fail.
"They give it their best shot.”