Change in attitude is working wonders
A CHANGE in attitude is already working wonders for young Sawtell all-rounder David Kennedy.
The 19-year-old batsman and part-time off spinner has always shown the potential to play first grade, but until this season had not acted on it.
Soccer has always been the number one sport for Kennedy, who is a talented striker with Sawtell Scorpions in the Holiday Coast Premier League competition, meaning cricket took a back seat.
"In the last few years I wasn't as committed to cricket as I should have been," Kennedy admitted.
"But I have taken it more seriously this year.
"Hopefully I can cement my spot in first grade... so far it has been great.
"I got a couple of games in first grade last season, but I didn't perform too well.
Early indications suggest he is reaping the rewards from his new-found dedication.
Kennedy played a pivotal role with bat and ball in Sawtell's first-round win over Park Beach Bowling Club Colts, taking 3-52 in 13.2 overs and scoring 32 not out at a crucial stage.
"Yeah, it's going alright, but I think I just got lucky with the wickets," he said.
"I have only ever bowled part-time and I prefer batting, but I will take any chance to have a bowl in a game."
With Sawtell boasting a number of experienced players, Kennedy is already learning plenty.
"The experienced blokes have helped a lot," he said.
"I learnt a lot from batting with Gilly (Sawtell captain Todd Gill) on the weekend, just from him talking to me at the end of every over."