By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WHAT has already been a busy spring period for Coffs Hotel Tigers leg-spinner Hugh Campbell is about to get worse this weekend as he prepares for his stint as a North Coast cricketer.
The 18 year-old will be in Gosford this morning as he and his North Coast teammates start their three day carnival against the traditionally strong Central North team at Erina Oval.
When play does commence, Campbell will be pinching himself as he still finds it hard to believe that he's been selected.
"I was definitely surprised when I was told that I was in the team as it was something that I just didn't expect," he admitted before heading south.
"I'm not sure what it was that I did to get noticed but I'll take it."
Campbell's life has been one thing after another of late starting with being the five-eighth as part of the all conquering Coffs Rugby's first grade premiership team.
On Wednesday, the Bishop Druitt student finished his final HSC exam and when he's not playing both club and representative cricket, he's working towards his upcoming rugby trials with the Australian under 19s.
The young man certainly has his hands full and Campbell's the first to admit that he isn't looking for anything extra.
"I'm not looking to get selected in the Country team or anything while I'm down there.
"At the moment I've just been concentrating on finishing HSC and looking towards the rugby trials."
Fellow Coffs Hotel Tiger Daryl Parmenter has been named as the captain of the North Coast squad after returning to the area earlier in the year with many seasons of first grade experience at Randwick/Petersham under his belt.
"It was a bit of buzz being named captain," Parmenter admitted.
"I'm looking forward to another challenge."
As captain, Parmenter won't have any troubles with needing to rely on the kindness of strangers as Campbell isn't the only familiar face that the captain will have around him.
The largest contingent of Coffs Harbour cricketers in many years has been selected for the North Coast team as Sawtell's Todd Gill, Bellingen-Dorrigo's Jordan Moran and Diggers' Troy Herbert are other players from the local Association to be selected.
Herbert has been called in as a late replacement for his fellow Diggers opening bowler Brad Guthrie who is currently struggling with a hand ailment.
"It's a pat on the back for the competition that so many players from this area have been selected for the team," Parmenter added with pride.
"It's good for Coffs Harbour cricket to get that amount of players in the team."