Carter making most of rare top tier journey with dad
Not only is Carter Simpson playing top tier cricket as a 15-year-old but in a particularly rare feat, he gets to do so alongside his father.
The Caboolture teenager earned a call up into the Snakes Division 1 side early in the season at just 14 for a raft of Twenty20 clashes and has since managed to hold onto his spot to contest one-day and two-day battles.
In a special and rare feat his father Clayton, a former first division stalwart, returned to the top tier in late November following injuries to Glen Batticciotto and Jayden Coffin.
There’s only been seven other father/son combinations in Division 1 on the Sunshine Coast in the past 34 years, from 1986-87 when the Division system started.
Simpson was ecstatic to have the chance to hit the pitch with his father as he tries to solidify his role with the Snakes’ best.
“We’re pretty lucky and it’s good to take the opportunity,” he said.
“It’s probably not going to happen again so I’m not taking it for granted and just having fun with him.”
Simpson said he’d savoured handy tips and advice his father was able to share through first-hand experience.
They’ve played a pair of two-dayers and the one-day grand final together so far.
“He tells me what he’s been through and what experiences he’s had,” he said.
“Someone that has been there and done that and learning off them (makes) it a bit easier.”
While he’s played fourth and second division alongside Carter and his other son Jackson, Clayton, 43, had savoured getting the opportunity to do it against the Coast’s best in Division 1.
“It’s unreal to be playing A-grade on the Coast with my 15-year-old boy,” he said.
“I’m quite proud.
“I played A-grade a few years ago and he and Jackson both tagged along (to watch) but fast track four years and he’s playing A-grade so it’s happened pretty quickly.”
He’d enjoyed being able to share his personal knowledge of the game with his son.
“There’s still a couple people who I played against that he’s playing against now like Jeremy Schultz, the Bradys and Troy Ashton at Gympie.
“I tell him what I encountered when I played against those teams and give a few helpful hints.”
There’s plenty of banter between the pair, but it’s usually off field with Clayton wary of distracting his son.
Father/son combinations since 1986-87
1992-93 Maroochydore – Phil Martyn and sons Troy, Grant
1992-93 Caloundra – Ken McLean and son Scott
1994-95 Maroochydore – Jeff Wilson and son Steve
1994-95 Caloundra – Scott Sommerville and son Jason
1998-00 Glasshouse – Brian Schultz and son Jeremy
2001-04 Glasshouse – Mike Delforno and sons Matt, Anthony
2012-15 Glasshouse – Keith Owen and sons Hayden, Joel
2020 – Caboolture – Clayton Simpson and son Carter