Aaron Hardie will captain with confidence at U17s cricket championships


WHEN Willetton teen Aaron Hardie (16) steps out on to the cricket pitch in Queensland next week it will be with the confidence of a seasoned player.

Prepping for the National under 17 Championships, the towering Aquinas all-rounder will lead the side as captain.

He said his love of the game and can-do attitude earned him the title.

“I just enjoy playing cricket and I think that I am a natural leader,” he said.

“I’m excited to go away; it will be a good way to spend my school holidays.”

No stranger to national competition, Aaron started his career as a 10-year-old playing district cricket.

The championships in Brisbane start on September 28 and will be a chance for Aaron to make up for last year’s fifth-place finish.

He said he was confident in his and the side’s abilities.

“I train three to four times a week,” he said.

“Hopefully it means I can bat three or four and bowl a few overs too.”

The ultimate honour for Aaron would be playing for Australia, and preparations to get there are under way.

“I want to be professional, get a contract for WA then play for Australia,” he said.