Bubbly quick Junior's guest
By TIM HOWARD
NSW left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger must be hoping his visit to Grafton this afternoon puts him on the same track as his NSW teammate and Test debutant Stuart Clark.
This time last year Clark was guest of honour at the Clarence River Cricket Association juniors presentation only weeks after NSW won the Pura Cup.
Bollinger would be only too aware of how his NSW Blues teammate's career has blossomed since then.
Clark was a shadow selection for the Australian team in England for the Ashes, made the one-day team during the Australian summer and capped his stellar year with a match-winning Test debut against South Africa last month.
Bollinger has another reason to look favourably on the Clarence Valley.
Last season he took a controversial hat-trick in an ING Cup match against South Australia when former Clarence umpire Darren Goodger upheld an LBW appeal to give him his third wicket.
CRCA Juniors president Steve Whitton said Clark's presence had inspired a highly successful presentation in 2005 and he was confident of a repeat this time.
"We had around 200 people last year and it was a really great day," Whitton said.
"People were able to sit around, with a sausage sanger and have a chat with him (Clark). It worked out really well."
Whitton said CricketNSW North Coast development officer Brett Rankin would have a Powerpoint presentation on Doug Bollinger's career.
The junior's presentation will be held from 5pm today in the South Grafton High School auditorium and is open to the public as well as CRCA juniors.