Young, up-and-coming cricketer and Two Wells resident, Kyle Giniotis, will soon be wearing the coveted green and gold colours after he was recently selected in the Australian Under 16 team to tour Sri Lanka in May.
Fifteen-year-old Kyle has been playing cricket since he was eight years old, starting out as a junior with the Two Wells Cricket Club, and was quickly identified as a talent to watch.
At nine his dad, Michael, installed nets and a pitching machine in their backyard to help Kyle progress, and the Year 10 Xavier College student has certainly made some progress.
“They had a lot of success as a junior team at Two Wells,” Mick said.
“When he first started playing with the older kids, he was the first one to hit a six.
“He’s now renowned for hitting fours and sixes.”
A keen and clever batsman, Kyle is also a strong leg spin bowler.
He spends hours each week practicing in his backyard cricket ground and also trains up to three times a week with his club and the SA team.
Mick said he was once told by a coach is takes 10 years or 10,000 hours of practice to know how good you are, and that’s even before a cricketer makes it to the top!
Kyle now plays for the Northern Jets Cricket Club as an opening batsman in the men’s C Grade division – quite an achievement for a fifteen-year-old.
The Northern Jets have a reputation for producing quality cricketers, with the likes of South Aussie and now Australian players, Ryan Harris and Mark Cosgrove, both starting their careers there.
“That exposed him to some of the state coaches,” Mick explained.
“Last year he was chosen as a 14-year-old in the Under 15 state team that travelled to Perth.
“This year they made him captain of the SA state Under 15 team, which went to Canberra in February for the national competition.”
Previously Kyle was also a member of the Under 12 South Australian state team.
Kyle has been playing for the Northern Jets since he was 12-years-old and with him each step of the way has been proud parents Mick and Julie.
Mick was himself a cricketer at Two Wells, and now spends hours ferrying Kyle to practice sessions, weekend cricket matches or loading balls into the pitching machine at home.
“It’s a me and him thing,” Mick grins.
“That’s what we do together.
“And whatever happens, he’s worked hard to reach his goals.”
Kyle has also played football for Two Wells but it’s the cricket pitch not the footy field that has captured his heart.
He was named the South Australian Cricket Associations Under 14 total aggregated highest run scorer for the 2012/13 season.
Of the 1050 runs Kyle made, he hit an impressive 100 fours and 40 sixes!
Kyle himself is a lad of few words, but with a grin he does finally quip, “It’s easier to hit the ball to the fence than to run.”
Just keep on doing that Kyle, maybe one day we’ll be seeing you on our TV screens doing exactly that! Best of luck in Sri Lanka.