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ATC Sport | Meet our Coaches Part 2 – Cricket

Welcome to Part 2 of the Meet our Coaches blog series. This week we introduce two members of our cricket coaching team, who are hoping for a stellar season in 2022, Mr Steve McGiffin and Mr Jack Clayton.

Steve McGiffin

Steve McGiffin showing his skill with the bat.

Mr McGiffin has been involved with ATC cricket for 3 years now, primarily with the 1st XI side and the development squad. An avid cricketer since the age of 8, Steve has had a decorated career, including playing QLD Bulls 2nd Xl and touring England and Sri Lanka. Currently, Mr McGiffin is one of the leading players with both bat and ball in the QLD Cricket First Grade Competition.

He is a senior leader for Western Suburbs District Cricket Club in their 1st grade side where he has been coached by Peter Steindl (Head Cricket Coach for Scotland) and John Buchanan (Cricket Australia head coach 1999-2007). Mr McGiffin said he has learnt a lot from these two international coaching gurus and plans to pass on their knowledge to the students here at ATC.

Jack Clayton

Jack Clayton hits out for University of Queensland.

Another member of our cricket coaching team is former Nudgee Junior College student, Mr Jack Clayton. Mr Clayton runs his own cricket coaching business, PJ Performance, and has been a great addition to the cricket coaching staff. He is currently contracted with the QLD Bulls, is a top order batter for the UQ Cricket Club First Grade side and has just scored 102 not out for the QLD 2nd XI down in Adelaide. Previously, he has been assistant coach of the 1st XI at BBC and had other coaching roles at UQ. Jack has been coaching at our Thursday morning skills sessions for the Senior School cricketers and runs the Years 6 to 9 batting session on a Friday morning.

Both coaches are excited by the opportunities for our players in the season ahead, which includes a heavy pre-season in January as well as being a part of the AIC Cricket draw in Term 1. Term 4 saw the beginning of cricket training, with the goal of refining the boys’ skills in preparation for taking on some of Brisbane’s best cricketers. Our ATC cricketers have access to coaches who have international experience with some having played first class cricket for Queensland. In 2022, our cricketers will continue to develop their skills and passion for the sport as they build on the success from the previous seasons.

As Mr McGiffin said: “As last year’s seniors have moved on, it provides an opportunity for the new generation of leaders to step up and build on the success of their previous teammates. We are always looking forward to the start of our next season and continue to challenge ourselves against some very strong opposition over the holidays and into the season”.

Mr Clayton followed up by saying: “It has been so good to come back and re-connect with the cricketers after not that long ago training here as a student myself. I have constantly heard amazing things about the positive culture that is being developed in sport at ATC and it is great to see and feel that at each of the sessions I have been involved with. From a playing side of things, the future certainly looks very bright with the tremendous amount of talent that is being showcased at training”.

Jack Clayton celebrates a century.

A massive thank you to Mr McGiffin and Mr Clayton, and all ATC Cricket staff for their dedication and excitement in the build up to the 2022 Cricket season.

ATC Sport Department