October 2, 2002

Hopes to lead QAS in opener

Allrounder James Hopes will captain the Queensland Academy of Sport team in its opening ACB Cup 2nd XI match next week in a team abounding with XXXX Queensland Bulls squad teammates.

Hopes is one of eight Bulls contracted players in the 12-man team that will take on Victoria in the four-day 2nd XI match at Allan Border Field from Monday.

Hopes, who played the final three matches of the Bulls ING Cup campaign with a stress fracture in his foot last season, is joined in the team by batsmen Jerry Cassell, Daniel Payne and Clinton Perren, wicket-keeper Chris Hartley, pace bowlers Damien MacKenzie and Scott Brant and left-arm spinner Matthew Anderson. All bar Hartley have first class experience.

The rest of the team is made up of QAS squad players Chris Simpson, a Bulls rookie contracted player in 2002-03, Duncan Betts, Matthew Petrie and Scott O'Leary, a Bulls squad member last season.

The Bulls and QAS squads are presently on South Stradbroke Island enduring a "Survivor-style" training camp that continues until tomorrow.

Queensland Academy of Sport v Victorian 2nd XI, Monday Oct 7-10: James Hopes (c), Jerry Cassell, Duncan Betts, Daniel Payne, Clinton Perren, Chris Simpson, Chris Hartley, Damien MacKenzie, Scott O'Leary, Matthew Anderson, Scott Brant, Matthew Petrie (all 12 to play).