Hulk's XI captain George McVeigh in a carnival final.
Hulk's XI captain George McVeigh in a carnival final. Gerard Walsh

George out to motivate team but don't ask about technique

GEORGE McVeigh has coached rugby league for more than 15 seasons down the years but right now all his sporting energy is geared towards the Condamine Sports Club Warwick Australia Day Cricket Carnival.

While none of the 30 cricket teams have official coaches, team organisers are closest to a coach.

McVeigh has organised Hulk's XI for more than a decade after earlier organising teams under the banners of Sluggers XI and Universal.

Hulk's XI play in memory of past cricketers and good blokes, the late Mick "Hulk” Ryan and his brother Tony Ryan.

Like every good coach, McVeigh enjoys a win or two and Hulk's XI have one win from three grand finals.

McVeigh talks about his philosophy on cricket coaching:

The aim is for everyone to have a good time, enjoy the carnival.

If you are enjoying it, you perform.

We have a talk before each game about tactics.

You have to talk tactics.

If we are bowling to Maryvale left hander Michael Bourke, we bowl straight at the stumps.

He likes a bit of width and if he gets width he will carve you up.

My job is to motivate and encourage, we don't talk batting or bowling techniques.