Leg-spinner Carey gets his turn in Whitney Cup

Adrian Carey does what he does best with the ball for Rugby against Newtown. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN
Adrian Carey does what he does best with the ball for Rugby against Newtown. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

HE IS a man of many talents and Rugby's newest leg-spin bowler has decided to call Dubbo home after moving to the city from Bathurst.

Adrian Carey, a 23-year-old physiotherapist at Precision Health Care, has only recently started playing Whitney Cup first grade with Rugby and his form so far has been nothing short of excellent.

Before Christmas he played both second and third grade for Rugby before being asked to play first grade, and he has loved every minute of it.

Carey, who studied at university in Albury, is no stranger to a Rugby cricket club. While living in Albury, he played for the Rugby Union Cricket Club and because of this he made Dubbo's own Rugby side as his club of choice.

After impressing the first grade side with his bowling abilities in the lower grades, Carey got his call-up when cricket resumed in the new year.

"I only just moved to Dubbo from Bathurst and I have to say that I love the place and the people," Carey said.

"I grew up as a leg-spinner and have always liked it so I was happy to bring what I've learnt over the years to Dubbo.

"I like to focus on that type of bowling because it's one of my greatest skills as a cricketer."

Carey's debut in first grade was against RSL-Colts in the first game of 2013, getting through eight overs and he finished with figures of 3-43.

Last weekend he took 3-59 from eight overs after conceding 19 in his first two overs.

The bonus was that Rugby, the defending premiers, won both games and have now built up a strong lead in the race for the minor premiership

Carey explained he found playing first grade in Dubbo "really good," and noted the batting was different to what he had previously been exposed to.

"The batsmen are quite good in Dubbo. I've noticed the boys here like to get in each other's ears and generally get on quite well," he said.

"I guess being part of a close-knit team makes it a bit different. A highlight for me would be getting to know the guys in the team better... they're a great bunch.

"Rugby have had two big wins this side of Christmas which was impressive."

The newcomer said he didn't know of Rugby's success before moving to Dubbo but had a friend from the area that gave him a run-down of all the teams.

It was a given, he said, that Rugby was his Dubbo team of choice and he was happy to be part of their success during the current season.

Another strength of the Rugby club for Carey was that they took such good care of the younger players who are just starting out.

"I definitely want to play more first grade cricket in Dubbo.

"The team is going all right and all the right guns are firing," he said.

And there's more to Carey than just cricket. He's going to make his rugby union debut with the Dubbo Kangaroos in 2013 as a hooker.


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