LAURIE Wagner first played cricket for Tannymorel at the age of 14.
He played three seasons before linking with a club in Brisbane where he was working.
Wagner continued to play Warehouse cricket in Brisbane before returning to Warwick as a 24-year-old.
He returned to Tannymorel for a few years and later formed his own club, which now plays under the Sovereign Animals banner.
While no team in the Warwick senior cricket competition has an official coach, Wagner is keen to help young players out.
“It is all about having fun and team spirit. I want to encourage the players to improve,” he said.
“It has been great to work with three of our young guns Cahal Davis, Caleb King and Mitch Hay who are improving each game.”
“We train on Thursday afternoons at Slade Park and do some fielding drills on a Thursday afternoon and before we go on the field at the weekend I like a 15-20 minute warm-up before a game to get our hand/eye co-ordination working.”
While he is now 55, Wagner hasn’t thought about retirement and has played alongside sons Matthew, Robert and Joey. He is now waiting for his youngest son, Mark, to be old enough to play with him for the Animals.