A STRONG start to the season has seen Lismore product Jack Cooper make a name for himself at the Sandgate-Redcliffe Gators cricket club.
Cooper, 20, played for the Gold Coast Dolphins for five seasons and has just joined the Gators in the Brisbane first grade competition.
In the second round of the 50-over competition he scored 134 runs from opening bat with an innings which included 13 fours and six sixes.
He also faced some of the best bowlers in the competition including Australian test player Marnus Labuschagne, all-rounder James Bazley and Redlands captain Simon Milenko.
Coincidently, he brought up the century off the bowling of Milenko - both grew up playing at Lismore and are juniors from the Clunes cricket club.
Jack grew up at Corndale and is the younger brother of Ben and Tom Cooper, who have both played at a higher level.
Tom made his first class debut with South Australia in 2008.
He has made 6533 first-class runs at 34.93 (5389 in the Sheffield Shield) and 5505 in one-day cricket.
Tom is gearing up for his second season of BBL with the Brisbane Heat.
"He's a really good game manager, especially batting, and has the ability to either get his team away to a flyer at the top in the Power Plays or be innovative in the middle overs and close out an innings,'' coach Darren Lehmann said.
"He's a handy bowling option too and always brings a lot of calmness and insight when he is in the field.
"I know from past encounters that he enjoys playing at the Gabba, and his family are always keen to catch up with him when he is here."
There is a Far North Coast flavour at the Heat with Cudgen's Max Bryant playing with Tom Cooper and Milenko in recent years.