Prodigious Mowbray talent Spencer Hayes has followed in the footsteps of former leader John LeFevre in being named Cricket North's player of the week for round six.
Hayes' second first-grade half-century of 58 off 74 balls and 3-22 off four overs was enough to secure the award this time around with 2020-21 Hadspen recruit LeFevre by making 101 against Riverside last season.
"Obviously it's a good award to get and get off to a strong start to the season," Hayes said.
"I felt like I was hitting the ball alright, seeing the ball alright - it's just good to get out there I suppose."
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Now 17 years of age, Hayes made his A-grade debut for the Eagles alongside older brother Cooper back in 2017 where he made a duck and bowled two overs for 11.
Since then he has made 331 runs and taken 21 wickets in 24 matches with a gradual increase each season, earning selection for the Greater Northern Raiders and state under-age sides in the process.
The boilermaker-welder, who attended St Patrick's College, was also one of Launceston's most impressive players in their under-18 STJFL premiership victory over Clarence but says that cricket comes first.
"I was able to get to most trainings [during pre-season] after footy which was a little bit of a pain but not the worst," he said.
Mowbray coach James Storay has seen Hayes' journey from a promising junior cricketer to a genuine first-grade threat and is pleased to call him an Eagle.
"It's very pleasing to see Spencer among the runs and taking wickets," he said.
"He is a key cog to our rebuild, a hard worker and I feel he is taking the next step in his career as a senior cricketer."