CRAFTING A CAREER IN CRICKET
Rod Grey, the founder of Cooper Cricket finds himself in a career that has been 30+ years in the making.
Rod fell in love with cricket when he was a boy, growing up in Townsville. He tried his hand at indoor cricket initially, then moved to Norths Cricket Club in Townsville where he played at junior, senior and representative levels.
In addition to playing, he has volunteered countless hours off the wicket too, serving as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Coach.
When Rod wasn't playing cricket, he completed a signwriting apprenticeship in the late 90s. He has worked in signwriting, graphic design and project management roles ever since, for others, as a consultant and in his own business.
With a wife and 2 kids, and getting a little older, Rod retired from playing cricket and concentrated on coaching over more recent years. His love for cricket has never stopped. In fact, his wife jokes about cricket being in their wedding vows, except it's not a joke!
Rod discovered cricket bat making as a hobby at first, then as his skills grew, so did the workshop. Cricket bat making calls on all of Rod's skills as a tradesman as it is as creative as it is technical.
The Cooper Cricket workshop has been based in Banyo in Brisbane for the last 12 months and is about to re-locate to a larger workshop in Northgate.
Rod looks forward to continuing his career in cricket bat making from the new larger premises from December.