Behrendorff in control
He's the one that got away for the ACT Comets, but Luke Behrendorff has no regrets about stepping down from representative duties to concentrate on his studies and religion.
With the pressure of trying to push for higher honours gone, the younger brother of Western Australia paceman Jason continues to be a force for Weston Creek in the Cricket ACT first-grade competition.
Behrendorff had been earmarked for a rookie contract with the Comets with an eye to progressing to the Futures League, having come through the ACT under-17 and under-19 sides.
But a desire to concentrate on school and church led to his difficult choice to step down from representative duties.
''I didn't feel I could give 100 per cent [to cricket] so I pulled out so I could focus more on uni and church,'' Behrendorff said. ''I was getting stressed out by cricket and wasn't finding it as enjoyable with the continous training.
''It was a pretty tough decision, it took me about three years to make. But it's freed me up a bit and I'm really enjoying my cricket at Weston Creek.''
He has also excelled in handball, having represented the Australian under-21 team at the Oceania Continental Handball Federation Challenge Cup in Samoa last month.
The 19-year-old right-arm quick will be looking to build on his 2-14 from nine overs when Queanbeyan resumes its first innings at 5-109 in response to Weston Creek's 134 at Freebody Oval on Saturday.
Behrendorff hasn't ruled out a return to representative cricket in the future. His immediate goal is knocking over the Queanbeyan tail for less than 25 runs to ensure Weston Creek gets the first innings victory.