Cricket (Term 1, Issue 1 2016)
Written on the 12 April 2016
The First XI endured a rollercoaster 2015/16 season under the guidance of our leadership group, which included Jayson Bartolo (captain), Liam Mackie, Leo Potts and Lachlan Mill. A mixture of Twenty 20, One-Day, Two-Day and carnival formats provided the opportunity for 24 players to showcase their skills within the First XI team.
The boys came together extremely well over the duration of the carnival, building strong team rapport and playing an exciting brand of cricket. Wins over Marcellin College (Bulleen), St Johns College (Woodlawn) and Trinity College (Lismore) and two very close losses to St Gregory's College (Campbelltown) and Marist Sion College (Warragul) resulted in Sacred Heart finishing 3rd out of the six teams. Congratulations to Liam Mackie who was awarded the Batsman of the Carnival, and Oscar Forster who was named Wicket Keeper of the Carnival. Additionally, Lachlan Mill, Liam Mackie and Oscar Forster were all named in the Team of the Carnival.
Refreshed from the summer holidays, the First XI set out to challenge the top teams in the Term 1 State Knockout Competition. Unfortunately, a close 1-wicket loss to Rostrevor dampened our knockout hopes in the first round. As the term progressed, the group was largely challenged on and off the field by the coaching group. To the credit of the group, two strong performances against Westminster and in the Intercol game against Rostrevor, which Sacred Heart lost in a low scoring affair, rounded out an entertaining season. Congratulations to Matt Ramsey for being awarded the Brother Colombanus Medallion as Sacred Heart's best player in the Intercol match.
I would like to thank the families of First XI players for their weekly support and contribution on home games, especially those who travelled to away games and to the Marist Carnival in Melbourne. Also, we were yet again fortunate enough to acquire the services of our longstanding umpire Dave Parsons, who is an admired member of the Sacred Heart cricketing community. To Paul Morgan and his grounds staff, we greatly appreciate the many hours spent preparing our training and game facilities each week. Finally, I would like to thank Robert Gill for his tireless weekly efforts, including after school and on Saturdays, to coordinate up to five teams each week.
Throughout the course of the 2015/16 2nd XI season, Sacred Heart presented themselves in a positive manner and played in the spirit of the game, always endeavouring to represent the College with the utmost respect and a 'try my best' attitude. It was from these strong personality traits that there were numerous outstanding performances from a variety of individuals. Cain Reynolds started Term 4 2015 with a solid 32 against St Peters and continued this form two weeks later, when he joined his brother (Tim) in a 99 run partnership scoring 55 and 41 respectively against Rostrevor. While Sammy Whelan was ever consistent with the ball throughout Term 4 taking 3 for on two occasions, and often contributing with the bat. Special mentions go to Kyle Tucker for 5 wickets over the term and Mitchell Hinge for his ever consistent darts that often had teams baffled.
Term 1 2016 started with a bang with the Reynolds brothers once again contributing solid performances with the bat getting Sacred Heart off to a 50 run start before the infamous middle order collapse occurred. However, this time victory was imminent with the lower order steadying to bring home the win. After week one, team changes were prominent and it was from this that we saw Oscar Lovelock put his hand up for first XI section by scoring 49, and a knock of 81 in a T20 against Westminster, whilst also proving he can also take wickets. James Patton and Brett Connor also showed their ability with the bat scoring numerous knocks above 20. Griffin De Bruin's and James Patton's bowling was described by St Peters coach as one of the best bowling performances he's seen at school cricket. Special mentions go to Dylan Tymmons for his excellent captaincy and Matthew Bowyer for his supreme fielding taking two incredible catches in gully.
Although, throughout the season Sacred Heart only managed to win 1 game, as coach it was a pleasure to see the boys rock up each week with a smile on their face and the desire to improve. It was a delight to coach these students and I wish them all the best with any future endeavours.
The first game at Trinity College marked the beginning of another illustrious campaign for the 3rd XI cricket team, entering its 7th year in the schoolboy system. Made up primarily of boarders, enthusiasm was never an issue, and neither was skill, with the boys notching up a grand total of 215 off of their 20 overs. Kyle Tucker led the charge with a hard-hitting 75, while Josh Smith showed he was more than capable with 62. Xavier Redden and Braydon Keech accompanied them well with 21 and 18 not-out respectively, while Josh Finckler failed to trouble the scorers with 0. In reply, a depleted Trinity side only managed 65, with Smith, Brad Noble and Louis Cummins all taking 2 wickets each. All in all, an emphatic 150 run victory in a 20/20.
The next game played was an inter-trial game between 2 SHC teams. It was a chance to showcase some of the talent from both young and old, with one side led by Braydon Keech and the other by Josh Smith. Keech's troops came out on top in a close contest by 2 wickets. Some notable performers were Sam McCabe who anchored an innings with a well-compiled 36, while Cain Reynolds played a true deputy-vice-vice captain's innings steering his side over the line with 63 not-out. Pick of the bowlers for the day were Harry Johnson, who swung the ball both ways on his way to 2 wickets, while Brad Noble took 3 wickets in a wonderful display of fast bowling. Tim Reynolds produced one of the balls of the century to dismiss danger-man Kyle Tucker. Those at the ground maintain that the leg-spinner managed to turn the ball a metre, bypassing bat and pad, clipping the top of off-stump. Anyone seeking clarification should see Tim, as he is more than happy to spend 20 minutes demonstrating said incident. The game was played in good spirits with all boys having a go and conducting themselves well.
The third game of the year was played over a boarder's exeat and saw 11 day students put their hands up for their school in true Marist fashion. Pembroke batted first on a flat Brighton Rd track and managed 7/186. Nick Walkington was the pick of the bowlers with 2/25 off 4 while Dylan Timmons took 1/15 off 6. In reply, we managed an admirable 75 all out, with Eglinton making 21 and Lambert 15. The scoreboard was not a true reflection of the effort that these boys went to with their school in need, and the way they conducted themselves with passion and respect.
Although it was a short season, it was once again a pleasure to see the boys enjoy themselves on the pitch, while also showing the pride that they have in playing for their school. Thanks once again to Rob Gill for his tireless work in making sure that these boys have an opportunity to play the game they love.
Will Kearvell & Tom Hennessy
2016 saw another group of exceptionally talented and hard-working cricketers enter the College. The 10A team opened their season with consecutive one-day matches against Immanuel College. In the opening match, Sacred Heart won the toss and elected to bat, compiling 110 courtesy of a classy half-century from Jonah Whitelum. This performance continued in the second innings as we restricted Immanuel to a meagre 67 runs following standout performances by Aryan Sareen and Darcy Burns who took three and two wickets, respectively.