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SHC Marist Cricket Carnival Champions (Issue 1 2018 Sport)

Written on the 1 March 2018

From 5-12 December 2017 our First XI Cricket side travelled to Traralgon to complete in the 45th Annual Marist Cricket Carnival. There were eight teams competing in the Traralgon carnival:

  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College, Alice Springs NT
  • Lavalla Catholic College, Traralgon VIC
  • St John's College, Woodlawn NSW
  • Marist College, Bendigo VIC
  • St Francis Xavier's College, Hamilton NSW
  • Notre Dame College, Shepparton VIC
  • Bunbury Catholic College, Bunbury WA
  • Sacred Heart College, Adelaide SA.

After an excellent Term 4 where most results went our way, the group were looking forward to getting over to Victoria for the Carnival. Due to some poor weather, our first 3 matches were played on hard wicket, which was a bit of a blast from the past for a lot of the lads, but it didn't seem to phase the group as they managed to notch up good victories against Shepparton, Newcastle and Bunbury. These consecutive victories meant that we found ourselves in the Semi Final stage of the carnival and having to come up against a spirited Traralgon team. In a match where a lot didn't go our way, the players never lost focus and managed to take 3 wickets in one over to defend our total of 106 and get over the line by 11 runs. This meant that we had the chance to play in the Grand Final against Shepparton, who we defeated in the first round.

After losing the toss and having to bowl first, our bowling group did a fantastic job to restrict the opposition to just 112. Any score is hard to chase in a Grand Final, but thanks to a match winning innings of 59 runs by Gavin Regan, we were able to cruise over the line with 6 wickets in hard. This win marked our first Marist Carnival triumph in 13 long years and every one of the players made a solid contribution throughout the week. The group gelled extremely well and thoroughly deserved the title of Champion School and were awarded the Ray Lindwall/Stan McCabe Shield after going through the Carnival undefeated.

Special congratulations to the leadership group, ably led by Captain Aryan Sareen who was presented with the Br Crispin O'Sullivan Shield and named as Captain of the combined Australian Marist XI. Congratulations as well to Brad Thompson (vc) and Jonah Whitelum, who also earned selection in the combined Australian Marist XI representative team. A big thank you also to the Coaching Staff and especially Garreth Hutton who was named the Coach of the Australian Marist XI representative side.

This carnival was a memorable experience for all players and staff and it was great to see our playing group develop throughout the week and establish long lasting friendships with fellow players and their host families. We now look towards the 2018 Marist Cricket Carnival, which we are hosting here in Adelaide as we try to go back to back and defend our title as Champion School.

Robert Gill
Head of Chavoin House and Football & Cricket Coordinator


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