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Junior Cricket

Junior Report.

Well that’s almost a wrap for Junior Cricket 20-21.

JUNIOR BLASTERS

Junior Blasters finished up last Thursday afternoon, with most players in attendance. It is amazing how much the players have improved their skills from the start of the program to the finish. Many thanks to Luke Veitenheimer, and all parent helpers for their commitment to the group during the program.

The program finished with a medal presentation and a meal from the clubs kitchen for all the players involved. Job Well done to all.

DEMONS CLUB

Demons Club wound up on Friday afternoon with most players in attendance. A number will be going onto U/11’s next season after improving immensely during the program.

The last session was a great one with some great bowling and batting on display. The players were presented with medallions and were asked to come and watch our two U/11’s teams play on the front oval, with pizza from Port Pizza and Pasta to end the afternoon and program. Many thanks to all the parent helpers who helped me during the program.

UNDER 11’s

U/11’s finished the season off with an intra-club game on Friday afternoon. Many thanks for the season must go to Jim Tilders (U/17 player) who ran training for the group along with his mum, Club Secretary, Lou Tilders. Game days at Port were set up by Jim as well.

Jim was well supported by parents, in particular Doug Halloran and Adam Dowling who each took the reigns of a team each to help coach on away games and with Jim at home games.

We had 18 players and approx 5 will go up to the U/13’s next season.

The players finished off the season with a medallion presentation and pizza from Port Pizza and Pasta along with players from the Demons Club.

Thanks to all who have assisted during the year with training, scoring and umpiring. The group has a great atmosphere to be around with many families getting down to support the teams every week.

UNDER 13’s

We had two teams this season in which a new playing conditions were introduced. Five of our existing players had to adjust to the changes from last season. Following the end of the season it was easy to see that the changes were of a great benefit in the development of this age group.

I would like to thank all of the families who supported the players in both teams, and make mention of the U/11’s players who helped out during the year when we were short. Thanks for the assistance at training, on game days with scoring and umpiring.

Special thanks to Steve Illingworth Coach of Team Ward and Dan O’Meara who was Team Manager and Scores manager. They led the players with great enthusiasm and knowledge and narrowly missed out in playing finals.

Many thanks Lorelle Surace who was Team Eden’s Team Manager, and Scores Manager.

Team Eden was able to make the finals and last Saturday we played against Barwon Heads and were able secure a great Win.

Port 4/124
Matteo Surace 25 n.o
George Burr 15 n.o
Miles Harvey 23
Tucker Kooloos 17 n.o

Defeated Barwon Heads 44
Archie Hearn 1/2
George Burr 3/1
Aiden Bryant 1/5
Matteo Surace 2/2

Player of the match George Burr.

I would like to wish the Eden team the best of luck for this weeks Grand Final which is to be played at Drysdale Recreation Reserve starting at 8.15 against Ocean Grove.

Award winners for the season were

U/13 Ward
Riley Illingworth Batting aggregate 247 runs
Riley Illingworth Bowling aggregate 19 wickets
Liam DeAraugo Most Improved
Henry Chisholm Fielding Award

U/13 Eden
Matteo Surace Batting aggregate 301 runs
Archie Hearn Bowling aggregate 11 wickets
Alistair Janus Nichols Most Improved
Tom Pepyat Fielding award

UNDER 15’S

It was a season of learning for this group after setting such lofty standards in recent seasons. The team was promoted to the U/15 Division 1 this season and spirits were high after winning the first game of the year. Unfortunately each game thereafter we were just a little light on for runs. Playing the last game like it was a grand final, the team walked away with a solid win, and sets the tone for next year with really positive contributions with bat and ball. Our team was playing against predominantly GCA teams so it was a great test for our players. Out of the team 2 players Jesse Hunter and Joel DeBono made the U/15 Rep Team, with Joel making a couple of 50’s. The two of them also made their A grade Debuts for the club, and we look forward to seeing them in the Red and Blue for years to come.

Many thanks to Danny Gillett (Coach), Jamie (Nudge) Hickey Team Manager, Scores Manager for their dedication to the team and Club.

Awards for this Season
Jesse Hunter Batting aggregate 146
Tom Gillett Bowling aggregate 15 wickets
Harry Sedgmen Most Improved
Buckley Hickey Fielding award

UNDER 17’s

Our U/17’s were limited with numbers from the start of the season, this is a common theme around the Association. So our players entered into a combine side with Leopold CC primarily. Many thanks to Leopold CC Junior coordinator Sean Bolland who was able to supply a Coach Uli, and a Team Manager Fiona Blyth. Getting the team going was a great effort, our players enjoyed the experience and gained new friendships and fresh ideas from new voices. In writing this report I believe that Jim Tilders has earned the achievement of U/17 Div 1 Section Just Bowling award having taken 17 wickets @ 13.18 with a best of 5/25. Fantastic effort Jim. Jack Baldi was our best performed batsman with an aggregate of 147 @ 23.

Many thanks to the families who supported the players, getting them to training at Leopold and to all the games during the year. The boys only had one home game at Port so the season involved a lot of travel.

Awards
Jim Tilders Bowling aggregate 17 wickets
Jack Baldi Batting aggregate 147

Best Junior Club Person

Jim Tilders was awarded the Best Junior Club person for a 3rd year after again showing great passion to involve himself as a volunteer in and around the Club. Jim took up the challenge this season of Coaching the U/11’s while juggling school and Junior and Senior training commitments and playing. To say he had an impact cannot be understated. The players loved having a young cricketer running training. At home games on a Friday afternoon Jim would set the ground up and assist the U/11 coaches to run the games.

Jim received a Trophy and a $200 Degrandi Voucher from the PCC.

Other recipients for showing determination to improve were 2 players Ashby Ward U/17’s and Levi Lacey U/13’s. Both players were given brand new Kookaburra Crickets bats which were part of a package that the Club won from a McGrath Foundation raffle for organising a pink stumps day to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation. We hope they can put them to good use next season.

In closing this report I would like to thank our Sponsors. Particularly Pier View Lolly Shop who donated 10 brand new Helmets for the season just gone. With COVID protocols not wanting the sharing of equipment Greg wanted to make sure that new players didn’t have to go and spend a lot of money to be able to play cricket for the first time. It married up so well with our club as a lot of new players tried cricket for the first time this season, and we were able to lend equipment to them for the season, and the get it back at seasons end.

Many thanks to Port Pizza and Pasta, and The Boyz Fish and Chip shop who provided vouchers during the season.

This season we had 85 Junior Members across all age groups. The Club has returned to fielding players in all age groups and the future looks very good moving forward.

Thanks also to the full support of the Senior Club and all committee for their dedication to making Junior Cricket affordable but also a great place to be around.

Kind regards
James Harvey
Junior Co-ordinator