The BHRDCA has completed its most successful VMCU carnival culminating in premierships to the U/18’s and the U/14’s in the Russell Allen Shield which is the top grade.
Our 18’s restricted Mornington Peninsula CA to 9/128 from 45 overs with Heatherdale’s Trent Callen taking 3/10 from 5 overs and Cameron Clark, Nunawading CC, returning 2/12 from 6 overs.
The run chase started poorly and BHRDCA slumped to 5/54 leaving plenty to do after drinks. With Trent Callen still unbeaten there was some hope and he anchored the innings brilliantly to see BHRDCA finish on 6/131 to lift the trophy. Callen remained 61 no and had great support from Clark with 29 as the two boys enjoyed a day to remember. Callen deservedly won the medal for best on ground.
Coach Anthony Smith (Blackburn CC) did a stunning job blending the team which at times looked doubtful to actually get to the carnival. Smith has coached the 18’s the last few years and has a great understanding of the age group and how to maximise the talent whilst dealing with the challenges of VCE, work and other pressures associated with that age group.
The 14’s were asked to bowl against South Eastern CA who they had lost to in a round robin game five days earlier. Kerrimuir’s Kalan Fazio was outstanding returning 4/19 from 6 overs and had great support from Mitcham’s Luke Tully, 2/28 from 8, to leave SECA 7/140 after their 40 overs.
BHRDCA lost an early wicket before an 87 run partnership between Heatherdale’s Billy Box, 52, and Luke Tully, 38, turned the game. With 3 balls left the winning runs were hit and BHRDCA won by 5 wickets. Fazio won the best on ground medal for the bowling that set up the game dismissing the top four SECA bats.
Steve Box (Heatherdale CC) coached the side and was sensational in gelling the group into a competitive outfit that peaked at the right time. Steve Tully also played a key role in the planning, warm ups and reviews of each game.
Aside from these two teams, the U/12 girls were runners up, three other teams made semi finals and one played a quarter final. So 7 of our 8 sides played finals cricket.
This is just reward for the hours of work volunteers, coaches and players put in not only during the carnival but also leading into it. Ross Chambers, as the manager of our representative program, is unwavering in his commitment to the program, teams and coaches. Ross does an enormous amount of organising, live scoring and ensuring venues and all relevant information gets to coaches and team managers. Often this is received late the night before or the morning of game day as the weather dictates the days playing conditions.
A huge thank you to all coaches, parents and the brilliant team managers that just make this work and the results are there for all to see.
We look forward to continued support of representative cricket as the BHRDCA results continue to capture others attention.