Following a sensational effort by the BHRDCA teams last week when 5 of the 6 teams made the finals stage, we have been stymied by the current heatwave which has forced the VMCU to invoke their heat policy and cancel all quarter and semi-final games.

 

This means that only the top two finishers from each of the 6 grades will play off on sunday in their respective grand finals.

 

Whilst this is a very dissappointing result for 4 of our teams who all played some top class cricket and were confidently looking forward to going deep into the final series, only the unbeaten U16 Beitzel Turf team will now contest their grand final.

 

This is the first time that BHRDCA have reached the VMCU’s showcase final and I am sure that Chris Box and Anthony Stewart have the boys primed to take on their opponents a tough Eastern Cricket Assn team.

 

The match is set for an 11.00am start at

Mulgrave Reserve East

Garnet Rd, Wheelers Hill

Melways 81 B1

 

I know there are vets games on sunday also, but if you have a free hour or so get down to the game and support the boys.

 

As Junior Co-ordinator I know I speak on behalf of Ross Chambers (Junorr Rep Manager), Peter Rosenthal and all the BHRDCA Board in saying that we are exceedingly proud of all the teams for their endeavour, competitive spirit, skills level but above all their sportsmanship over a very tough tournament. Combined they have presented the association with the best set of results in our junior representative history and that is just a fantastic result.

 

The support of the coach’s, managers, host clubs and parents has been fantastic and is very much appreciated by the board. Last season we took the decision to promote junior cricket by doubling the number of rep teams, putting together a winter development program and completing the picture with a new uniform set – all innovations which have been fully vindicated.

 

Over the winter we will review the past season, seek to remedy any mistakes that have arisen on the way and work to make next season an even better game for our young players – they have done their bit and it is up to all clubs to ensure that we continue to do our part better each and every season.

 

Finally a quick note to advise you all of two further events coming up prior to what promises to be an exciting finals series.

 

Firstly on Sunday Feb 9th, 10 Deakin based clubs will compete in a Charity Community Day at Terrara Park at U12, U14 and U16 levels. This day is being sponsored by Michael Sukar the new Federal Member for Deakin. I still need to speak to some of the clubs involved with this and that will happen next week. This will be a great opportunity for the Assn to showcase some of the young talent we have to the community at large, so watch this space for more info on the day soon.

 

Secondly we will also select an Under 18 Representative team to play against the West Gippsland Cricket Assn on sunday March 2 at East Burwood. The U18 competition has also been a very competitive junior Friday night competition, sponsored by Anthony and his team at Maddocks Sports, selecting this team with the talent that is available will be very difficult. On the same day our Mackay U16 team will also play against the West Gippsland U16 VMCU Rep team so it will be a day of great cricket so put it in your calendar. Again I will release more information in the next couple of weeks.

 

I hope that the last few days have not been too draining on you all

 

All the best

 

Peter

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