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4 Grand Finals & 3 Premierships for the Junior Two Blues in 2019/20
Last weekend saw the culmination of all our junior program efforts with a tremendous set of results for the Two Blues.
We had already clinched one U15 T20 premiership a fortnight earlier with our N&CCC Cambridge team defeating St Joseph’s in a grand final.
March 7&8th was grand final weekend for our Saturday U13, U15 & U17 teams.
Our U13 Beaumont division team, N&CCC Royce, made a real charge through the semi finals & final and comprehensively knocked over Lara in their grand final. After day 1 (Sat) our team was in a commanding position, scoring 1/99 off its first 26 overs and having Lara 6/50. Max (14no), Samuel (23 no), Hugh (21) & Jacob (22no) led the charge with the bat. Sunday morning came along and the bowlers and fielders all did their job superbly and cleaned up Lara for 82 runs in 32 overs and we didn’t need to go in and bat again. Jacob, James, Gabby, Malik & Edward did the damage with the ball. A big congratulations to all the players & their coach, Ben Harmon. It was a great lesson in man management all season, never with more than 10 players at their disposal. Thanks also to our sub fielders who came in from another Sat morning team to help out. A number of these players will be graduating to U15s and we look forward to them taking the next step in their junior cricket with the Two Blues.
Our U15 Emond team, N&CCC Taylor, were up against ladder leaders, St Peter’s in their grand final being hosted at Carey Oval. Our boys were travelling steadily at around 1/50. Sam Johannes (18) and Lewis Povey (50 retired) gave us a solid platform at the top but unfortunately the middle order didn’t fire up as was hoped. We scratched our way to 9/142 off 55 overs with Max Franklin and Braiden Grundell putting on a late burst of runs that gave us something to defend. Sunday morning saw the team with ball in hand but St Peter’s managed to get the total with 3/143 off 40 overs. Regardless of the grand final match result, it was a thoroughly impressive effort by our 2 U15 teams this year. They trained as a squad all year and we went through the whole season without forfeiting a single match, which was quite an achievement given the number of APS kids we have in our ranks. We saw a lot of development throughout the entire playing group and their affinity with the club continues to grow, which all bodes well for the health of our U17 and seniors programs into the future. A massive thank you to all the parents, helpers and the prinicipal coaches in Ian, Alg & Rocket for all their efforts.
Our U17 team, playing in the Everett division grand final, was fortunate enough to essentially have their entire playing group available for the first time this season. We had come through a nail biting semi final victory and then were up against East Belmont, ladder leaders, in the final. Day 1 saw a very disciplined bowling and fielding effort restrict East Belmont to all out for 108…with particular mention to Noah Guida for his 3/22 off 12 overs. Sunday morning came along and Baxter Bingham (51) and Tom Thiele (24) put together the match winning partnership and Noah Guida iced it with a quick fire 13 runs at the end which saw our lads take out the flag with a score of 4/110 off 35 overs. A big well done and congratulations to Cooper & Will for coaching & teaching this playing group all season and also to Mark Sanders in his capacity as team manager and all of the administrative juggling act he performed with a constant revolving door of player availability. For a number of our players this was essentially their last taste of junior cricket and we were very happy, proud and relieved that they could go out as champions. Well done and best wishes to you all with your senior cricket at the Two Blues into the future!