Northern Rivers’ under-16 representative side will take some valuable lessons away from last week’s Victorian Bushrangers Dowling Shield campaign.DAMEN FRANCIS January 25, 2014 6:18am
Rivers’ dreams of contesting the final on the hallowed turf at the MCG were ended on Thursday, when they fell five runs short against North West Wizards in the qualifying final.
Chasing 6-205, Rivers were all out for 198 with eight balls to play.
It left them with a consolation final against Inner East Emus at Chelsworth Park in Ivanhoe yesterday, which was washed out.
‘‘The old adage of catches win matches was proved brutally true,’’ Rivers coach Brendan Kenna said.
‘‘We dropped four catches and then with the bat we needed eight (runs) off 12 balls at one stage, but we were trying to take a second run when we didn’t need to and kept getting caught on the boundary, when we only needed singles.
‘‘It was a disappointing way to finish, but the positive was that we dropped four catches, had three run outs and still only lost by seven runs.
‘‘They’re just young kids and it was a big learning curve.’’
A pair of unlucky lbw decisions didn’t help matters, but that’s how things go in sport.
Kenna said such lessons applied to life as well and was proud of his players for the way they conducted themselves during the week.
‘‘There are so many life lessons that can be learned in sport,’’ he said.
‘‘We took them in as kids in September and send them home as young adults.
‘‘They represented themselves and the region with dignity.’’
Cricket Shepparton players Anthony Andronaco (Shepparton and Youth Club United) Jess Petherick (Tatura) Laitham Vandermeer (Mooroopna), Joel Brett (Northerners), Jordan McGregor (Toolamba) and Cade Mueller (Kyabram) all played their part during the week.
Andronaco scored 56 runs in four innings, Petherick seven runs and one wicket, Vandermeer 36 runs and two wickets, Brett 42 runs and five wickets, McGregor nine runs and one wicket and Mueller 116 runs — including 69 against Inner South East Scorpions.
Waaia’s Mitchell Cleeland made 83 runs in three innings and took four wickets.
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