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.
Two men were taken to hospital after a collision near Tatura.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons defeated Corowa Rutherglen Roos by 76 points at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
REGIONAL Victorians will be invited to get up close and personal with Graham (pictured above) – the face of a world-first Transport Accident Commission road safety initiative.
AFTER 46 years of garden growing, Rochester and District Garden Club members are hanging up their spades, drying out their gloves and getting ready to watch the weeds grow.
Gift fundraiser is looking for toddler talent.
Local export Willie Wheeler dominating at VFL level
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
THE Heathcote Community will come together once again to honour the memory of car accident victim Georgia Edsall-French at a memorial day this Saturday.
Katamatite Lions Club held its 42nd annual handover dinner at the Boosey Creek Tavern on July 13.
Mathoura endured a harsh hammering to its playing confidence on Saturday with a 24-goal thrashing at the hands of Deniliquin Rovers.
The demand for organic milk in Australia is outstripping supply, creating an opportunity for the region’s dairy farmers.
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