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.
A man suffered serious burns to his face and chest after a butane can explosion caused a fire at a Shepparton house yesterday.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Murray Shire councillor Geoff Mackenzie apologised to councillors at a Murray Shire Council meeting on Tuesday about any offence caused by comments he made in November.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Heathcote's Union Hotel is continuing its record of fundraising for the Royal Children's Hospital.
Moira Shire Council's new chief executive says he will 'establish a standard of behaviour' as part of an overhaul of the organisation.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Benalla mother Denise Cooke will hold an Anzac Day tennis event to raise funds for the Cambodian orphanages from where she adopted her children.
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