Mooroopna has posted a comprehensive victory over Tatura to finish the season on top of the ladder in Haisman Shield.HANNAH DRISCOLL March 3, 2014 4:05am
Mooroopna locked in the Haisman Shield minor premiership on Saturday with a 257-run win against wooden-spooner Tatura.
Tatura’s run chase started badly with a duck to opener Tom Casey and some blistering deliveries from opening bowler Rob Burgess resulted in a wrist injury to youngster Caiden Pratt (10 runs), ruling him out of yesterday’s under-16A final.
Burgess dismissed both openers and took 4-12 from eight overs, with seven bowlers sharing the 50 overs to end Tatura’s season with a 90-run haul.
Captain Brenton Campbell, who scored the Cats’ first century last week, snared 3-13 and six maidens from 11 overs and Brodie McDonald took 2-1 from 4.5 overs.
Tatura’s Peter Watt added 22 runs to his season tally, finishing the season with 394 from 12 innings and a top score of 86, while captain Travis Thomson chipped in 24.
‘‘Tatura has had a long, hard year and we got the six points we wanted, so we pulled stumps,’’ Mooroopna coach Brendan Kenna said yesterday after the one-day final loss to Central Park-St Brendan’s.
‘‘It would have been good to have another bat, but we were playing a game today anyway.’’
Thomson said since the new year it was obvious from Tatura’s performances the team was not there mentally, thus the decision to send the Cats in to bat last week.
‘‘Once you get to the point where you know finals is out of the question, blokes are getting injured, it’s really hard to keep the young blokes focused and I didn’t want to bat first, make 90 and then have a couple of long days in the field, that’s all,’’ he said.
‘‘A few of us are switched on and there’s a few that are dropping away, we’ve got poor under-16s playing for us at the moment, they’ve all played rep cricket and they’ve all got juniors in the morning, so it’s been a heavy load for them.
‘‘We just weren’t there I just felt when we turned up to the game. We arrived in dribs and drabs and it’s something we’ve got to work on.’’
Thomson said there were good things to come for the club with the juniors coming through, who were represented in the under-16A and under-14 B finals yesterday as well as a semi-final berth to the under-12 A team.
The juniors who did get senior exposure he said would improve again next season with more experience and physical development behind them, and the A-grade side performed above expectations the first half of the season.
But Thomson said there was definitely areas to improve, like lifting the intensity at training and improving game preparation, and said he would like to get some mentors for the players next season to help with those areas.
‘‘That’s not just kids, it’s everyone involved in that senior team. I know they’re all pretty young, but we all need to get into that mindset to be competitive at this level,’’ he said.
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