The Marist Cricket Carnival starts tomorrow and organisers are hoping rain doesn't play to big a part as teams from across Australia converge on Shepparton.OLIVER CAFFREY December 3, 2013 4:10am
Notre Dame College’s Connor Hayes will take part in his second Marist Cricket Carnival this week at grounds across Shepparton.
Notre Dame College sports co-ordinator Rohan Larkin is hoping predicted heavy rain holds off for the week-long Marist Cricket Carnival.
The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting a late storm to come through Shepparton late this afternoon, with constant rain expected for the opening matches tomorrow and Thursday.
Larkin said the school had put a number of synthetic wicket pitches in the Cricket Shepparton region on standby if the weather turned ugly.
‘‘We’re hopeful of playing somewhere each day and we’ll play on the hard wickets if it comes to that,’’ Larkin said.
‘‘But we’ve got teams coming from around Australia and they will be billeted out to families, so it’s not just about cricket, it’s also about celebrating the Catholic tradition.’’
It is the first time in six years the carnival will be held in Shepparton, with some of the best Catholic school cricketers from across the country going head-to-head.
Notre Dame will play a game each against St Augustine’s College, Cairns, Catholic College Bunbury, Trinity College, Lismore, St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Alice Springs.
Larkin said the Notre Dame team, coached by Nigel Liggins and managed by Gino Saracino, would face some tough competition from St Gregory’s.
‘‘They are traditionally a very strong team and they would have to be one of the teams right up there, but it’s hard to tell from year to year because the teams change so much,’’ he said.
However, Larkin said the Notre Dame team would be able to hold its own, with an experienced side set to take to the field.
‘‘We’ve got a number of boys who have played in multiple tournaments now, with Kyle Winter-Irving set to lead the side playing in his fourth (carnival),’’ Larkin said.
‘‘There are a few Year 10 boys that have already played (Cricket Shepparton) A-grade, so both our coaches are very happy with the depth of the squad.’’
Brayden McGregor and Nathan Berry are the next most experienced members of the squad, taking part in their third tournament.
The Notre Dame XI begins its campaign tomorrow when it faces St Augustine’s at Numurkah, with the final games being played on Monday.
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