A record-breaking carnival from Karramomus batsman Andrew Poppa was not quite enough to earn Northern Rivers a place in the Victorian Bushrangers Under-14 State Championships final.DAMEN FRANCIS January 25, 2014 5:19am
Poppa struck 55 in yesterday’s rain-shortened semi-final against South East Bayside Breakers at Percy Treyvaud Memorial Park in East Malvern, to finish with 200 runs for the week — more than any player has managed at a single championships in Northern Rivers history.
Despite the brillant knock, Rivers’ 9-107 from 20 overs was chased down by a slick Breakers side with 10 balls and seven wickets to spare.
The Breakers will meet Inner East Emus in the grand final on February 2.
Rivers coach Jake DeAraungo said it was a tremendous effort from his team and he was just pleased to get a chance to play off for the final.
‘‘We were lucky to get on, the other game was washed out, but the covers at our ground were in pretty good shape,’’ DeAraungo said.
‘‘(The Breakers) would have gone through on run rate, so we had to play to have a chance and I was very proud of the way the boys carried themselves throughout the week.
‘‘They were definitely disappointed, but they knew they put up a good fight and as I said to them at the end of the game, they have all got plenty of cricket left this season, so hopefully we can come back next year and take it out.’’
Shepparton and Youth Club United’s Hugh Conway made four runs and Xavier Chalkley of Central Park-St Brendan’s one in limited opportunities.
Waaia’s Jesse Trower made 83 runs in three innings — twice not out — and took six wickets in 26 overs for the week, while teammate Jordan Cleeland scored 40 runs in three innings.
But the carnival belonged to Poppa, whose three half-centuries made him the clear standout of the carnival.
‘‘Andrew batted with great temperament and was very confident at the crease,’’ DeAraugo said.
‘‘At training it looked like he could hit the ball hard, but he showed he knew how to build an innings as well.’’
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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