Hamish Winter-Irving has praised his Central Park-St Brendan's mentors, Rohan Larkin and Brendan Kenna, ahead of Footscray-Edgewater's Victorian Premier Cricket grand final.DAMEN FRANCIS March 27, 2014 4:05am
Former Central Park-St Brendan’s fast bowler Hamish Winter-Irving will line up for Footscray-Edgewater in this weekend’s Victorian Premier Cricket grand final.
Footscray-Edgewater speedster Hamish Winter-Irving has paid tribute to his former Central Park-St Brendan’s mentors ahead of this weekend’s Victorian Premier Cricket grand final.
The three-day final starts tomorrow, when his Bulldogs take on Essendon at Junction Oval.
A Nagambie native, Winter-Irving attended Shepparton’s Notre Dame College and joined the Tigers in 2008, going on to win back-to-back Haisman Shield premierships under Rohan Larkin in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
He said the likes of Larkin and now-Mooroopna coach Brendan Kenna had been instrumental in his development in those formative years.
‘‘The standard wasn’t the best at home in Nagambie and I always wanted to make that move to Melbourne,’’ Winter-Irving said.
‘‘They (Larkin and Kenna) coached me in Northern Rivers under-16s and 18s and they played huge parts in my time as a junior up-and-comer and where I am now I wouldn’t have been able to get there without those two.’’
Now in his third season of premier cricket, Winter-Irving has spent most of the season opening the bowling with ex-South Australia first class quick Jake Haberfield.
He has taken 29 first XI wickets this season — more than anyone at the club outside Haberfield — and nearly double last year’s haul of 15.
Winter-Irving forfeited the new ball to returning Test-capped all-rounder John Hastings last week, but had no problem with the decision and embraced the opportunity to learn from such experienced cricketers.
As much as he is a front-line bowler, Winter-Irving has played a key role with the bat in recent weeks.
He is unbeaten in his last three innings batting at number nine and his 13 not out proved as important as his 1-29 with the ball in the thrilling 24-run semi-final win against Geelong.
Winter-Irving turned 21 on Tuesday and he said a first XI premiership would be the best birthday present he could ask for.
The only way it could be better is if his older brother was alongside him, but Mitch, 22, looks certain to miss out, despite making nine first XI appearances during the season.
Last time the pair played together in a grand final was the successful 2009-10 Haisman Shield decider against Karramomus.
‘‘I really enjoy playing alongside him and to have him in the side is a credit to him, because he’s still travelling back and forth (from Bendigo) to play cricket,’’ Winter-Irving said.
‘‘Last year he missed out on the seconds final, because he got hit on the finger and got a broken finger.
‘‘I do feel for him, but in the end, we’ve got to take our best side out onto the field.’’
Footscray-Edgewater won its only first XI premiership in season 1979-80 and Winter-Irving was hopeful of the club breaking its drought this weekend.
‘‘Last week was amazing for us, we thought we were down and out .
‘‘What Rohan told me is a lot of people play their whole career down here and they never make one, so for me to be playing in a grand final and hopefully be a part of a winning side would be fantastic.’’
Businessmen, onesies, baked muffins, a professor and a baby made for a colourful ragtag army of Sheppartonians who made their way to the seat of democratic power in Melbourne yesterday.
Local kayaking athletes Brea Roadley and Kayla Whinray have continued making a splash in their sport on both a national and international level.
Tatura’s St Vincent de Paul Society has made a sizeable donation to Sacred Heart School community for 2015.
A touch of glitz and glamour will be the theme for St Mary’s Primary School’s annual parents and friends ball at The Mill tomorrow.
Campaspe Valley Community Centre played host to Audrey Hepburn, Little Red Riding Hood, Napoleon Dynamite and even the Titanic recently.
Jackson Gentle beats younger sibling Cooper in thrilling Parkland decider
What will it take for politicians to start taking Nagambie's case for an ambulance seriously?
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
Heathcote has finally been topped as the animal collision capital of Victoria.
Cobram’s Tokemata Retreat has received recognition from a global tourism site, receiving a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.
Deniliquin Fire Station will be open from 10am to 2pm tomorrow and families are encouraged to come along and meet their local firefighters and learn more about fire prevention.
There may never be a solution to the Murray-Darling Basin and managing its water — Australia’s greatest natural asset.
Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber tells The Ensign, producers should oppose the sale of the long term lease of the Port by the Andrews Government.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.