Cricket Shepparton completed a stunning treble of Junior Country Week titles yesterday.By Patrick O'Meara
Cricket Shepparton completed a stunning treble of Junior Country Week titles yesterday.
The competition clean swept the under-16A, under-16B and under-14 finals in comprehensive fashion against Bendigo District.
It is the first-time that junior officials believe Shepparton has secured all three titles in the same year.
Junior co-ordinator Steve Nash said it was an incredible result, especially given that the under-16B and under-14 teams had suffered narrow losses on the opening day.
‘‘I couldn’t have imagined it,’’ Nash said.
‘‘Especially after the first two rounds when the under-16B went down against Goulburn Murray in a really tight game and it was the same with the under-14s.
‘‘They went down on the first day as well, in a game like the under-16Bs, they maybe could have won.
‘‘But to come back from there, I just didn’t see it happening.’’
Nash said it was a strong indication of the strength of Shepparton’s junior cricket.
‘‘It says a lot for Cricket Shepparton,’’ he said.
‘‘It shows that we are going in the right direction with our junior pathways.
‘‘We have been building — last year, we won two and now we have won them all.
‘‘It also says a lot for our clubs.
‘‘They are the ones developing the kids, and I think as I touched on earlier in the week, this gives great progression for the kids, especially in the under-16s, to progress through to senior cricket.
‘‘The games are very good and they are played on the best wickets, with good umpires.’’
He said the fashion in which all three teams had won was the most pleasing element.
‘‘It was three pretty good wins, that is probably the best thing,’’ Nash said.
‘‘We peaked at the right time and that has a lot to do with the coaches and certainly the kids.
‘‘It shows our comp is pretty strong.’’
Nash also praised Bendigo.
‘‘Bendigo they are a well-drilled team, across all the age groups,’’ he said.
‘‘They have got very good structure, are well-coached and for us to be matching them, I would say we are punching a bit above our weight.’’
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