A lot of focus is on the Senior Grades and how they are travelling, now it's time for our Annual Xmas look at the younger Magpies at the club... The Juniors. Currently we have 16 junior kids filtering thru our 5 senior sides, probably the most ever and all of them are playing their part including our under 17s skipper Tanner Bruhn who recently debuted in our 1st XI. The Oldest Juniors the Under 17s are travelling along nicely currently sitting 3rd on the ladder. They finished December strongly beating off both sides above them to show that they are real contenders this season. Matty Tattersall leads the way with both bat and ball however it's his dominance with the ball that stands out. 15 wickets at an average just under 8 is a great return for a young bowler. Luca La Cava has 8 wickets from just 4 games to be sitting in 2nd place. Tattsy also leads the runs with Josh Hartshorne, Tanner Bruhn and Charlie Lazzaro all close behind him having all hit over 100 runs for the year to date. Let's hope these guys can continue their December form and hit 2018 running, with finals definitely on the horizon. Finals are also on the Horizon for our Under 15 guys who are currently sitting 2nd with a 5-2 win loss record. The guys dropped their first game of the year way back in October before being comprehensively beaten by the undefeated South Barwon. Will Milsome leads the way with the bat, having made 230 runs til Xmas. Archie Lazzaro isn't far behind with 135 whilst Liam Blackford deserves a mention having only played 3 innings, he sits on 94 runs having only been dismissed once this year. With the ball it's more of a shared effort with Leg Spinner Darcy O'Brien leading the wicket tally with 7 scalps. Josh Rhodes is close behind him with 6 and Darcy Lane isn't far off either with 5. Let's hope these guys can continue on and have a chance to defend their premiership from last year come March. For the past 5 years our Under 13s have celebrated the success of premierships, some of these kids are now playing in our Under 17s as they progress thru the grades, however this year won't be the success of a premiership and instead a year of consistent improvement. The young guys started the year off ok, tieing with Jan Juc in round 1 and winning in Round 2, however their next win didn't come til the last week before the Christmas break and that means they currently sit 8th on the ladder. Josh Kirby leads the way with the bat having made 125 runs for the year. Ben Demasi and Mitchel Elliott are close behind him, whilst all 3 of these kids also lead the wicket takers with 5 wickets each. With 3 games to go it looks as though finals may be out of the question for these guys, however the continued improvement from all the players will still garauntee that this year as a success. For the first year in quite some time, the Under 11 sides don't use mycricket, therefore stats and ladder positions aren't being recorded. For the 2nd year in a row we have managed to fill 2 Under 11 sides. Under 11 Black is coached by club legend Baden Lucas, whilst Under 11 White is looked after by Clinton Ward and Brad Brown. So far Under 11 Black is leading the way without a loss til Christmas. Fred Lucas is closely following in Brother Hamish and Father Baden's footsteps and leading the way with the bat. He's got plenty of support with Liam Biddiscombe, Harvey Marles and Finn Hobbs all chipping in throughout the year as the young guys pile on the runs. Liam Biddiscombe has taken wickets just about every week also to be a leading candidate as a bowler in years to come. Under 11 White looks to be the younger side and haven't had as much success as the Black team has but they still have plenty of contributors such as Bradlee Elliott, Ben Dimovski, Austin Seg and Lachlan Eggins. Not only do we have the 5 Friday/Saturday Junior sides we also have the 2 girl sides that play on Sunday. We have the U15 girls coached by Col Millard and also the U18 girls coached be Brett Kirby.
Brett's U18s girls side have won 3 games and lost just the one game on the eve of the Christmas break. Weather washed out 2 games meaning that they've only played on 4 occasions. They currently sit 2nd on the ladder and with 4 games left in the regular season, finals is all but a certainty, seeing as tho there are only 4 teams in the comp and its a 4 team final series. Sarah Kirby and Jordyn Stewart have lead the way with the bat, they both currently average over 30 which is handy in any grade of cricket. Sarah's sister, Sophie takes the honours with the ball as she leads the side with 3 wickets at an average of just 7, another with 3 dismissals is Abbie Thomas who looks to be a promising all rounder. The U15s aren't to be outdone either as they are currently sitting 2nd with 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss. The younger girl brigade have been piling on the runs of late mainly thanks to the talents of Sienna Bruhn (Tanner's younger sister). She has made 114 runs so far with a highest score of 59 in which she did that off just 17 balls. Sienna also has the most wickets in the side with 4 scalps to her name. With finals on the cards for these girls as well it's an exciting time to be involved in Girls cricket. The Christmas break is now upon us and with a handful of games to go in each of the Junior competitions the club is setup and in a great place to challenge for more premiership success in the business end of the season. Girls cricket is also progressing along and I think we will all agree that the giant step we have made into girls cricket gets a big tick. For now enjoy the break and we'll see you all back in the new year.