The school holidays are a popular time for a trip away. However if you are a lucky cricket parent there is a possibility that your trip could include just a bit of time at one of the various junior cricket carnivals that are held around the state.
Again this year the North Shore Junior cricket association had a number of teams incorporate some cricket into the holiday break with Ballina, Lismore and Newcastle all seeing their share of junior cricketers in town.
Newcastle JCA hosted the Graeme Malcolm Shield each year. Our North Shore U14 team progress through the 4 rounds undefeated to reach the final. This year the contest brought them up against the only other undefeated side at the carnival, Northern Districts. After winning the toss and batting first North Shore set a solid total which the side successfully defended to finish the week as the only undefeated team of the carnival and winners of the Graeme Malcolm Shield for 2018.
Graeme Malcolm Shield Final Scorecard
Ballina JDCA annually host the L.J Hooker Carnival. Our North Shore U13 team had some very good results in the rounds finishing with 4 wins from 5 matches. This year however the first match against Central Coast proved to be the pivotal match as Central Coast were successful in their next rounds as well. The result being that Central Coast advance to the semi finals from Pool B ahead of the North Shore team.
The eventual winners of the L.J Hooker Carnival for 2018 were Manly Warringah.
Lismore DJCA held the U12 Carnival where the North Shore U12 side progressed from Pool D to the finals stages despite a last ball loss to their main competition within their pool in the final round match. Having made the finals they defeated Hornsby Ku ring gai and Hills in the semi final to earn the right to play Hunter Valley, who were unbeaten in the carnival to that point, in the Final. Having won the toss North Shore put the runs on the board and followed up with a misery showing in the field to constrict Hunter Valleys scoring opportunities and consequently take the wickets requird to close out the game and win the Lismore Workers Club Shield for 2018.
Read a bit more about it at:
Spirit of cricket a shore thing - Northern Star
Lismore U12 Carnival Final Scorecard
Newcastle JCA also hosted the Ron Arendts Memorial Shield each year. Our North Shore U11 team progress through the 4 rounds undefeated to reach the final. This year the contest brought them up against a Hawkesbury side also on a winning streak after regrouping from a close loss in their first match of the carnival. Hawkesbury’s winning streak continued as far as the toss and having batted second with some success they asked the North Shore side to bat first. North Shore batted their full compliment of over to set a total that Hawkesbury was unable to achieve due to some very economical bowling, leaving North Shore the winners of the Ron Arendts Memorial Shield for 2018.
And if you wanted to see some of the action there is 5 1/2 hours of it right here:
Final - Live streamed by Bar TV Sport
Ron Arendts Memorial Shield Final Scorecard
Special credit must be given to the team’s coaches and managers who have done a wonderful job to organise all of the players and families required to get these teams on the ground and ready to play at these fanatastic venues around the state.
Congratulations obviously go to all our teams who represented the North Shore in these carnivals. Well done to all of the players on your results and personal achievements.
Finally, these tour style events allow many teams and individuals to meet and compete against opponents they would not otherwise have the opportunity to, and for that, we wish to thanks the organising committees of each of these tournaments. Your efforts are appreciated.
Lismore U13 Carnival Final Scorecard