Sunbury into Mc’s Grand Final!

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Sunbury defeated Woodend at Clarke Oval and will host this seasons GDCA McIntyre Cup Grand Final.  In what will be a tight contest the inform Sunbury team come up against premiers from two seasons ago Riddell who soundly accounted for Bacchus Marsh on the week-end. Capt / Coach Jason McGann has had a stella year having taken 50 wickets in the home and away season and winning the competition bowling average and points aggregate. We all know that to win a grand final is a team effort so it is up to the whole team to stand tall and redeem last years painful loss.

There were mixed emotions as there often is at this time of the season at all cricket clubs.

At Sunbury unfortunately our U14 team lost to Gisborne Redbacks in the Grand Final played at Clarke Oval. Sunbury batted on the first day posting 121 runs which proved not enough against the strong  Gisborne batting line up. As the game was in the balance late in the  innings Sunbury missed a couple of difficult chances and was unable to peg back the initiative.

Sunbury Coach Daniel Boyd addressed his team after the match saying he was very proud of the teams efforts during the season having won nine games straight, exceeding all expectations. Dan thanked Team Manager Kelly Gray for her outstanding contribution throughout the season.

Sunbury CC 3rd XI went down in a tight battle against the much favoured East Sunbury team in the E grade semi-final. Set 220 runs to win East Sunbury passed the score in the second last over. In tight matches such as these it is a matter of one half chance that can be the difference in the result.

So a top effort by our team for the season and a bright future for the club considering the contribution from young players such as Dylan Douglas, Nathan Marshall and Bryce Williamson.

Our U16 are playing off in the Consolation Final against Rupertswood Gold at Rupertwood. In a low scoring affair it is proving a tight battle that is due to resume this Saturday morning. Sunbury require only 13 runs to win however with only a couple wickets in hand. Get down to Rupertswood to watch the nail-biting finish early on Saturday morning.

Irrespective of the result in this match the Sunbury U16 team has unearthed some real talent for the future. Dylan Landt, Kyle Corcoran and Jordan Pearson have already made valuable contributions at senior level this season and should continue to improve into next season and through hard work and perseverance become fine Sunbury players.

There is much anticipation and excitement surrounding  the Sunbury CC 1st XI this weekend as our team tackle a highly rated Riddell outfit in the GDCA McIntyre Cup Grand Final at Clarke Oval. This is a huge opportunity for our team to win our sixth GDCA senior grade (A Grade / McIntyre Cup) premiership and go down in history as one of our greatest teams to wear the Royal Blue.

So forget about all those things that are boring me as a write like household maintenance, AFL games between two interstate teams and Aunty June’s Sunday afternoon tea. So don’t give me any lame excuses, grab your Royal Blue shirt and cap, get down to the Clarke, have a chat to your current or ex team mates and show your support. Come and watch our team write their own history, Go Sunbury!

Yours in cricket,

Marty Kelders

SCC Secretary

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