Tigers roar with thrilling win
Mt Beauty local and 2017 champion Ben McIlroy (pictured) once again proved too good in the conditions claiming a second straight McKayos win on Sunday. A record 250 competitors took to the snow and trails on and down Falls Creek to close the 2018 winter. The fourth and biggest McKayos Challenge did not disappoint as riders set off from 1770m above sea level for a chaotic mass start on a metre of snow before winding their way along the 20km course to the beautiful shoreline of Lake Guy at 670m in Bogong Village. The fastest woman down the mountain was Goele Schmitz. BY TATE SPITERI
OVENS Valley United has wasted no time in putting a winless 2017-18 season behind them with a thrilling round one win over Rovers United Bruck at McNamara Reserve on Saturday.
Chasing 152 for victory the Tigers looked in all sorts of trouble at 4/34 after Jack Haycock, Tom Chettleburgh, Lochie Hourigan and Michael Newton all departed for single figures.
Bright’s Dylan Bursill (58), one of three former Wanderers in the side then combined with Corey Southern (14) for a steadying 47run partnership.
It appeared the Tigers had simply put respect back into the score line but stand-in captain Ryan Withers had other ideas.
After Bursill departed with the team still needing another 52 for victory the Englishman exploded with a match winning 49 that included an array of audacious strokes including a ramp over the wicketkeeper for four.
Withers flawed some impressive boundaries but also worked the ball into the gaps late in the innings as he guided the Tigers home in the final over.
Michael Speed (4) and Harry Jamieson (1 not out) were involved in valuable partnerships with Withers, mostly watching from the non-striker’s end.
With the ball, star opening bowler Michael Newton was the pick of the bunch colelcting 2/14 from his eight overs.
Jamieson also bowled particularly well in his A grade debut, taking 1/13 off six overs including the big wicket of Hawks captain Jacob Schonafinger.
In A reserve, Ovens Valley held on in a high scoring clash with City Colts at Barr Reserve.
The Tigers posted an imposing 5/193 from their 32 overs with Seamus Phillips smashing 72 and openers Scott McNamara (34) and Michael Elliot (21) batting well.
Bailey Wyatt was the best bowler for the day, taking an economical 1/19 off seven overs while Harrison Dalbosco was the only multiple wicket taker with 2/41 as City Colts finished 8/180.
The A grade Tigers host Delatite at McNamara Reserve on Saturday while A Reserve will meet Beechworth in Stanley. Myrtleford - at Standish Street Surgery Bright - at Bright Medical Centre Ph 03 52 431 019 Email email@example.com Myrtleford, 47 Clyde Street Phone 5752 1151 Fax 5752 2992 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Marita Samuelsson BHlthSc(Podiatry).MAPodA Myrtleford: 1-7 Albert St. Bright: Alpine Community Health Centre, Cobden St. Phone 5751 1022
JUBILATION: Ovens Valley players celebrate their final over win against Rovers United Bruck in the opening round of the WDCA season.