Tigers roar with thrilling win

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

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 gee­long­hear­ing@qual­tone­group.com Myrtle­ford, 47 Clyde Street Phone 5752 1151 Fax 5752 2992 Email info@ovib.com.au Marita Sa­muels­son BHlthSc(Po­di­a­try).MAPodA Myrtle­ford: 1-7 Al­bert St. Bright: Alpine Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre, Cob­den St. Phone 5751 1022

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

JUBILATION: Ovens Val­ley play­ers cel­e­brate their fi­nal over win against Rovers United Bruck in the open­ing round of the WDCA sea­son.

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