Ju­nior Deni stars in South­ern Riv. sides

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

Five De­niliquin Rhi­nos crick­eters have been se­lected in South­ern Rive­rina rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams to con­test the Rive­rina Cricket Zone Un­der 14 and Un­der 16 cham­pi­onship car­ni­vals in Al­bury next week.

Harry Hil­lier and Dy­lan Rother­ham will com­pete in the Un­der 16 Col­ston-Scam­mell Shield com­pe­ti­tion while Tom Bradley, Kai Hil­lier and Char­lie Hil­lier will con­test the Gor­rel Cup, the Rive­rina Un­der 14 cham­pi­onship.

The car­ni­val will be held over three days at var­i­ous grounds around the Al­bury/Wodonga area, start­ing this Sun­day and end­ing Tues­day.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing cricket coun­cils in­clude South­ern Rive­rina, North­ern Rive­rina, Mur­rumbidgee and Cricket Al­bury-Wodonga Coun­try.

Harry and Dy­lan are no strangers to the championships, both hav­ing played in the two pre­vi­ous years, win­ning Rive­rina ti­tles with South­ern Rive­rina at both un­der 14 and Un­der 16 level.

It is the first taste of cricket at this level for Tom, Kai and Char­lie.

Tom rep­re­sented Rive­rina PSSA at the state car­ni­val last year, while Char­lie is off to Bathurst in early De­cem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Rive­rina PSSA at the 2017 state car­ni­val.

Harry and Dy­lan were also mem­bers of the Mur­ray Val­ley McPher­son Shield Un­der 16 pre­mier­ship team last year, while Tom and Char­lie played in the De­niliquin Rhi­nos Un­der 12 side which took out the South­ern Rive­rina Bradley Shield ti­tle last sea­son.

All the play­ers have been de­vel­oped through ju­nior pro­grams with the De­niliquin Rhi­nos over the past four years with Dy­lan now a mem­ber of the Rhi­nos Premier side in the Mur­ray Val­ley and Harry play­ing along­side dad Tim with the Rhi­nos Divi­sion One side.

Tom, Kai and Char­lie have also all had a taste of se­nior cricket, play­ing a game each in Divi­sion One and en­thu­si­as­ti­cally sub­field­ing in Premier matches on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

South­ern Rive­rina ad­min­is­tra­tor Wayne Bradley con­grat­u­lated the boys on their se­lec­tion and paid trib­ute to the ju­nior de­vel­op­ment and rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket pro­grams of the De­niliquin Rhi­nos.

He said th­ese pro­grams have honed the de­vel­op­ment of the boys’ skills to en­able them to gain se­lec­tion at this high stan­dard.

Mr Bradley said it would be the strong­est ever rep­re­sen­ta­tion of De­niliquin play­ers in the his­tory of th­ese car­ni­vals.

Rhi­nos se­nior coach John Arthur will be in charge of the South­ern Rive­rina Un­der 16 team at Al­bury, as­sisted by Phil Rother­ham.

Deni’s Tim Hil­lier will fill a coach­ing role with the Un­der 14 team, as­sist­ing An­thony Hyde from Co­bram.

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