Tigers set to re­main in top four

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

OVENS Val­ley United will al­most cer­tainly go to the Christ­mas break in­side the top four re­gard­less of their re­sult away to Yar­ra­wonga this round.

The Tigers, who were win­less last sea­son, picked up their fifth vic­tory on Satur­day against the Wan­garatta Mag­pies.

The Pies won the toss and bat­ted at McNa­mara Re­serve and got off to a good start as open­ers An­drew Bow­den and Christ Oates put on 39.

Left arm quick, Bai­ley Wy­att, who was called up in the ab­sence of star open­ing bowler Michael New­ton then did the dam­age with the wick­ets of Bow­den and Oates as well as Mag­pies skip­per Zac Guil­foyle.

Wy­att fin­ished with the fig­ures of 3/15 while Corey South­ern (2/22) and Harry Jamieson (2/21) also chipped in as the Pies were skit­tled for just 114.

In­cluded in South­ern’s wick­ets was that of his Myrtle­ford Saints team­mate, Rhys Grant (7).

In re­ply, Jamieson was given the task of open­ing the in­nings and the young­ster car­ried his bat with a pa­tient 28 not out as the Tigers made the runs just four wick­ets down, but in the last over of play.

Guil­foyle proved the most prob­lem­atic for the home bats­man with the medium pacer pick­ing up a miserly 3/6 from eight overs to have the Tigers in a spot of bother at 4/58.

Stand in cap­tain, Ryan Withers, was then again the ac­cel­er­a­tor for Ovens Val­ley as his un­beaten 46 saw the Tigers home.

Withers av­er­ages 40.75 with the bat this sea­son and has re­mained un­beaten when called upon for lead­er­ship du­ties.

In A Re­serve, Ovens Val­ley’s 4/125 was eas­ily reeled in by Beech­worth.

Michael Elliot (32) and Tom Chet­tle­burgh (29) got starts for the Tigers while Ryan Har­ris con­tin­ued his good form with 2/22.

Young­ster Josh Jones also con­tin­ues to im­press, tak­ing 2/24 af­ter be­ing called up from B Grade.

Amaz­ingly, the B grade Tigers had a tie with both teams fin­ish­ing on 99 af­ter their 36 overs. Ni­cholas Bleeser had a day out, tak­ing 5/14. HIGH COM­PE­TENCE: A lo­cal fam­ily has made Aus­tralian Kyokushin his­tory. Alpine Shinkyokushin Dojo sen­sei Sue Texler and her daugh­ters Natalie Texler and An­neliese Knight are now all black belts. It is the first in­stance since Kyokushin was in­tro­duced to Aus­tralia in the 1960s that a mother and two daugh­ters have achieved their black belts in the dis­ci­pline. Former Wandiligong res­i­dent Natalie gained her 1st Dan Black Belt at the Shinkyokushin Karate Na­tional Camp grad­ing in Can­berra re­cently. Sen­sei Sue gained her 3rd Dan Black Belt in 2016 while An­neliese who is now liv­ing and train­ing in Quean­beyan gained her 1st Dan Black Belt in 2013. Sem­pai Natalie cur­rently re­sides and trains in Ade­laide. All three girls com­menced train­ing in Pore­punkah in the early 2000s. They were joined by other mem­bers of Alpine Dojo at the Shinkyokushin Karate Na­tional Camp on Novem­ber 23.

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