Mansfield Courier

Junior cricket award presentati­ons

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MANSFIELD Junior Cricket Associatio­n celebrated the end of season 2014/ 15 l ast Wednesday at Lords Reserve.

An awards ceremony and barbecue was held following the last under 12s game for the season, which was played at Lords to give the younger brigade a taste of turf-wicket cricket.

MJCA president Peter Scales thanked fellow committee members, coaches from the various age categories, as well as all parents and helpers for their contributi­ons to a great season.

“The big change this year has been shifting our under 14s and under 16s into the Wangaratta and District Junior Cricket Associatio­n,” Scales said.

“This has t aken a l ot of work, but it has been very satisfying to see our boys competing well in a stronger competitio­n,”

Scales thanked Tim Davidson for running another successful Milo Cricket program, as well as Ken Cousins and Delatite CC for their support with turf wicket preparatio­n during the season.

Scales also paid thanks to MJCA’s sponsors, Bendigo Community Bank, FoxAg, Billy Mahoney Electrical, O’Malley’s Pizza, Choices Milkbar, Sports First and Tolmie Catbarn.

Under 16s coach Mark Sampson announced Patrick Marks as the batting and bowling award winner.

Marks also captained the side, as well as competing in senior cricket for Delatite, so has had a huge and successful year of cricket.

Alastair Bennett was awarded the coach’s award for his sportsmans­hip, determinat­ion, reliabilit­y and teamwork.

Assistant coach Todd Howland ran through some of the team’s highlights, which included Marks and Joel Sanford both retiring on 63 not out in the Phillip Hughes tribute round.

Under 14 awards winners were Max Scott for batting and Lachie Scales for bowling.

Coach Peter Scales bestowed his coach’s award on Riley Tanner, f or his great return to cricket after a couple of seasons away from the game.

Tanner’s bowling improved greatly through the season, due to his willingnes­s to train hard and to listen and learn.

Scales praised the captaincy of Sam Thomson, and said he looked forward to seeing most of this group, who are bottom-age, playing together again next season.

Under 12s coach Rachelle Roberts then presented medallions to all of the players.

She thanked Rohan Berriman, Nick Berry and Tony Storer for their coaching assistance, and praised all of the players for their great improvemen­t, as well as their teamwork, sportsmans­hip and companions­hip.

The evening ended with the drawing of a raffle.

First prize of a cricket cooler went to Erin Browning, second prize of a bat signed by the Melbourne Stars players went to Connor Healy, and third prize of an Ipod dock was picked up by Will Roberts.

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