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A Grade match report
LAST weekend featured a rare Saturday/Sun-
day game as the young Island first eleven played
at Cowes in front of a nice little crowd (about 20
which is huge for local cricket).
The Sharks came up against the Nerrena Red-
caps who made the Grand Final last year.
Michael Young was handed his A grade debut
for his recent run of form with the bat and Anton
Thomas came into the side to assist with some
Captain Lochie Cleeland, fresh from surfing a
few waves, won the toss, elected to bat and strode
out to the middle with teammate and fellow mem-
ber of the long-haired clan, Brodie Johnston.
After a slow start Johnston tried to up the mo-
mentum but could only up the ball into the hands
of the mid-wicket fielder and he was out for 11.
Club legend Russell "Huck" Cleeland joined his
nephew Lochie at the crease, unfortunately for
Huck he forgot to place his bat back in the crease
after playing a defensive shot and was out for just
2. Theekshana Hettiarachchi (T.K for short) ar-
rived at number 4.
T.K and Cleeland put together a lovely partner-
ship of 93 with Cleeland doing most of the dam-
age, T.K out for 30 and Jack Keating came to the
crease, looked amazing the entire time he was out
there (all 7 balls).
The young fella tried a little too much too early.
Michael Young joined Cleeland who was all of a
sudden on 97!
All players stayed in their seats, before standing
and applauding a fantastic captain's knock!
The young skipper showed very little emotion,
just a simple raise of the bat and on he went.
Cleeland was out a short time later for 107 and
was given a very warm reception by all teammates
and fans around as he came back to the sheds.
After Scott Boyack was given out LBW, (very stiff
by the way), Charith Keerthisingthe joined Young
and they calmly batted to stumps, hitting up some
good runs in the process.
The Island finished with 221 and had plenty to
Day 2: Lochie made sure the boys got to the
ground an hour before play, other than Simon,
who did his pre-game warm up on the front nine.
Scott Boyack and Simon Kirton opened the
bowling and the latter did as his nickname sug-
gests and bowled with real heat.
Taking two early wickets, he had the Redcaps
ducking for cover with some quality short balls.
Charith Keerthisingthe came into the attack for
Boyack with very quick effect. Nerrena 4/48 and
That became 7/99 with tight bowling from the
Redcaps all-rounder Tim Whiteman made 61
with some rearguard batting but it wasn't enough
as Keerthisingthe, Cox and Boyack cleaned up the
tail; the visitors all out for 172 and Phillip Island
celebrated in style.
B Grade match report
Travelling to Nerrena for a Saturday/Sunday
fixture was never going to be an easy task for the
lads, however things started off well having won
the toss and without hesitation Hornsby elected
Parsons and Brown opened the innings for the
Island; however both were soon back in the pavil-
ion having made 1 & 2 respectively.
This brought new man Greg Eddy and A grade
keeper Jarrod Black together to steady the ship,
Eddy putting on 24 for his maiden bat for the
Hornsby walked to the middle to join Black and
together the pair built a brilliant partnership to
lay the platform for our boys to launch from.
The pair were going along beautifully put-
ting away the bad ball and respecting the good
ones until Black was drowned in Honey from the
Nerrena bowlers, skying a pull shot that barely
cleared the pitch to be C&B for a well made 89.
Unfortunately only a few balls later Hornsby
followed Black back to the rooms when he was
caught on the boundary for 33 and from there the
wickets fell a touch too regularly.
Epifano put on an entertaining 23 with a hard
swinging cameo from Kenter putting on an enter-
The Island team being bowled out 3.1 overs
short for 218.
Black 89, Hornsby 33, Eddy 24, Epifano 23
Returning on the Sunday with high expectations of
victory, the lads nearly had the ideal start with the
Nerrena opener snicking one off the Wright first ball,
but unfortunately the tough chance was grassed.
From there it was tough going for the guys, al-
though they were able to stem the run flow quite
well, wickets were tough to come by, Quirk got the
opening break through with the score at 47
This brought the Nerrena skipper, Murphy, to
the crease and together with the old head of "Tex"
Telfer, the pair took the score to 139 before Wil-
son snuck one through to Bowl Telfer for 41.
Things were looking tough from there but the
boys never gave up on their sights of victory tak-
ing the next few wickets fairly cheaply with the
prize of Murphy finally falling for 80.
Unfortunately from there some of the Nerrana
lower order batsmen swung hard from the start
and the runs just couldn't be stopped with the
home team passing the score 5 down with 2 and
a half overs to spare.
A tough weekend for the lads but some good
signs and some things to work on.
Wilson 2/46 off 18, Wright 1/38 off 11, Brown
1/47 off 14, Quirk 1/25 off 9.
C Grade gets a much needed win as Mick Taylor
steps up to the mark!
Mick Taylor steps out of the shadows of his fa-
mous brother to steer his side to an exciting win!!
Phillip Islands C Grade hosted the boys from
Inverloch at Newhaven.
In what was a trying week at the selection table,
we finally came up with 11 fine athletes to repre-
sent our club.
With Captain Peter Francis unavailable due to
sending off his son Max to Sydney (and we wish
Max all the best in his new career) - the Captaincy
was thrown to much younger John Johnston.
We recruited Malcolm Marshall, Mick Taylor
and to keep with C Grade tradition of Father/ Son
combo, Darcy Johnston made a welcome return
Things started badly with a loss of the toss and
we were asked to field.
We opened with tearaway quick Josh Excell (1-
18) down wind.
He was originally going to bowl into the wind
but it was so strong we feared his slight frame
may of been blown off course!
Josh did not let his team mates down, bowl-
ing a devastating spell and was rewarded with the
wicket of in form Inverloch batsman, Johnson,
when he got one to the rear from a good length
and the batsman could only protect himself and
the ball flew to Malcolm at point.
He was replaced by Jack Spencer (2-11) who
also bowled well and chimed in for 2 wickets.
Wade Patterson (0-29) was the unlucky bowler
as he had both batsman dropped as the team had
a bad spell and lost concentration but we bounced
back when Captain Johnston (3-18)brought him-
self on and had the dangerous Williams brilliantly
caught in the outfield by the lesser known Taylor,
Mick, brother of the famous but elusive Gerald.
Readers would remember the season that GT
had a few years ago wreaking havoc with the op-
position, sadly an injury cut short his career, but
Mick has stepped in and by what we saw on Sat-
urday, he may well be as good if not better than
the great man.
Johno then took a caught and bowled and Mark
Christopher another handy catch behind.
So we were back in the game.
At the other end, Darcy Johnston (2-16) had the
batsman mesmerized and all but stopped their
He was rewarded with the final 2 wickets.
Darcy's ground fielding was outstanding, the
likes not been seen since GT was prowling the
covers. Strangely enough the Inverloch bats just
kept hitting the ball within Darcy's wide range
and taking him on.
One too many, when Johnston gathered the ball
one handed and threw the stumps down side on.
That's the standard we expect in C 1!
We were chasing 120.
Things started ok but John Johnston tried one
too many cut shots and dragged one back onto his
stumps, Andy Finlayson then got a howler of an
LBW decision and after a couple of lusty hits by
Mick Cleary he too was back in the shed and we
were looking a bit fragile at 3-35.
Darcy couldn't hit or see the ball and he went
back with the others.
Mick Taylor(brother of GT) joined Mark Chris-
topher who was just starting to get back some
form. They steadied the ship and put on a valu-
able 44 run partnership.
But just as it looked like us cruising to victory,
Mark was run out, for the second week in a row,
for a well made 36.
Patto came and went and again we found our-
selves in trouble.
Young Jack Spencer joined Mick (brother of you
know who) and went about knocking the final 30
We were getting a bit nervous as with only 2
overs to go we still needed 7 runs and the danger-
ous Williams set to bowl.
No problems, young Jack put him to the bound-
ary in consecutive balls and we win!
What a great effort by the young man, a game he
won't forget with 2 wickets and 15 not out.
The applause must go to Mick Taylor after not
having held a bat for three years , to steer his side
to the win in the way he did was brilliant and he
finished with29 not out.
He defiantly has stepped out of the shadows of
his famous brother!
A great all round effort and a much needed win.
Let's continue on next week.
sets up the Sharks
The Cowes Primary Boys Softball team. They are Thomas Fokkens, Jack Opitz, Cain
Teitz, Darcy Excell, Max Carpi, Tom Niven, Lachlan Taylor, Nick White, Hayden Smith,
Harry Kalis, Thomas Zorzut and Manni Tarce.
Cowes competes in
state softball titles
GRADE 5 and 6 students
from Cowes Primary re-
cently competed at the State
School Softball Titles at
Both our boys and girls
teams had competed well
at district and regional level
with the girls finishing top
in Gippsland and the boys
Both teams were invited
to compete at the state com-
petition which involves a
round robin against teams
from all the regions across
The girls did a great job
to win their first match but
then were defeated in their
second two matches.
The girls' game has de-
veloped well over the year,
with team members training
hard each week.
The boys, whilst not man-
aging to secure a win on the
day, also showed great team
spirit and determination
against some very experi-
A huge thank you goes to
Lisa Walker who has been
training all the students
each Friday for most of the
Lisa gives up her own time
to come in and teach the
students a sport they would
not normally get to experi-
petition on the island.
Thanks Lisa from Cowes
Primary for all your time
The Cowes Primary girls softball team is pictured. They
are Gracie Dempsey, Maddie Stone, Michaela Rosen-
zweig, Jordan Reiter, Georgia Adams, Mia Grills, Paige
Bennett, Darby Williams, Skye Johnson, Laura Vivian,
Jaimee Amato and Tahlia De Angelo.
Shield won by Westernport ladies
THE ladies from Phillip Island Tennis
Club competed against Westernport Ladies
Tennis Club for the Annual 'Eric Marks
Shield' held Wednesday night, November 18
at San Remo.
It was perfect conditions for tennis - warm
and not a breath of wind and a great tennis
competition, laughter and fun and good old-
fashioned hospitality from the Westernport
A big thank you to them for hosting us and
we vow to win back that shield in 2016!
Participants are pictured. Back row, from
left, Sandy Lone, Cailyn Lone, Suzie Her-
rington, Simone Liberman, Naoko Mcrae,
Suzie Jacobs, Kirsty Crooks. Middle row
Natalie Rumble, Melissa Macmillan, Laura
Tust, Mischa Say, Carol Hamilton, Mary
Taylor, Irene Wright, Maria Kirwan, Deb Orr,
Fiona Smart. Front row Jenny Ballard, Kyra
Leary, Elaine Ferteis, Carol Pewtress and Fe-
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