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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – PAGE 5
MEYER SHIELD PREVIEW
returned as winners from
its 16th trip to Mildura for
the Australian Cricket Club
Championships held between
Christmas and New Year.
The club fielded two sides in the A
and B-grades of the competition.
The A team recovered from a poor
first game to narrowly qualify for the
final, which they won comprehensively
at the Coomealla ground across the
Murray River in NSW.
This resulted in a $1000 cash windfall
for the club and its seventh Willowfest
The B team also played some
good cricket and steadily improved
throughout the week.
Despite not winning a game, the
second side enjoyed the experience.
Players in both teams gained
valuable match practice to bring back
to their regular season competitions.
Kangarilla 40 lost to Mildura
Demons 7/311 (S.Lester 13 & 3/57)
Mercantile CA 126 (M.Linahan 58 &
3/15, J.Coates 40)
Kangarilla 6/141 lost to Mildura
Demons 7/144 (J.McGinty 48,
J.Coates 44, T.Rajapaske 2/12)
Kangarilla 5/216 defeated Nichols
Point 9/214 (M.Thorpe 55, S.Lester
46, N.Lester 4/31)
Final - Kangarilla 8/212 defeated
(R.Campbell 47, S.Calarco 44 & 2/21)
Kangarilla 78 lost to Southern
Binjara 7/367 (T.Adamson 41 & 3/77)
Kangarilla 7/66 lost to Hutt River
8/149 (T.Adamson 30 & 3/28,
C.Stevens 24, D.McKenzie 3/28)
Kangarilla 4/82 lost to Johnnie
Walker XI 4/163 (C.Stevens 19,
Kangarilla 101 lost to Mildura Ducks
182 (C.Stevens 22, G.Dixon 3/26,
Kangarilla 176 lost to Mildura
Ducks 8/218 (D.McKenzie 46 & 3/53,
By Matt Pistola
The Hills Cricket Association
will enter this weekend’s 2016
Fleurieu and Districts senior
cricket championships keen to
break a drought of success as
the tournament host.
The annual titles will be played at
venues within the Hills association’s
southern area, with two rounds of
qualifying matches to be held on
Saturday and Sunday.
The two best performing teams will
the square off for the prestigious Harry
Meyer Shield in the final to be held on
Tuesday’s Australia Day holiday.
Six associations will contest the
championships, namely defending
title- holder Hills, Alexandra & Eastern
Hills, Great Southern, Kangaroo Island,
Great Southern, Murray Towns and
Adelaide Hills regional representative
teams have dominated the Meyer
carnival since 2003, with Hills winning
the prestigious shield on eight
occasions, Torrens Valley four times
and A&EH once.
Despite having previous Meyer Shield
triumphs in 1990, 1991, 2003, 2005,
2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and
2015, the Hills representative team is
still yet to taste success on home soil.
Ten members of last season’s
Kangaroo Island success were retained
in this season’s training squad - namely
Meadows duo Angus Frazer and Luke
Tonkin, Flagstaff Hill’s Cameron Cox,
Kyle Petty and Will Goulding, Happy
Valley’s Jake Turnbull, Kangarilla’s
Steven Featherstone, Scott Creek
Ironbank’s Ben McGowan, Stirling’s
Dan Gonzales and Uraidla’s Dylan
Brown – who is now plying his trade at
Champion Meadows all-rounder
Rohan Reid has returned from last
year’s absence to guide the team,
with off-field assistance from Tarque
Williamson and Paul Farrin.
Also named in the initial squad were
Meadows trio Haydn Reid, Matt Pethick
and Chad Dawe, Andy Adams of SCIB,
Aldgate duo Ben Duncan and Kaylem
Short and Uraidla’s Pat Kepa and
The final squad – to be selected in the
lead-up to the tournament, is likely to
feature a feature a blend of experienced
campaigners and youthful exuberance
A number of quality all-rounders are
likely to provide great depth to the team
with both bat and ball.
A&EH shoot for four
The Alexandra & Eastern Hills Cricket
Association enter this season’s carnival
on the hunt for a fourth title since the
body was formed in the early 1980s to
add to its previous successes in 1989,
1997 and 2014.
Prior to that, the former Mt Barker and
Eastern Hills Association won in 1965,
1966, 1967, 1969, 1972 and 1974, and
the now defunct Alexandra combination
won in 1973, 1976 and 1977.
The A&EH team will again be led by
Woodside paceman Aaron Galvin, with
a 25-man preliminary squad due to be
reduced to 13 at a final training session
last night (Tuesday).
The training squad features a blend
of youth and experience as the
association aims to reclaim the shield
after breaking a victory drought in the
Murraylands in 2014.
Included in this year’s selection
were Nairne’s Elliott Wright, Nick
Williams, Chad Harrop, Kym Heinrich,
Luke Harrowfield and Mitch Hein,
Woodside’s Dave Wescombe, Shane
Druwitt, Galvin, Craig Smith and Brad
Collins, Strathalbyn’s Mark Abbott,
Steve Schofield and Nathan Pelle,
Langhorne Creek trio Matt Tonkin,
Shaun Golding and Todd Dellatorre,
Lobethal’s Ben Matthews, Mitch Weeks,
Daniel Norsworthy and Sam Graeber,
and Ashbourne’s Tim Dellatorre, Ben
Griffiths, Corey Nesbitt and Chris
A good feeling surrounds the Torrens
Valley Cricket Association squad as it
eagerly anticipates an opening round
clash with neighboring rival Alexandra
& Eastern Hills.
Torrens Valley will field a new-
look combination for this season’s
championships, with only Paracombe
quartet Alec Walsh, Simon Barnes,
Rob Medlow and Aaron McArdle, and
Cambrai’s Scott Eichler returning from
the 2015 Kangaroo Island travelling
Added to this season’s squad are
Cambrai’s Jacob Grieger, Lenswood
duo Jeremey Snoad and Dave
Westrych, Palmer’s experienced Craig
Paech and 16-year old paceman Jack
Woollard, Eden Valley wicket-taking
machine John Roesler and Gumeracha
duo Rhys Dutschke and Steve
The biggest inclusion to the squad
however is that of Palmer captain
Tyson Rathjen – who has returned to
representative cricket after several
years of absence.
Key all-rounder Rathjen will lead the
Torrens Valley squad with Paracombe
wicket-keeper Medlow acting as his
Rathjen’s inclusion will somewhat
offset this season’s unavailability of
champion Gumeracha all-rounder Cam
Sumner – who was recently a member
of SA’s successful national Country
Although largely inexperienced in
the representative arena, the squad
made up entirely of players still in
the finals hunt, is focused on giving a
good account of itself in what shapes
as an exciting learning platform for the
younger members of the squad.
Saturday’s opening round of Meyer
Shield fixtures pits Hills against Murray
Towns at Meadows Oval, Torrens
Valley tackle Alexandra & Eastern Hills
at Flagstaff Hill, and Kangaroo Island
clash with Great Southern at Yaroona
Oval (Kangarilla) – which will serve as
the tournament headquarters.
Hills chase home success
Jawid Hussain played his first game of cricket in Australia last Saturday for the Basket
The Afghani refugee who learned to play on the streets of Pakistan took 1/5 and a
catch in his first game on a grassed oval.
Hussain said after the experience that he had a lot of fun and looks forward to many
more games for the Basket Range ‘Dragons’.
Members of the winning Kangarilla A-grade squad and their cheque for $1000.
It was the seventh Willowfest premiership for Kangarilla.
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