Nuna Junior News

Round 3 – 2020

Club Contacts

Junior Manager – Andrew Siebel 0402 260 545


COVID-19 Officer – Rob Nash 0409 357 642

Club President – David Cowell 0438 569 822

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Nunawading Junior Blasters starts back this week on Friday 4th December

First Session: Friday 4th December 6-7pm
Location: Mahoney’s Reserve Soccer Pitch

Please arrive shortly before the 6pm start time to allow time for COVID sign in. We will have people ready to assist with this and at the beginning of the session we will take care of any other particulars that need to be communicated under our COVID safe plan.

If you haven’t enrolled for the program as yet, it is now time to do so. If you know of anyone wanting to join our great Blasters Program please pass on our information and get them to give me a call if they have any questions. If they simply want to come down and try before signing up bring them along on the night.

The bar will be open for refreshments on the night though at this stage we are not serving food with the COVID restrictions in place. We hope that later in the season circumstances will allow us to get this up and running again too.

We are also still accepting enrolments across all junior teams including Super 7’s and Stage 1 girls.

You will need your child’s MyCricket ID, which you can find by searching by name here: https://mycricket.cricket.com.au/ and the email address with which you originally registered. If you can’t locate the ID just register with a new one.

Registration fees:
Junior Blasters – $100
Super 7s $130 (+$5 CV insurance fee)
Stage 1 Girls – please register interest with myself and Andrew Siebel.

Any problems feel free to contact Daniel Smith (0401 166 952) if you have any questions.

Girls Cricket @ Nuna
Come & try Sessions (7/12 & 14/12)

Robin Ferdinands has arranged for stage 1 girls training to be held at Nuna for the next two Mondays (7/12 & 14/12). These will be bring a friend/come and try days. Rob will need some extra assistance to ensure all the girls are kept active. Training will be set up on Bob Saker Oval and run from 5:00-6.15pm. Please reach out to Rob if you can help and spread the word about the session, which is open to all girls keen to get into cricket.


Round 3 Results

U18 – Coach: David Cowell
Nunawading CC 9/95
Defeated by
Heatherdale CC 5/161

Next Game: vs Blackburn, Morton Park Oval 1 East (5pm Friday 4th December)

U16 – Coach: Scott Millar
NCC 6/111
East Burwood CC 5/71

The 16s played their first home game of the season on Bob Saker Oval. We lost the toss and were asked to bat.

We started with a solid partnership between Harry and Will. Both batted their full 30 balls with Harry getting 23. This was followed by a few contributions from the middle order before Christian Jessup hit a very well made 37 including a big 6 over mid wicket. From that point we collapsed a bit and ended up with 6/111 off our 25 overs.

Our bowling innings was solid without being spectacular. The highlight was Mitchell Clark taking 2 wickets in his first game for Nuna including a wicket first ball through a good one handed catch from Ishaan. We missed a few opportunities we should have taken and allowed them to make 5/71. A fairly comfortable win, but we will need to improve a lot to beat the better sides in the comp.

Next Game: vs East Box Hill, Bob Saker Oval (5pm Friday 4th December)

U14 – Coach: Glen Mackie

We ventured to Ballyshanassy Park to play Blackburn. Jack Keane was captain and won the toss electing to bowl. Our overall bowling performance was slightly better than last week – reducing our extras total from 36 to 35. There is still much room for improvement and at the half way mark (after each player had bowled their first over) I asked all of the bowlers to really concentrate and produce a better over in their second spell. All of the bowlers responded with our second half being much better than our first. Jack O’Meara and Seran both picked up wickets in their second overs which were the only two maidens bowled for the innings. Sanuka also picked up his first wicket for the club.

Blackburn had some reasonably good bats although our leg side bowling assisted them to a healthy total of 3/122 off their 25.

Our batting didn’t get off to a great start losing a couple early on to some good catches and tight bowling. Andrew Fowler’s confidence continues to grow batting for 17 balls getting closer to his personal target of getting through to retirement in a future innings. MJ also batted well for 23 balls and was looking solid before being caught for 3. Josh McMahon and Kaelan batted very well together towards the latter stages of the innings with Kaelan retiring for an excellent 21 off his 30 balls (including 4 boundaries) and Josh remaining not out 9 from his 26 balls faced.

The aim for all the bats over the next few weeks is to continually increase their balls faced count and the runs will take care of themselves. As I keep telling all of the boys its not possible to make runs from the pavilion and as our batting improves with less wickets our scores will also improve. We ended up at 8/78 (with 31 extras). As the batting rotations continue our aim has to be to consolidate a good start and for more batsmen to reach retirement when they get their chance to bat in the top order.

The boys are starting to work together well as a team with some positive encouragement in the field and they will continue to improve over the season.

TidBit Player of the Match: Kaelan for his great batting effort against many of his old school mates.

Next Game: vs Mitcham, Mullauna College (5pm Friday 4th December)

U12A – Coach: Simon Rush


Next game: vs St Davids, Mahoneys Reserve Oval 2 (5pm Friday 4th December)

U12B – Coach: Paul Wood
Nunawading CC 5/130
St Davids CC 105

A challenging away game in 34 degrees heat, we were ready to face St David’s at Donvale having no idea how they would play as we had never played them before.

Eloise was our captain and won the toss we chose to bat which was a good decision because of the heat. We were 2 players short so two players from the under 12As helped us out. It was a good experience to play with them and see the difference in level.

We batted well with Zak and Ben opening. They played well being aggressive when possible, Zak retired after 20 balls after hitting 2 fours. Ben just got into his stride hitting some big shots but was caught out. The rest of the team also batted well with a lot of our players retiring rather than getting out. Nunawading racked up a high score of 5-130 with Hamish adding our first 6 in an innings to the decent total.

We switched to fielding but lucky it wasn’t as hot for us so we could be more vigilant and active. We started off strong with keeping the runs tight and keeping them on defence. Eloise lead by example and took 4 great wickets and our fielding remained tight. They did start to rack up some runs and finished on 105 for 10.

TidBit Player of the Match: After the game Eloise got player of the match for the huge number of wickets.

Report written by Zak Mallen

Next Game: vs Blackburn, Ballyshannassy Park North Oval (5pm Friday 4th December)

Fast 9s – Coach: Jason Griffith
Nunawading 2/77 (19 overs)
Vermont South 3/49 (21 overs)

Ground was wet from overnight rain. Rain showers throughout game. Game shortened to 21 overs per side.

Captain of the week Saul Mallen won the toss and elected to bowl.

Bowling was once again fantastic. 3 maidens to start the innings, ALL bowlers contributed to keep the score down. Vermont South were restricted to 49 from 21 overs.

Rain during break. Conditions for both sides pretty much identical.

We tried something different with the batting, keeping our regular top order batsmen for later in the innings to give some of our other players time batting. It looked like a mistake when we lost an early wicket, but the majority of our players carried their bats. At the end, our last batsman Rylan teamed up with our first retiree to score freely with the match pretty much over. We pulled the side in with Rylan falling one ball short of his complete allocation. He scored 21 off 13 balls to guarantee a win.

The players are starting to gel into a team.

TidBit Player of the Match: Rylan for his magnificent effort batting. Special mention to Jurgen who partnered up well with Rylan at the end.

Next Game: vs Blackburn Stephens (Black), Mahoneys Reserve Oval 2 (9am Sunday 6th December)

Stage 1 Girls (Nuna/Blacky) – Coach: Robin Ferdinands

Our combined team with Blackburn cricket clubs has now grown from 9 to 13 in two weeks. Great to see so many girls playing cricket!

We travelled out to Camberwell to play Wyclif C.C. Our captain for the week, Alyssa Rowe from Blackburn lost the toss and we were sent in to bat. Our girls again batted solidly, losing only 3 wickets for the whole innings. Tanya Seth in her first game for the club did well, with Amelia Kennett, Jessie Pietersz and Penny Loveridge all making valuable contributions and valuing their wicket. After our 20 overs we finished at a respectable 3/58, with our smallest player Matilda Jarrett (Blackburn) top scoring with 4 runs along with Isabel Archbold (Blackburn).

Wyclif started strongly, with one of the opening batters making 13 – a huge score for this level and off only 17 balls! Being a left hander, our girls struggled to adjust their line. Once the opener retired, our girls started to get back into the game. Amelia Kennett starred with her new smoother run up and was unlucky not to get a wicket, conceding only 1 run off her over. Tanya Seth in her first game took our only wicket, which allowed all of our girls to again display their dancing skills! In the end Wyclif was the better team and ended up at 1/69. We could easily have taken a few more wickets, with one ball even passing through the stumps at one stage! A close game, but more importantly the game was played in great spirit and all of our girls continue to improve each week.

TidBit Players of the Match: Players of the match were Amelia Kennett and Isabel Archbold (Blackburn). Well done girls!

Next Game: vs Mitcham, Morton Park Oval 1 East (5pm Wednesday 2nd December)

Super 7s Bosworth – Coach: Manish Sharma

With Manish (coach) away, lots of parents pitched in to help in lots of ways. Kids played amazingly – organised, thinking of each other, being quick but not rushed or silly. Needless to say, Arya clean bowled about 4 batters…

We took 17 wickets!!! Pretty much every kid got one or contributed to one.

I think we went down like 78 to 86 runs, but our 17 wickets to their 8… we definitely played better.

Mantra was a welcome addition to the team.

TidBit Player of the Match: Arya for a great bowling effort!

Next Game: vs Glen Waverley Hawks, Bob Saker Oval (8:30am Saturday 5th December)

Super 7s Jenkin – Coach: Daniel Smith

In wet conditions at Mahoney’s Reserve, Jenkin 7’s won the toss and elected to bowl first. Coming up against a team of mostly second year players from Vermont, our boys were up for the challenge and restricted the scoring early. As the cold set in, umpires and players resorted to star jumps between balls to warm up, whilst the scorers huddled under the marquee to escape the rain. The experienced Vermont team took advantage of our wayward bowling at times through the middle overs, and with an extremely competitive off field parent contingent encouraging their team to run for every bye, Vermont managed to post a healthy total of 5 for 96 off their 20 overs. Josh and Alex both picking up 2 wickets each and Lachie pulling off a great direct hit run out at the bowlers end after bowling tightly in his 3 overs, conceding just 5 runs (must take after his dad!). All the bowlers tried hard in difficult conditions on the day and it was great to see Andersons accuracy and line and length improve across the innings as his confidence grew.

Alex and Lachie opened up and got us off to a good start against some quality bowling for this grade, putting on 8 and 9 runs respectively, before the Vermont “crowd” placed a defensive deep backward square leg in position to stem the run rate. Anderson, Tom, Jensen, Patrick and Alastair all toiled hard against the disciplined bowling attack and will be better for the experience. By the time Josh came in the game was probably out of reach, though starting well with a couple of cracking shots to the deep boundary, he did force the Vermont team once again into their defensive fielding position. At the end of our innings we posted 8-63.

We will work hard at training this week on all aspects of our cricket and whilst we didn’t get the win on the scoreboard this week, we should be proud of the way we play our cricket and encourage our kids to play with the spirit and sportsmanship as is the Nunawading way.

TidBit Player of the Match: Alex Altube for his 2 wickets and measured 8 runs with the bat.

Next Game: vs Nunawading Joyce, Bob Saker Oval (9am Sunday 6th December)

Super 7s Joyce – Coach: Geoff Little

What a great day for cricket Sunday morning was. Our captain for the week was Sam, and he did an amazing job in tough conditions.

We won the toss and elected to bowl, with a wet ball bowling was tough, but overall it was a great team effort. None better than Cooper with 3 wickets. Some great fielding efforts, but wicket keepers, Jed and Cooper were very good too.

Batting once again was tough with limited opportunities, but when the ball was there to hit, we did a great job. Kavish with some nice straight drive was outstanding. Proud coach moment was when opposition coach mentioned that we support each other so well, and our calling between wickets is very good. Everything we have worked on in the 3 short weeks. Very proud coach.

TidBit Player of the Match: Our player of the week is Kavish, who bowled well, fielded really well, but his batting was awesome. Some straight drives, that may not have got runs, were nice to see. Well done Kavish. Can’t wait until Sunday to have you captain the team.

Next Game: vs Nunawading Jenkin, Bob Saker Oval (9am Sunday 6th December)

Super 7s O’Sullivan – Coach: Rob Nurse

A perfect Irish day for cricket (raining consistently but not hard enough to call off the match) on Sunday occurred when O’Sullivans faced Vermont Purple for our first away game of the season. After losing the toss for the 3rd straight week we were sent into the field by a determined Vermont side. The weather didn’t help players or spectators and so it was quite tough to get the team excited, which contributed to a sluggish performance in the field. Our bowling was a little wayward, and we conceded 59 runs to Vermont.

Hats off to Christina Kapsimallis for her wicket keeping debut, as well as keeping the batsmen to 0 runs, 0 wides on her bowling. A very pleasing albeit initially frustrating sight was the players starting to get a better idea for the game. Our batsmen may have attempted a few suicidal singles however it was great to see that energetic spark, where they realise what they have to do in the game to get runs. I feel like we may have started running before we could walk, but we’ll take it as a very good learning experience for the future.

We had a solid batting performance where no one stood out, however it must be noted that the opposition bowling was accurate and hard to get away for runs – causing us to end on 44 runs at the end of the innings. Overall a good learning experience for coach and players alike.

TidBit Player of the Match: Christina Kapsimallis for her solid play in front and behind the stumps!

Next Game: vs Templestowe, Templestowe Reserve Oval 1 (9am Sunday 6th December)

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