Milo T20 Blast Cup Success

On Tuesday 28th October, boys and girls from Years 5 and 6 participated in the ACT/Southern NSW Milo T20 Blast School Cup Final cricket competition. The ?Super 8s? cricket carnivals have been successful for many years and since the emergence of Twenty20 cricket, the competition has evolved to give children a taste of the action by involving them in small-sided games with many elements of the exciting format.

Each year, the opportunity to participate is open to all students in Years 5 and 6, with positions highly contested and secured during lunchtime trials. Pleasingly, the teams this year consisted of many students who only play socially and attained their first experience of competitive cricket at the event.

After success at the Northside Cup in Term 3, the girls? team arrived excited, with a will to do their absolute best whilst having as much fun as possible! The girls faced some very tough competition from interstate teams and despite only one win, their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game did not diminish. Grace Kuchlmayr captained the group with great leadership and respect, and their cohesiveness as a team increased notably throughout the day. Accompanied by Nerida Dyne, not only was their skill with both bat and ball impressive, but their actions to ensure fairness and sportsmanship were upheld was to be admired.

The boys? initiated a far more competitive approach to the day, equipped with wooden bats and a strategy to utilise each individual?s strengths. In the lead up to the day, many lunchtime were spent in the nets training and those fairly new to the game aimed to grasp as much as possible prior to the finals day. Captained by experienced cricketer Dylan Fernando, the boys favoured electing to field first, restricting opposition to low totals. Whilst batting, the team shone with all players contributing with fast running between wickets and big hits into zones worth double runs. Despite a somewhat fatigued fielding performance in their final game, the boys completed the day undefeated, comprehensively beating both local and interstate teams. Like the girls, their sportsmanship and respect towards opponents was admired whist representing the Radford College Junior School with great pride.

They were the only unbeaten team on the day and were awarded Milo T20 Blast School Cup 5/6 Boys Champions. The team has been invited by Cricket Australia to the Inaugural Milo T20 Blast School Cup National Final, to be played on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday 11th December. The boys are incredibly excited at the prospect of the event and rare opportunity.

Congratulations to both teams, who were an absolute pleasure to coach.

Contact: Matthew Heinrich
Junior School Teacher & T20 Blast Cup Coach
matthew.heinrich@radford.act.edu.au

ACT / Southern NSW Milo T20 Blast School Cup 5/6 Boys Champions

The Thunder Local Hero Program gives schools the opportunity to adopt a Sydney Thunder player for the summer and be part of the Thunder Nation for BBL|04. Following our support of Jason Floros last season, this year Radford College Junior School has been allocated Aiden Blizzard. With experience with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, Blizzard is one of the biggest hitters in the game and will be exciting for the students to follow this summer!

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