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Manly Junior Reps U/11s and U/14s make history

U11 victory
 
A red letter day for cricket on the Northern Beaches occurred on Sunday 16th December with victory for the Manly Warringah Junior Reps in the final of both the U11s J.H. Creak Shield and the U/14s R.H. Moore Shield. This is the first time since 1971 that Manly Warringah has won the H.M. Moore Shield and we think the first time ever that we have won the J.H. Creek Shield. We are still searching for the last time we won 2 premierships in the one season.

The last Junior Premiership won by Manly Warringah by a Javed Badyari led U/10s more than 10 years ago.
 
What an amazing achievement. For so long the Manly Warringah Junior Rep sides have struggled to be competitive against other districts across the Sydney region and beyond. However with great workers such as Shane Moran and his Junior Rep committee, as well as Danny LeMoy and his Junior Association Committee, this wouldn't be possible. It is also a great credit to our MWDCC Vice President David Gainsford and Pathway Manager Greg Boyer who have worked tirelessly on the pathway program and were on the sideline cheering every run and wicket on Sunday.

It was also great to see our Green Shield team down there supporting the boys, many of whom will be playing in the elit junior competition in a few years.
 
But the biggest credit must go to the boys. Both teams went through the season undefeated and worked tirelessly on their games. Under the guidance of Matthew Phelps for the U/11s and Paul O'Sullivan and Roy Vumbaca for the U/14s, the boys had the very best coaching from the outset and listened and learned intently all season.
 
Both finals had it all. In the U/14s, Manly scrambled to be all out for 134 in the 49th over. Star batsman and recent grade debutant Aidan Bariol was run out for 3, followed quickly by 2 golden ducks. At 3 for 7 things were looking shaky. However a great 42 from N. Osborne, along with some help from I. Vumbaca (23), M. Moran (12) and M. Brewster (23) allowed a defendable score to be reached.
 
South Eastern started at a consistent pace. They got to 1 for 71 and looked to be on track for an easy victory. However inspired spells of bowling from Matt Moran (4 for 10), Isahai Vumbaca (2 for 22) and J. Wilson (2 for 20) saw South Eastern lose 9 for 33 and hand Manly Warringah a memorable victory.
 
U14 victory
 
The U/11s was just as tense. Making 9 for 128 from their 50 overs, the boys bowled North Shore out for 124 in the 48th over, winning an amazing game by 4 runs.

It was a great year for our Junior Rep sides. Making the Qtr Finals in 4 grades, the Semi Finals in 3, and winning 2 competitions, shows that our junior development program is on track. Not only do we have great teams and great coaches in our juniors, but we have some juniors earmarked for big things.

Another great era on the horizon for Manly Warringah Cricket.

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