The huge amount of work gone in to the Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Associations rep program has paid dividends with 5 of our 6 DCA age groups making the knockout Qtr Finals this coming weekend.
There is a very strong association between the juniors and the senior club due to our enormously successful pathway program. One of our much loved Waratahs and still occasional player Ross Trewartha is the Junior Rep Committee chairman and is doing a fine job.
The renaissance of our Junior Representative teams over the last 4 or 5 years has been a pleasure to watch. They seem to break records every year and this one has been no exception, with the Quarter Final representation being the most in our history.
Ross was especially pleased to see some of the teams who had not previously consistently made the finals really step up.
“It’s been a brilliant season so far, a real vindication of the processes and methods that we have put in place,” said Trewartha.
“Our coaches are all on the same page and know what they are doing, and the off-field support that all the boys get from their parents and helpers is amazing. To get results like this is very satisfying.
“I am especially pleased to see teams like the U/14’s and U/15’s do so well. They have both only lost one match so far this season and they are a big chance to advance to the semi-finals.”
“But nothing is won yet, so I am challenging all the sides to bring out their best over the next 3 weeks”.
Our U/11 side, in their first year of representative cricket, finished 6th in their division with only one win, but will be better for the experience. Our U/12 Cawsey Shield team finished 2nd in their division with only the one loss from their 5 matches, and take on a strong ACT side away from home.
The 13s have had a fine season, finishing 2nd in their division after winning 4 from 5 and take on Central Coast away from home, while the U/14 Moore Shield side is celebrating finishing at the top of their pool with a home semi-final against South Eastern at Terry Hills.
The U/15s have been a real surprise packet, losing only the one match and sitting atop of their pool. They take on a quality Newcastle side, who as mentioned they defeated easily on Round 1, at Frank Gray. Finally, our undefeated U/16 side take on St George at Mike Pawley in a replay of last Sunday’s 10 wicket shellacking.
We would like to encourage as many people as possible to get down to the grounds to support the boys this weekend as we look to bring some silverware home.
And most importantly, we want you to #bleedblue. Go Manly!