On Sunday 14 December, Gippsland’s No Boundaries Cricket teams traveled to Latrobe Leisure Traralgon for the finals of the 2014-15 season.
Teams from Drouin, Sale, Bairnsdale and Yarram battled it out during the year to see who would be crowned the 2014-15 season premiers. After a highly competitive season, Drouin and Bairnsdale fought it out for the trophy with Drouin coming away winners. It was a very consistent season for Drouin.
All team’s played in great spirits with some excellent skills on show with the bat, ball and in the field. There was some terrific tight bowling and some big hitting with a number of massive sixes hit throughout the day.
No Boundaries cricket is a modified indoor version of cricket allowing players of all abilities to participate. Teams are made up of 8 players, with each player bowling, batting and fielding in every position. Sides are graded so that players of similar ability bowl and bat against each other.
Grand Final: Drouin defeated Bairnsdale
Drouin and Bairnsdale clashed for the main prize after Drouin had gone through the season undefeated. Bairnsdale had lifted with some great wins, supported by the inclusion of a few players from Traralgon joining them this year. It would be a tough assignment for Bairnsdale, who tried hard all game and were very competitive as they had been all year. Drouin in the end were a bit too strong, and were winners of the perpetual shield. All players should be very proud of their performance, and the spirit of how the game was played was a credit to all involved.
Congratulations to Drouin, 2014/15 No Boundaries Cricket Premiers!!!
3rd & 4th play-off: Yarram defeated Sale
Yarram and Sale competed for third and fourth spot with Yarram just coming off their first win of the year beating Sale in the last round of the season. In what would be another tight contest, it would be Yarram who would prevail. Once again, all participants showed great sportsmanship with all players enjoying themselves.
Player of the Year award.
Rhys Matheson, from the Bairnsdale team. Rhys lives in Traralgon, and with Traralgon not fielding a team this season, Rhys played all season for the Bairnsdale team. It was great of Rhys to want to fill in for another side who was a little short of numbers. The award is voted on by the team managers and is awarded to the player who performs each week at their best and tries their hardest and displays good sportsmanship qualities whilst respecting all team members, opposing players and officials at all times. Rhys always displayed fair play, demonstrated a good team ethic, and always played the sport in a positive manner. Rhys was a fantastic new member to the Bairnsdale team and played very well in the final.