Indoor Cricket Captain’s report
This indoor cricket season has been, I would say, simply phenomenal. We have fielded five teams across three GSV divisions, and all have proven competitive, enthusiastic and to have big appetites. This is a crucial component of any cricket team, because it is incredibly important that the refuelling process after such heavy exertion begins not only straight after, but also during and before the game. Fortunately, all teams have come together to provide sustenance and support throughout the season, which I think is really just testament to the strong cricketing culture developing throughout the Lauriston community.
The season kicked off with early morning training sessions, marked by shouts of ‘heads’ emanating from the gym as our batters terrified their teammates. Soon enough, however, game time came around, and it was off to Oakleigh and Northcote in order to find the sweaty, noisy indoor nets. I was lucky enough to coach the Year 8’s in their first round, where some talented year 7’s were in the net next-door playing their first ever game of indoor cricket.
In the Intermediate side, we had a group of Year 10’s fresh back from Howqua and thus fit and firing for their first term of Armadale sport after the year away. All girls showed dedication, and the team won all matches until the penultimate round, when losing to the deserving Sacre Coeur. The Inter girls are to be commended on their season, because I know from dropping by at the girls’ training sessions just how hard they worked and just how much fun they had. Congratulations on a great season!
And now we come to Seniors. Coming out of both indoor and field cricket championships last year, the senior squad were confident about their prospects this season from the word go. It was unanimously accepted, however, that much work was to be done to progress beyond the group stages and conquer the mantle that is GSV senior indoor cricket. Within the first few trainings, two powerful squads had been determined and the season was underway. Both the 1’s and the 2’s played in the A division, and proved themselves to be leaders in the zone. There was some unfortunate timetabling that required our teams to play one another, but all girls took this in their stride, using the match as an opportunity to refine some skills and provide support to all teammates, no matter whether batting or bowling.
We then had a short 15-minute interim before the commencement of the grand final, the final game of GSV cricket ever to be played by nine nervous Year 12 girls. We had, however, the calming presence of Tracey Chong and Ella Baxter, and some fantastic crowd support from captaining predecessor Steph Chong as well as the lovely Mrs Varmalis and also Ms Burns. Many parents were also in attendance, willing our girls to a big win. In the end, however, the crowd support would mean nothing unless we could produce the goods on the pitch. Winning the toss and bowling first, Lauriston was up early in the game. The opening pair made just 19 runs, which is low by any standards. Lowther would have been expecting higher. The next batting pair made a 20+ score, but Lauriston was still ahead. Now, our opposition brought out the big guns, and their last two batting pairs made strong contributions of 42 and 36 respectively. Going into tea-time, the Laurie gals were fully aware of the task ahead; in the semi-final, Lowther had produced a strong bowling performance to keep Sacre Coeur to only 87 runs.
Lauriston came out with the bat to vitriolic bowling from the Lowther girls- they are a bowling side and they knew it. Our first pairs, Charley and Caylie, then Tracey and Ella, posted commendable and above-average scores. Yet the pressure of such a game still hung over the heads of the next four girls up, who nervously donned the white cotton gloves and fought about who would have to face first. After the third pair, Steph and Gen, we needed just shy of thirty runs to win- not by any means impossible as a target, but significant nonetheless.
In conclusion, it has been a wonderful season full of drama, victory and, most importantly, laughter at our skills (or perhaps lack thereof) in the cricketing arena. All girls have shown themselves to be dedicated and valuable members of their respective teams, and I could not be more proud of the enthusiasm imparted upon GSV indoor cricket by Lauriston girls in this first term. Congratulations are in order for every member of every side, and I expect to enjoy a very strong outdoor cricket season come next summer!