Cricket Champions – Graeme Wood Shield

Mazenod College for the third straight year were successful in making to the Finals Day of the Graeme Wood Shield. The format of the day is that two Semi-Final games are played with the two winning schools playing off in the Grand Final.

The first Semi-Final saw Mazenod play country champions Esperance SHS. Esperance won the toss and elected to bat first. Mazenod’s bowlers struggled in the wet conditions giving the Esperance batsmen plenty of room to play shots and plenty of sundries. At the end of the 20 overs, Esperance made 8/147, a very solid and defendable total. Mazenod went about chasing down the total quickly with team Captain Steve Ricci and James Kirwan getting Mazenod off to a solid start. But when both Steve and James fell, Daniel McKay held the innings together smashing an unbeaten (80 no) giving Mazenod the victory and a place in the Grand Final, for the second straight year. Mazenod would play Mater Dei College in the final after Mater Dei easily defeated CBC Fremantle in the other Semi-Final.

The Grand Final saw Mazenod take on an unfamiliar opponent in Mater Dei College, with both teams boasting the two highest scoring batting teams in competition. Mazenod won the toss and elected to bat. But the innings didn’t get off to the best start with Captain Steve Ricci and James Kirwan falling very cheaply leaving Mazenod at 2/8 after 4 overs. The innings was steadied with Dominic Daines and man of the match from the Semi-Final, Daniel McKay, at the crease. Daniel and Dominic put on a 60 run partnership before Dominic was bowled for 18. But today was going to be Daniel McKay’s day, he blasted the Mater Dei bowling all over the field making his first century in a Mazenod shirt and providing the backbone of the Mazenod total in a memorable knock. At the end of the innings Mazenod were all out for 176, a very imposing total. Mater Dei started there innings requiring just under 9 runs an over, and struggled against the much improved Mazenod bowling. Campbell Burt and Tom O’Brien were the standout bowlers helping restrict the Mater Dei batters in their chase. Eventually Mater Dei required 26 off the last over for victory but fell short. Mazenod won the Graeme Wood Shield for the 4th time in the history of the competition. Daniel McKay was named Man of the Match for his amazing century that helped set up the Mazenod victory.

I would like to congratulate the team on their achievement they represented the College with distinction and pride throughout all of the games in the tournament. I would like to thank all of the parents who came and supported and helped the team on game day. I would also like to thank Mr Grabski, Mr Akmens, Mr Pickford and Mr Vallis for helping the team from driving the bus, to helping coach, and ensuring the ovals are set up for game day.