The 2018 cricket season is off to a flier of a start.

Former student Riley Meredith (GYC 2014) is making a name for himself in Tasmanian teams (most recently the Hurricanes and the Sheffield Shield team) while current Year 12 student Keegan Oates was named 13th man for the Australian squad that played an international T20 game in Hobart against England in the recent tri-nation series (won by Australia only days) ago.

And for the third year in a row, GYC is fielding two cricket teams in the schools’ competition, one from each Campus, with Glenorchy (GYC Blue) the current title holders.

In the first week of competition, the game between GYC Blue and The Hutchins School was washed out, and GYC Red had a bye.

This week, however, the willow was wielded fiercely and the balls flew. Highlights included an amazing  93 off 36 balls (a strike-rate of 258),  the number of balls lost over the boundary in both games, a brilliant catch and an unexpected wicket-keeper dismissal.

GYC Red (Hobart) defeated The Friends’ School, chasing down 162 in less than 10 overs and loosing three balls out of the park.

GYC Blue 5-242 defeated St Virgil’s College Blue 4-163

Andrew Bourke 93 (off 36 balls), Joseph Turmine 62 (33), Isaac Manton 27 (15), Chris K. 23 (12)

Isaac Manton 1-21 (off 4 overs), Aayush Bagga 1-21 (2), Harrison Loveless 1-36 (3)

GYC Blue scorer JOHN COVINGTON reports …

Andrew Bourke and Joseph Turmine (captain) led GYC Blue to a solid win in the team’s opening game. With Round 1 being a complete washout, it was essential to get a win against an under-manned St Virgil’s new second side. It was a great team effort by the Glenorchy boys, with all 11 players contributing to the victory.

Upon winning the toss, in a surprise move, captain Joe (Turmine) elevated Jack Anders to join him to face the opening pace attack. Some will say it was inspirational,  but it was partly due to the maxi taxi being late which was carrying half the team!

After a cautious start, Anders hit his straps and looked set for a big score before being bowled for 18 by a ball that must have swung ferociously (otherwise he would not have missed it). Isaac Manton joined his skipper and they piled on 74 runs for the second wicket at more than 10 an over. It took a good catch from the SVC keeper to dismiss Isaac for a useful 27 off 15 balls. Turmine was dismissed shortly after, having amassed 62 off just 33 balls in what was a truly inspirational captain’s knock!

Despite the great start from the top of the order, the clear man of the match was Andrew Bourke.

He amassed countless boundaries and had the crowd on the edge of its seat as he progressed towards a possible ton. Chris Kahatapitikankanamalage joined Andrew late in the 14th over. They put on an impressive 85-run partnership with Chris playing some very classy shots.

Bourke fell just short of his century finishing with 93 off just 36 balls (an amazing strike-rate of 258). The only down-side for Andrew is that his man of the match prize will be used to replace the balls lost in the bracken over the St Virgil’s fence!!!

The St Virgil’s run chase was snuffed out early due to some terrific early bowling spells from Brady Williams and Harrison Loveless.

Brady bowled a very tight line leading to only 6 runs coming off his first 3 overs.

Harry took the opening wicket with a brilliant slower delivery that deceived the St Virgil’s opener who was trying to increase the run-rate.

Isaac Manton was brought on by captain Joe and he did not let him down, bowling a wicket-maiden in his first over. This was followed by another maiden over from Jack Anders who had the batsmen bamboozled by his turning deliveries. Aayush Bagga chipped in with a handy wicket to remove a player who was well set and looking a possible danger.

There were two amazing highlights in the field.

Brady Williams took a classic catch with a full length dive, clasping the ball just centimetres above the turf. This will be a tough one to beat for the prestigious “catch of the season” award.

Jack Anders, showing his versatility, took a turn with the gloves and single-handedly caused a run out. A leg-side glance off the pads looked like an easy single for the opposition. However, quick reflexes from Jack produced a wicket. He pounced on the ball and an accurate arm led to an unlikely dismissal.

There are rumours around that the quality of the opposing teams is top notch so the season looks set to be a cracker.

The real pressure starts next week when the “derby” between the two GYC teams is set to ignite the competition. It is scheduled next Wednesday at the Friends’ Bell Street Oval. Glenorchy supporters would be most welcome.


(the featured image, above, is from March 2017)