Round 15 Preview v Mosman
Metro Qualifying-Final: RP Gold v Sydney University Blue
What a week this has been! Winning the Poidevin-Gray competition for the first time, getting Metro Gold into the semis and a big chance this weekend of having two Grade teams into the finals. It’s the LAST ROUND of the regular season and we are the cusp of finishing well up in the Club Championship which concludes this Saturday. We play Mosman in limited overs matches in all 5 grades while Metro Gold, which finished Minor Premiers, play Sydney University Blue in a Qualifying Final.
This round will also be known as the Stop Sarcoma Round as we raise much needed funds for the Australian and New Zealand Sarcoma Research Agency. This is a charity close to the hearts of the Randy Petes family as we honour the life of Laura Hinds and support our current player Jack Gibbens-Johnson as he currently undergoes treatment. To support the charity players and members are asked to donate $20 with 50% to be donated to ANZSA to assist their research into this.
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CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: Many-Warringah have already been crowned Club Champions for this season. However, there remains plenty at stake to finish higher than our current 7th place. The top 10 point score reads this way: 1. Manly-Warringah 1508; 2. Parramatta 1310; 3. St George 1273; 4. UTS North Sydney 1144; 5. Northern District 1141; 6. Bankstown 1102; 7. RANDWICK PETERSHAM 1074; 8. Sydney University 1003; 9. Mosman 985; 10. Penrith 965. We finished 9th last season and we look to be good things for a top 10 finish again this season. If we are to improve from 7th, it could be at the expense of Bankstown who are just 28 points ahead and even NDs who are 65 in front of us in 5th place. Good performances in all 5 grades could see an ideal finish for us.
1st GRADE: We snuck into 6th place last week after Bankstown failed to win outright with the last two at the crease. We need to hold our place and hopefully improve as the top 6 contest the finals. The point score for those teams likely to make the finals is: 1. Manly-Warringah 62; 2. Sydney University 60; 3. St George 59; 4. Parramatta; 5. NDs 50; 6. RANDWICK PETERSHAM 48; 7. Penrith 47; 8 Uni. NSW 47; 9. Bankstown 45; 10. Sydney 45. The interesting clashes this Saturday will be between Manly and Sydney University; St George and NDs. Other teams play sides outside the top 10 on the point score including us against Mosman which is 12th on 37 points. Mosman are defending premiers but have had an ordinary season. We will be boosted by the return of both Jason Sangha and Dan Sams. The match is scheduled for Coogee Oval from 10 am Saturday. We need to win and hope that Penrith and University of NSW don’t earn a bonus point should they win.
3rd GRADE: This has been our best performing team this season and currently is in second place on 64 points, just ONE POINT behind the leader, Parramatta. We have secured a place in the final 6 but a win this Saturday will give us a chance for the Minor Premiership. Mosman, our opponent at Petersham from 10 am, is currently in 14th place while Parramatta play 10th placed Sutherland. We have not beaten Mosman in this grade since 2015-16 so this is a big chance to set the record straight.
2nd, 4th and 5th GRADES: It has been an ordinary season for these three teams but their performance this weekend will count heavily toward the Club Championship. In 2nd Grade, the match is at Allan Border Oval against an in-form Mosman outfit which is in 4th place. It will also be the last match with us for our Irish guest Tim Tector who has been an important cog in the team. In 4ths, the game will be played on Sunday at Coogee Oval, due to some rearrangement of ground allocations. Mosman are 14th while we are 13th so this could be an even contest. In 5th Grade, we are 11th and Mosman 8th, but the latter was bowled out for 16 in their innings as their opponents stormed to an outright win. The match will be at Balmoral Oval.
METRO QUALIFYING FINAL: For the third season in a row, a Metro Cup team has qualified for the competition finals. This season we have the luxury of entering from the top of the ladder, having finished Minor Premiers for the second time (first was in 2006/07) and giving ourselves the chance to have weather in our favour, having been knocked out without getting on the field in the last two seasons. 6 rounds in, the Gold team had 2 wins, 1 loss and 3 draws and were languishing nowhere. Then, a stunning win against competition debutants St George turned around our fortunes, as we peeled off 7 wins and lost a solitary match by 3 wickets. The Minor Premiership was confirmed after tea on the last day of the regular season, once we secured victory against North West Sydney Gold and the previous table-toppers, Penrith, lost a thriller the day before. Gold will take on Sydney University Blue at Snape Park over Saturday and Sunday, whom we beat in Round 12 comprehensively. However, the students will no doubt put a far more sterling performance and will have a point to prove having also being cruelled by rain the last few seasons. It’s always an exciting and tough contest, and with an exciting young playing group, we’re confident of putting our best foot forward.
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