Crunch time in junior cricket season

The fight for bragging rights across the Mount Gambier and District Cricket Association junior competitions reaches top gear this weekend when the Semi Finals begin. Places in the respective O’Donohue (Under 17s) and Sims Shield (Under 12s) deciders are on the line today and tomorrow, while the Hall Trophy (Under 14s) Semi Finals are weekend affairs.

East Gambier is the favourite for the Under 17 crown after finishing on top of a competitive ladder and meets West Gambier at Frew Park. The Bulldogs also won their previous clash with the Roos in round 3. After narrowly missing out on the minor-premiership, South Gambier hopes to navigate its way past Millicent at Malseed Park The Demons hope to continue their title defence by implementing a similar result to the corresponding fixture last season at Marist Park.

South is also striving for back-to-back flags in the Hall Trophy and is well placed after an undefeated campaign to the finals. The Demons meet Penola at Scott Park, while Millicent travels to Blue Lake Sports Park to meet North/East. Millicent has been the team to beat in Under 12’s so far and faces North for a spot in the decider.

The game will take place on Blue Lake Sports Park’s hard wicket, while the Mil Lel Green and East fight should be a tight one at Reidy Park. At the beginners level, the Woolworths Cricket Blast programs continue to gain traction around the region and a special one is currently taking place.

South Australian Cricket Association South Eats club and participation officer James Dunn is holding an Indigenous only Woolworths Cricket Blast centre. The community program is open to all Indigenous kids at Malseed Park from 4pm every Wednesday night.

The centre continues the game’s work with the Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation following on from the Barber Shield’s Reconciliation Round earlier this summer.

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