Catholic College sets its sights on Kilmore

Catholic College Sale is set for an exciting week of cricket, as its senior boys team travels to central Victoria to compete in the 49th annual Australasian Marist Cricket Carnival.

CCS will be joined by four other schools in the 50-over format carnival, which runs from December 3rd to 8th, and will be hosted by the prestigious Assumption College Kilmore.

Catholic College Sale has been a long-standing participant in the Australasian Marist Cricket Carnival, joining the fold in the second official carnival in 1975, and taking home its first championship in 1989.

The team finished runners-up at last year’s tournament and will be looking to go one better with a talented and experienced squad of 13 players.

Bundalaguah’s Hayden Wrigglesworth will captain the side, while Ashton Wright and Madix Grattan will share the vice-captain duties.

The rest of the team is comprised of; Asher Eastham, Matthew Murphy, Joshua Wells, Max Stobie, Harry Tatterson, Charlie Morris, Thomas Boyd, Mitchell McMaster, Nicholas Walker and Blake Rowley, who becomes the 376th player to represent the college in Marist Cricket.

Head coach Josh Davis, assistant coach Danny Butcher, and team manager Jamie Murphy, comprise Catholic College Sale’s coaching team.

“The team are looking forward to the challenge that a Marist carnival presents,” Murphy said.

“From the day the squad was announced, there has been a focus on team building, both on and off the pitch. We are fortunate to have a talented mix of cricketers, most of whom have already earned several representative honours through their Sale-Maffra clubs, so it’s more about trying to get the group to gel together as a collective unit.”

“It’s a balanced mix of returning players and debutants in the side, so it will be terrific to restart the handover process from previous carnivals and pass on traditions of this competition to a new playing group.”

This year’s carnival kicks off on Monday December 4th with CCS set to compete against a group of strong teams from Marist College Canberra (ACT), last year’s winners St. Joseph’s Hunter’s Hill (NSW), Lavalla Catholic College (VIC) and the hosts Assumption College.

As part of fundraising efforts to support costs, players have raised over $5000 selling raffle tickets and hosting a BBQ on site at the school.

The College would like to thank the following businesses for their support of this team: Baker’s Delight, Sporting Legends Sale, Carmody’s Tyre Service, Intersport Sale, Hunting Ground, Lazzaro Brothers and Murphy & Co.

The side registered a solid win in its annual warm-up match against Lavalla Catholic College, scoring 191 from 30 overs, before bowling Lavalla out for 68. Charlie Morris was named as CCS’ best player for his run-a-ball 34, two catches and a stumping.