Mar 312014
 

By Graeme Klemm – U16W Team Manager

It’s a good thing I like movies because season 2013-14 provided endless viewing of all manner of shows. We’ve had the disaster movie against Southern Districts when we lost four early wickets in the blink of an eye; the raw excitement of the high octane action comeback against Tea Tree Gully when James Ingram refused to let defeat stare him down; the epic biopic against Adelaide when Will Taylor and James Cleggett put on their massive opening partnership; the Alfred Hitchcock horror classic against Prospect when 18 wickets fell in a day; the uplifting and feel good flick against East Torrens when we had 8 personnel changes to the team but still came out on top; the car crash spine tingler against Sturt; the outrageous bank heist when Port Adelaide robbed us of the 7.5 points we needed to make the finals. But like the old cliche says, the projectionist saved the best one ‘til last…

The all time, gut churning thriller that left Jono Connelly ashen faced and terror frozen as he waited on death row, minute by minute, ball by ball for an excruciating 16 overs as a ninth wicket partnership changed the course of history and the Titanic made it to New York after all. Jacob Roberts and Henry Klemm pulled not just a rabbit, but a unicorn out of the hat to steal a game that we had no right to win. At 8 for 108 and chasing 162, history suggested that we would have been lucky to reach 110. But cricket is a funny game, about taking chances and forging partnerships It’s about ounces of luck and living dangerously. It’s about seizing opportunities. Cooper Harrod, Jacob Roberts and John Bliss had put us in good seats the week before with their fine bowling. It wasn’t just them, but they got the jaffas. And after the week-long intermission, it came down to the efforts of 4 boys who decided that the peanut brittle that had defined our batting this season had finally run out. Sam Barnett shone brightly, early, and then Luke Valente and John Bliss put on an impressive 64 run partnership in the middle that had us around the runrate. But the carnage that followed their wickets left us reeling. The magicians at 10 and eleven then conjured one final trick to leave Glenelg stunned and shattered and still unsure how it had all slipped away. With a run rate of almost 6 an over, it was 91 golden, precious runs from a captain courageous (Jacob) and a nervous nelly (Henry) that had faced less than a dozen balls for the entire season until his arrival at the crease.

As the credits roll on a season that had felt like a roller coaster ride, thanks to all those boys who walked through the revolving door of the U16 Whites. A great bunch of players, respectful to me, their Baggy Brown cap and their team mates. The club has a bright future with young men of this calibre coming through. They may not be superstars, but they definitely provide the heart and soul.

 

Mar 302014
 

By Grahame Spence

Please see below brief summary from U14 Reds season.

17 players went through the U 14 red team during the year and it was a fantastic season and very well done with the team playing off in the Grand final but unfortunately not quite getting the win against a very good West Torrens outfit.

Performances were excellent with many highlights and the team lost only the

1 minor round game during the season.

We had 5 Players scored in excess of 150 Runs of which 2 scored over 200 runs and then there was the amazing effort from Lucas Froude who topped the competition with 482 runs in 8 innings at an average of 69. This included 2 century’s at better than a run a ball.

The ability for Lucas to score from ball one and accelerate at will was a major highlight along with several great partnerships at critical times.

The Bowling was also fantastic all season both from a wicket taking perspective and the ability to keep pressure on opposition sides with great line, length and variety which was very pleasing.

Kensington had 3 bowlers in the top ten wicket takers with Adam Clements finishing third with 21 wickets at the fantastic Economy rate of 1.76 and one 5 wicket game. Oliver Harms had a great year with some standout moments and took two 5 wicket hauls whilst scaring many opposition with sheer pace.

 

Five bowlers took 10 + wickets which was testament to the depth and consistency, with Ben Cox 16 wickets, Oliver 15 wickets , Ashley Eckermann and Luke Valente 11 wickets each.

Our catching and out cricket also was at a very high level particular some of the catches taken close to the bat and in slips.

The other pleasing aspect was the way the team was captained in that we had this shared amongst Adam Clements , Lucas Froude and Jed Spence who all showed a great maturity and some real insight on how to set fields , lead from the front by performance and intent and be creative and brave when required with their field settings which for most matches were excellent of which in particular the Sturt game stood out when undue pressure brought out the best from the team and particular the field and bowling changes at critical times .

Two players who are in the younger age group , Will Montgomery and Tom VanderJeugd showed what talent they have both having very good first up seasons and keep us very optimistic about these young men’s future cricket prospects and both earned the honours of representing SA.

Kensington also had 8 players selected and playing in the inaugural Premier league competition representing Eastern Edge and winning the carnival. All boys making contributions to the success. Several others also competed for the Country sides also showing the strength and depth of talent Kensington has at this age group.

The coaching and mentoring from Ben Johnswood was fantastic as he challenged and consistently improved many players from the start to the finish of the season and we were well blessed with many great contributors on Match day with Peter Froude coaching and assisting with his valuable cricket knowledge and many parents more than willing to share other duties match day.

All in all a very pleasing and successful season bar being 1 win away from a premiership , but the boys doing he Kensington brand a great level of respect and representation.

Mar 292014
 

By Peter Marshall

The Under 14 White’s had a very successful season finishing in 3rd in the home and away season and then going on to win the Grand Final and Premiership against the top team Sturt!

The Whites were a great support to the Reds – providing key players when needed and giving great competition for spots in the teams.

Overall we had 21 players represent the 14 Whites and each made a positive contribution to the season and this was certainly a significant TEAM effort as every week different players performed well. One of the key features of our performances throughout the season was our fielding, (this was the major difference between Sturt and us in the Grand Final). Throughout the season there were 19 dismissals which came from run-outs and many others came as a result of pressure applied by our fielders.

The captaincy was shared around and is not easy task at this age – but Will McGowan did a great job in the finals and showed himself as a future leader at the club. Many others showed maturity beyond their years – dealing with the pressure and performing at their best when things were tough.

We had one century (S Mccullum 134 Rnd 2), 5 players made 50’s (, 4 players took 4 fors, 3 others 3 fors and 1 player responsible for 6 runouts! 5 different boys kept wickets and 6 boys played both Whites and Reds.

On top of our performances, there was much growth in the boy’s knowledge of the game of cricket. They developed a deeper understanding of what is needed to succeed in a quality competition.

Ben Johnswood did a wonderful job as coach, not only working on the players technical capacities but ensuring training was varied and the elements of fun and enjoyment were an important feature of training.