It was a successful first week of finals for the Brunswick U12 (x2) and U14 teams this weekend as our two U12 teams won through to a semi-final next week and our U14 team winning through to a spot in the Grand Final next weekend.
With all 3 teams qualifying for a home final we had the enviable problem of finding enough local grounds to host all 3 finals at the same time. As a result, our U12 Blacks side had to give up home ground advantage to Glenroy but it didn’t phase them as they posted a strong win with the scoreboard setting at 6/174 vs 10/107. Alistair McQuire (25*), Charlie Rolfe (20), Eamon Stokes (17) led the way with the bat whilst Charlie Rolfe (2/4), Curtis Powell (2/13), Luke Bertram (1/2), Flynn McGrath (1/3), Saul Beckford-Saunders (1/8), and Alistair McQuire (1/13) claimed scalps with the ball. The U12 Blacks will again take home ground advantage into their semi-final next week in a match-up against Sydenham-Hillside
Our U12 Whites team finished on top of the b-grade ladder at the end of the home and away season and put in a great team performance to defeat East Coburg 4/115 vs 4/90 in their quarter final. Brunswick batted first and posted a strong total with Tom Mackenzie (26*), Aiden Purcell (25*) and Owen Parris (10) leading a team effort. Owen Parris (1/2) and Tom Mackenzie (1/11) claimed wickets with the ball whilst Tom, Griffin Mahoney, Zentis Meehan-Laurins and Nick Kiriakidis kept the pressure on in the field to combine for two run-outs. A home semi-final against Youlden-Parkville is next on the agenda for the U12 Whites.
Our U14 team took home ground advantage into their semi-final courtesy of finishing the home and away season on top of the ladder but were expecting a tough match against Airport West. At the halfway mark at the end of play on Saturday the scoreline showed the match was set up for a tight final with Brunswick on 4/98 and Airport West on 4/88 as both sides completed 25 overs of batting under the split innings format. Airport West batted through their 50 overs first up on the second day (Sunday) and posted a challenging total of 6/172. Thus the equation for the Wicks was to chase down a further 74 runs of 25 overs with 6 wickets in hand. It was an ask that proved well within reach as the total was reached with 13 overs to spare. Joe Mackenzie (53*), Jack Bourke (41*), Josh Murphy (32) led the way with the bat. Jack Nolte (2/13), Jack Bourke (2/22), Joe Mackenzie (1/18) and Josh Murphy (1/18) claimed wickets with the ball but all 11 bowlers played their part in keeping the pressure on through the innings.
Good Luck to all three teams for their respective semi and grand finals next weekend.