Barossa and Light cricket stars shine
Dominant and purposeful throughout, the Barossa and Light Under 16 – coached by Stephen Hands and captained by Jack ‘JH’ Mosey – collected the 2018-19 SA Country Cup Cricket title last week on home soil.
Playing Eyre Peninsula in the Grand Final in tough conditions at Stockwell Oval on Thursday, their opponents made a testing score of 155 from their 50 overs; with Angus Handke 3/27 and Luca Whitelum collecting 2/40 being the pick of the bowlers.
In the run chase which was achieved five wickets down in the 42nd over, captain Mosey produced an important 31 of the top of the innings, while classical number four bat Riley Greenlees was the backbone of the innings with a accomplish 63 (72 balls, 7 x 4s, 1 x 6).
The game was up for grabs with B&L at 3/51 chasing.
Greenlees and Cameron Curnow (22) produced a match winning 88-run fourth wicket stand.
In the penultimate match on Wednesday at Eudunda Oval, Barossa made 7/259 and had Murray Districts 7/82 when the rain stopped the game.
Whitelum top scored with a better than a-run-a-ball 63 while Curnow was unbeaten on 36 and the local boys Mosey (30) and Handke (31) got the B&L lads off to a strong start.
Handke with the amazing figures of 4/6 and Whitelum’s 2/8 were the leading performers with the ball in this game.
At Dutton Park in round two, Barossa and Light had the game won just after lunch bowling Upper North out for 74 with five different bowlers collecting a pair of scalps and achieved the run chase easily, two wickets down to have an early finish to the day.
Caleb Schwartz remained 27 not out and left-hander Curnow was unbeaten on 32.
In the opening clash at South Gawler Oval after South East got off to a strong start and were none for 50, before the Barossa and light bowlers got on top and bowled their opponents out for 97.
Curnow was the destroyer with 3/19 from 8.6 overs while Thomas Clemens claimed 2/25 and Whitelum collected 2/20. Sam Woods also chimed in with 2/6 from five overs.
Captain Mosey (32) and fellow ERCC player Handke (45) insured a seven wicket victory in the 28th over.
The Barossa and Light side has now played in four of the past five Under 16s Grand Finals, winning two of the last three events held in the Barossa Valley.
Gaelic glory for Barossa girls
In the 2018 Women’s Grand Final held last Friday night, four Barossa girls, Anita Doecke, sisters Bec and Chloe Roesler, and multi sporting talent Jordan Lambert enjoyed the sweet taste of flag winning success in a heart stopping decider.
The Blues held on for the spine-tingling one point win in the Tom Finn Cup Grand Final match.
When the final whistle blew the Blues held for victory, 2.8 defeated the Flinders O’Niell’s 2.7, in a thrilling contest.
For her defensive performance Lambert, who is also an Australian softballer, collected the best on ground award in the Grand Final.
Norsworthy back at the Donnybrooks
The son of the last Willaston premiership coach Mark Norsworthy (1999), well-travelled footballer Chad will don the Donnybrooks jumper again during 2019.
“Chad will give us a wealth of experience and leadership,” Club President Kieran Sankey explained.
“He has enjoyed premiership success with Brighton and with Moonta in the Yorke Peninsula.
“Chad has also played SANFL league football as well.”
Norsworthy last played at the Willaston Football Club in 2009.
He spent the past three years with the Moonta Demons, who were the ’17 YPFL premiers.
From 2013 to 2015 Norsworthy played with the Wallaroo Bulldogs, and the three years previous to that he was with the Brighton Bombers.
He also has stints at Central District, where he followed in his father and uncle Barry’s footsteps and played league footy.
Norsworthy also played SANFL league football with Sturt and South Adelaide.