Last weekend saw the Men’s competition run in a similar vein to the opening weekend of the Premier Cricket season, with a couple of one-sided results and several matches that went down to the wire.
With the Men’s Competition playing a Saturday/Sunday round this weekend and the large amount of cricket being, the preview will be more focused on the tips for the weekend. There are several key games being played over the weekend, with some past rivalry matches also occurring over the weekend. The author’s tipped winners are below in red text.
ROUND 3 – SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER (11:00am Start)
CAMBERWELL MAGPIES V ST KILDA at Camberwell Sports Ground
CARLTON V MONASH TIGERS at Princes Park #1
ESSENDON V CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE at Windy Hill (John MacWhirter Trophy)
DANDENONG V NORTHCOTE at Shepley Oval (Brendan McArdle Shield)
RINGWOOD V FITZROY DONCASTER at Russell Lucas Oval
FOOTSCRAY V PRAHRAN at Mervyn G Hughes Oval
MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY V FRANKSTON PENINSULA at University Main Oval
MELBOURNE V GEELONG at Albert Ground
GREENVALE KANGAROOS V KINGSTON HAWTHORN at Greenvale Reserve #1
ROUND 4 – SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER (11:00am Start)
CARLTON V CAMBERWELL MAGPIES at Princes Park #1
CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE V DANDENONG at Casey Fields #4
FITZROY DONCASTER V ESSENDON at Schramms Reserve #1
FRANKSTON PENINSULA V FOOTSCRAY at AH Butler Oval
GEELONG V GREENVALE KANGAROOS at Geelong Cricket Ground (Peter Cox Shield)
KINGSTON HAWTHORN V RINGWOOD at Walter Galt Reserve
ST KILDA V MELBOURNE at Harry Trott Oval
MONASH TIGERS V MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY at Central Reserve North
NORTHCOTE V PRAHRAN at Toorak Park
The Women’s 1st XI competition last weekend saw a splitting of the points at Princes Park between Plenty Valley and Carlton-Brunswick and at the Albert Ground between Melbourne and Box Hill, while Prahran continued their unbeaten start to the season with wins in both games against Dandenong at Shepley Oval and Essendon Maribyrnong Park came away with the points from both games against Ringwood at Russell Lucas Oval.
With the WBBL season commencing this weekend, sides will begin to be depleted of their star players and will provide more opportunities for the next wave of players to showcase their talents.
Box Hill (5th) host Carlton-Brunswick (6th) at Box Hill City Oval. Both sides split the points in their respective encounters last weekend and both will be keen to take away both sets at the weekend. On paper, the Mustangs would appear to have more experience in the available players but the Strikers will be keen to see their players gel and take some points for their efforts. Gut feel says that the points to be split in this encounter.
Dandenong (7th) host Essendon Maribyrnong Park (2nd) at Shepley Oval. The Panthers were simply outclassed against Prahran while the Bombers comfortably took the points against Ringwood. The Panthers will be without Irish rep Kim Garth (Perth Scorchers) while the Bombers will be depleted by the loss of at least 3 players to WBBL duties. Expect the results to be a lot closer here, with a split of points likely.
Melbourne (4th) host Plenty Valley (3rd) at Beaumaris Secondary College – North Oval. Both sides shared points with their opponents last weekend and will be keen to keep their positions in the Top 4. Both sides are unlikely to lose anyone to the WBBL and will have the majority of their list on hand. With the feel of performances so far, I would think Melbourne will just have their nose in front to potentially ‘clean sweep’ the day.
Finally, Prahran (1st) host Ringwood (8th) at Righetti Oval. The True Blues clean-swept Dandenong while the Rams were soundly beaten by EMP. With the WBBL now kicking off, this will see Prahran’s depth tested as they will lose at least their 4 best players to this level and may help the Rams cause to be more competitive. The Rams will need to see more out of their experienced members and a couple of their younger brigade to fire to take the points in either game.
Congratulations go to the following members within Premier Cricket:
MEN’S PREMIER 1STS
Umpires C Lai & B Davies
Umpires C James & R Birch
ESSENDON V CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE at Windy Hill
Umpires D Ireland & M Malmberg
DANDENONG V NORTHCOTE at Shepley Oval
Umpires G Joshua & A Medina
Umpires S Pitts & C Grant
Umpires L Edwards & V Calabro
Umpires B Sheahan & R McKinnon
Umpires J Leonard-Scott & L Uthenwoldt
Umpires S Olufson & G Bawa
Umpires M Nolan & S Pitts
Umpires G Azzopardi & L Edwards
Umpires B Sheahan & T Wendelken
Umpires C Lai & A Medina
GEELONG V GREENVALE KANGAROOS at Geelong Cricket Ground
Umpires R Hubbard & C Grant
Umpires J Leonard-Scott & M Malmberg
Umpires R Birch & G Bawa
Umpires S Olufson & D Brigham
Umpires M Muthugounder & W Downey
WOMEN’S PREMIER 1STS
ROUND 5 & 6 T20 – SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER (10:00am and 2:00pm Start)
BOX HILL V CARLTON-BRUNSWICK at Box Hill City Oval
Umpires B Davies & V Calabro
DANDENONG V ESSENDON MARIBYRNONG PARK at Shepley Oval
Umpires L Uthenwoldt & R Harrison
MELBOURNE V PLENTY VALLEY at Beaumaris Secondary College – North Oval
Umpires R McKinnon & K Faulkner
PRAHRAN V RINGWOOD at Righetti Oval
Umpires M Robertson & C James