Committed cricketers serve school with pride
THE ST Mary's Primary School senior boys cricket team has come within a whisker of a day out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Not in the crowd, but actually playing cricket on the MCG.
St Mary's fell just short in the Queensland final of Milo T20 blast, against Kallangur Primary School.
Kallangur heads to Victoria to play the national finals.
But for St Mary's the achievement of having come so far has not lessened.
"It was pretty close until the last couple of balls," St Mary's teacher and cricket team coach Jarrod Boyle said.
"There were lots of tears after the game.
"They are a committed bunch of kids.
"They've trained every lunch time for the last couple of months, so to fall just short was pretty tough."
At Allan Border Field, St Mary's beat Frenchville and Tolga primary schools, before beating The Southport School to reach the final against Kallangur.
That came after they had won both their district and regional competitions.
Boyle said the team's success came in large part to their willingness to put aside personal ambition for the team goals.
"Over the course of the competition they started to work for each other," the coach said. "That really carried them through."
In the Milo Blast, all eight players in the team get an over to bowl each. Batting pairs get two overs between them.
So it rewards a team with an even spread of talent, rather than one or two individual stars.
"Our boys play a lot of other sports and are all naturally talented sportsmen," Boyle said.
Despite that, there was no hiding the awesome batting of Jed Lacey, who hit 40 off six balls in one game.
It is possible because some zones, such as straight down the ground, offer double points, so a six is worth 12.
Zane Kaatz also deserves special mention as the only grade five boy in a team of grade sixes.
"There are some very talented boys with real potential," Boyle said.