Mildura Weekly : Friday March 7 2014 Vol 8 No 18
www.milduraweekly.com.au 72 Mildura Weekly – 07/03/14 By VINNIE RODI IT’S been a whirlwind couple of weeks for former Irymple Cricket Club fast bowler Jake Reed, with the 23-year-old recently becom- ing the 839th player to represent Victoria in Sheffield Shield com- petition. Playing his second game this week against Tasmania at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Reed has also helped make Austra- lian cricket history, participating in the first day/night Sheffield Shield games in more than 30 years. An initiative being trialled by Cricket Australia, Shield games have been kicking off at 2pm this week across the country, with the final session of play concluding at around 9.30pm. This week’s matches have also seen players use a new ‘pink ball,’ with Jake giving the concept a tick of approval yesterday. “I haven’t played night cricket since my days in the Red Cliffs Cricket Association, so it has cer- tainly been something different,” he said. “If I remember correctly we were only allowed to come off three steps that night too! “This week has been sensa- tional. “While the pink ball has been a lot different to the traditional red ball – mainly that it hasn’t swung as much – it’s still been a good experience.” Making his Shield debut two weeks ago against South Austra- lia at the Adelaide Oval, Reed admitted nerves had got the best of him after finishing with match figures of 0/88 from 19 overs. “Adelaide Oval wasn’t an ide- al place to make my Shield debut as a bowler,” he said. “The wicket was pretty flat, and to be perfectly honest I didn’t put in the performance I would have wanted. “I let nerves and my person- al expectations get the better of me.” Disappointed by his initial showing, Reed was given another chance this week against Tasma- nia, with the game played at the home of cricket – the Melbourne Cricket Ground. “There was a thought in the back of my head that I might get dropped after the Adelaide game,” he said. “When I was told I was going to play against Tasmania I knew that I had to take the opportunity with both hands.” And take that opportunity he did, proving a standout in the first innings, finishing with fig- ures of 2/42 off 16 overs. The youngster’s scalps were former Australian opener Ed Cowan, and Jonathan Wells. “Cowan was my first wick- et, and I was pretty happy with that,” Reed said. “To get that first wicket out of the way has cer- tainly calmed me down, and I feel I bowled much better in this game.” Reed was also instrumental in the field in Tasmania’s first in- nings, running out another for- mer Australian representative in Mark Cosgrove. Tasmania were 5/164 chasing 318 for victory prior to the Mil- dura Weekly going to print, with Reed boasting figures of 1/31 of 14 overs in the second innings. Reed said playing on the MCG for the first time was also some- thing he would never forget. “Before this week I had only ever walked out on the MCG once before, so to walk out as the opening bowler for Victoria in a Shield game was huge,” Reed said. “It’s an amazing feeling to see your name and face on the big screen, and hopefully there’s more to come in the future.” SCA names Grand Final venues Sidecar Spectacular to bring speedway season to a close A TALENTED and even field will be in action for to- morrow night’s Cleanaway Sidecar Spectacular, with the event to close the 2014 Olympic Park Speedway sea- son. Australia and interna- tional riders will converge on Olympic Park for the event, which is in its 37th year. Two groups of seven riders will go head-to-head throughout the heat races, with semi-finals to decide who will win the Keith ‘Curly’ Carmes Trophy. Fresh from podium re- sults in last week’s Victorian Sidecar Championships, New South Wales riders Shane Hudson/Brad Pitt will be looking to consolidate their position ahead of the Australian Championships, which will be held at the end of the month at the pair’s Kurri Kurri home track. Shepparton’s Jason ‘Squirrel’ Trewin/Jake French will also be look- ing to further their podium position after last week’s meeting, with Trewin always keen to get involved in a ‘hurly burly,’ and with this new combination seems to be more successful than ever. Local stars Byren Gates/ Mick O’Loughlin and Dale Milner/Nick O’Brien will lead a strong Mildura con- tingent, which also includes evergreen Chris Holmes/ George Hancock, AJ Pearce/ Brodie Gebhart and Chris Dess/Emily Seymour, who are turning out to be the finds of the 2014 season. An experienced Dess has moved from Alice Springs to Mildura to get more rid- ing, and has taken on board a young lady with a strong speedway pedigree in Emily Seymour. The Dess/Seymour com- bination has been gelling to- gether for the whole season, and should be well pleased with their riding efforts. Gates has had his ma- chine on the ‘dyno’ over the past two weeks, and the ma- chine is now driving better as a result. Gates has also been in- cluded in the field for the qualifying meeting at Kurri, while Milner continues to improve at every meeting whether riding on the mod- ern or classic machines. Chris Holmes (although tipping over in a January meeting) is enjoying his rac- ing, and with young George Hancock on side is showing good speed, while AJ Pearce/ Brodie Gebhart continue to improve. Broken Hill will again be strongly represented by the Stephens family, who have kept the speedway flame alive in Broken Hill. Rick ‘Bartman’ Stephens and pas- senger Darcy Risstrom have made it to the qualifying meeting for the 2014 Aus- tralian Sidecar title, while brother Dan ‘Mud’ Stephens has his son Lock alongside. Our two ‘season-long’ British visitors are back for some more high speed ac- tion, with British champi- ons Mark Cossar/Daz Whet- stone expected to feature at the meeting’s end. Constant podium re- sults over the season has meant that Cossar’s trip to Australia has been reward- ing, as he always intended to learn as much as he could from the best in Australia. He was the first rider to test the new Olympic Park AirFence early in the season, and came away unscathed. Mick Cave – the other English visitor – has also been consistent during the year, enjoying good races around Australia. Mick has a special love for Olympic Park, and will enjoy anoth- er outing at the hallowed ground. Also making the journey from the Hunter Valley is Shane Hudson’s father Phil, who has been coming to Mildura for many years. Phil has been a great rider, and while now back- inghisboyintodowellat the 2014 Titles at the end of this month, Phil will give the ‘spare’ bike a workout to ensure it is in tip-top condi- tion. Making their way to Mil- dura for another meeting is Melbourne’s Mark Radford/ Chris Walker, who are al- ways likely to take points off unsuspecting teams. The Melbourne combination enjoyed their best Victorian Title result last week, and will be keen to repeat the dose against some of last week’s opposition. Classic Sidecars will also provide action and support to the Curly Carmes Tro- phy meeting, with the most likely winner to be Broken Hill’s Rob Kemp – this time with Nick O’Brien in the chair. Local riders Rod and Brodie Gebhart and Simon Cohrs/Reece Farr will have their work cut out against the aggressive Silver City Master in Kemp, but the contest should be good throughout the night. Visitors from South Aus- tralia include Rocky War- ren/Joel Wilsch and Steve Lewis/Sean Chapman, with Paul Donolly/Jamie Knud- sen, Steve Radford/Mike Crundwell and George Atherton also looking to do well. The next opportunity for Classic competitors will be the Mildura Club’s ‘Winter- sun Classic’ – which will be held during the long week- end in June. The Ulysses Club will also host their annual ‘Win- tersun Run’ rally at Olympic Park. Olympic Park gates will open from 5pm tomorrow, with a Junior meeting to act as a curtain-raiser from 6.30pm. The Cleanaway Sidecar Spectacular will commence at 7.30pm. Olympic Park has full catering and some grand- stand accommodation available for patrons, with no BYO by law. slide sultans of with Brendon Gledhill Reed enjoying the challenge of Shield cricket • Former Irymple Cricket Club speedster, Jake Reed (wearing number 34), is swamped by his Victorian team mates after claiming his first wicket at the Shefield Sheild level this week against Tasmania. Photo: Getty Images. ONLY two weeks remain until the Sunraysia Cricket Associa- tion crowns its 2013/14 premiers across all senior and junior divi- sions, with the organisation this week naming its six Grand Final venues. Based on ratings received throughout the SCA season, Aero 2 – the home of the Mildura West Cricket Club – will host the Divi- sion One Grand Final, with this year’s game expected to be a tight affair, with all top four teams – Workers-Gol Gol, Mildura Settlers, Mildura East and Merbein South – capable of taking out the title. The Mildura Senior College, the home of Mildura Settlers Cricket Club, will host the Divi- sion Two final, while Division Three finalists will battle it out at Merbein South’s Chaffey Park home ground. The Irymple Cricket Club’s Henshilwood Oval (which hosted the Division One final last season) will host the Division Four decid- er, while the Under 16 Grand Final will be played at Aero 1, and the Under 14 final will be held at the Nichols Point Reserve.
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