Kids chase hat-trick
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
NAME any level of representative cricket this year and Coffs Harbour has made the final of it.
Both the senior teams made it through to the play-off match but what is even more remarkable is that all three of the junior teams have reached the same stage and they'll be chasing glory tomorrow.
Unfortunately none of the local junior teams will be playing on home turf tomorrow and they'll be travelling far and wide to attempt to bring home the spoils of victory.
The under 16 team is travelling to Ellem Oval in Grafton ably led by their Northern District's Gurjot Thandi where they will meet the best that the Clarence River Association can assemble.
Recent first-grade debutant Joe Willman will be calling on his knowledge learnt from his recent experiences as he leads the under 14 outfit at Yamba against a highly reputed Lower Clarence team.
The under 12's this year has had co-captains leading them into battle and tomorrow Tyler White and Michael Oates will be hoping that they are next in a long line of Coffs Harbour captains to lead a representative team to a title when they travel to Dorrigo for a meeting with Nambucca/Bellingen.
President of the Coffs Harbour Junior Association Mark Bellamy can't hide his delight or pride at the performances of the three teams so far this summer.
"It's a great effort, I've been involved as long as I've lived here which is five years and it's the first time in that period that we've got all three teams into the final," he said.
"We're going in with a lot of enthusiasm but because we're the away team in each game we weren't the leaders in the competition.
"We're not overly confident but we'll be giving it all we've got."