Juniors do region proud at carnival

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
The Under-13 Warren-Blackwood cricket team were triumphant in the Bunbury Junior Carnival.
Camera IconThe Under-13 Warren-Blackwood cricket team were triumphant in the Bunbury Junior Carnival. Credit: Supplied

The Warren Blackwood Cricket Association sent an under-13 and under-15 team to the Bunbury Junior Cricket Carnival and both teams came back with personal and team success under their belts.

The teams consisted of members from Boyup Brook, Manjimup, Bridgetown and Pemberton, who all travelled to Bunbury over the Australia Day weekend for the competition.

The under-13s won their division and the under-15s came in second place for theirs.

The Under-15 Warren-Blackwood team finished second in their division.
Camera IconThe Under-15 Warren-Blackwood team finished second in their division. Credit: Supplied

Manjimup Junior Cricket Club secretary Jodi Johnston said there had also been some big individual victories achieved at the competition.

“Brock Tempra and Tom Wilson achieved a 199 partnership off 215 balls which was amazing to watch,” she said.

“It was also nice to see everybody else so happy for them, and to see the Bunbury coach come up and congratulate them as well.”

Tom Wilson congratulates Brock Tempra after his 109 off 112 balls.
Camera IconTom Wilson congratulates Brock Tempra after his 109 off 112 balls. Credit: Supplied

She said there had been lots of other personal achievements on the day, but overall it was how they worked as a team which led to their success.

“They all got along really well and they all stayed together as a team as well so they got to know each other better and make friends,” Johnston said.

“We also had lots of parents support this year which was really helpful.”

She said a few years ago junior cricket numbers had looked as if they were dying off, but instead numbers had maintained, which enabled children in the region to keep playing the sport.

“They can continue to take part in bigger competitions such as this one, which Warren Blackwood has competed in for a long time,” she said.

The 13B Warren-Blackwood team celebrate their win at the carnival.
Camera IconThe 13B Warren-Blackwood team celebrate their win at the carnival. Credit: Supplied

Ten players from the region were also given the opportunity to play for Bunbury Districts Cricket Association in the recent junior country week in early January.

Johnston said this proved we still have keen cricketers coming through the ranks who can fit into that level of ability.

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