Edebone Weber Gilley's Shield
Round 1 Rosedale Park
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December 12 - 15
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4 July 2012
At the half way mark of the International Youth Cup, it is too close to call, with the top six teams in both the Women’s and Men’s division within striking distance of top position.
The event, being held at Blacktown International Sportspark, is made up of a mixture of Australian and New Zealand National Youth Squads, together with various Academy teams from across Australia.
In the women’s division, all three Australian Youth Squad teams are sitting at the top of the ladder, with Australia U19 Women’s Green dropping only one game from their opening five games to be one point clear of Australia U17 Women’s Squad. The Australian U19 Women’s Green team has been strong with the bat scoring 27 runs. Defensively they have been able to shut down teams allowing only six runs from all games played.
The Australian U17 Women’s Squad drew with Adelaide Shores in their opening game on day one, which could prove to be a valuable point as they currently sit one point clear in second ahead of a pack of three teams, including Australia U19 Women’s Gold, NZ Women’s Development and NSW Women’s Metro. Adelaide Shores sit another point back on five points, but with wins today against Waverley and NZ Women’s Development they could leap frog teams and find themselves in finals contention.
On the final day before finals, teams will be throwing everything at their opposition as they try to secure a top four finish.
The men’s division sees a log jam at the top of the ladder with the top four sides all tied on six points each. Home town favourites, NSW Men’s Metro, currently sit on top of the ladder having displayed great defensive pressure by only allowing a total of five runs in. Western Civil (Vic), NZ Men’s Development and Namadgi Dragons (ACT) make up the top four with each team dropping only one game from their opening four games. With the NSW Men’s Metro, Western Civil and Namadgi Dragons lists bolstered with Aussie Colts athletes, they will be tough opposition for teams on the final day of round games.
The two Australian U17 Men’s teams sit a game back and ready to make a charge for finals, both winning two games apiece after the second days play. The Australian U17 Men’s Gold team had a positive day two defeating Western Civil 5-0 and then pushing Namadgi Dragons all the way but eventually losing 5-4. In the run to finals the Gold team looks to have the more favourable draw as they take on Adelaide Shores and NSW Men’s Country who are both chasing their first win at the event.
With each of the men’s teams scheduled to play three games today, and a possible six points up for grabs for each team, the finals race is sure to be an exciting and tight affair.
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