2011/12 - GRAND FINALS.

Yes, they have done it again! Max Drew's marvellous FIFTH XI have again been runner's up - 2 seasons in a row now. What a terrific effort to again reach the Grand Final ... only to be defeated by Newlyn - Coronet City who were definitely the better team and deserved their victory. Nothing can be taken away from our Fifths who had a wonderful season under the leadership of Max and Ejaz. Special mention must go to Brad Gifford for his brilliant century in the Grand Final - three tons for the season ... and also to the tireless bowling efforts of Chris Griffin throughout the finals series which included the amazing figures of 9 for 15 in the semi final. This achievement is the 3rd best individual bowling performance in the club's 69 year history - INCREDILBLE!

Our FIRST XI continued their amazing season, remaining undefeated and winning their 4th consecutive premiership equalling the efforts of our First XI and Second XI's who also won four 'flags' during the late 1970's and early 1980's.

It should also be mentioned that this year's team again won the State 20/20 title at the M.C.G. which equates in total to 23 wins from 23 games during the season. Under the astute guidance of Heath Pyke, Gavin Webb and David Ellis this group of players have taken all before them, demonstrating excellent ability, cricket nous and an enormous desire to win. They have a very strong belief in each other as individuals and as a team.

During the First XI Grand Final we saw an amazing batting display by Tristan Dixon who pulverised the opposition attack, compiling a century in each innings ... a unique achievement...Very well done Tristan! 

Our first innings was at first rescued by Tristan and Heath Pyke [74]  with a wonderful partnership and then we witnessed one of the most amazing massacres of a bowling attack in B.CA. First XI history when David Ellis and Grant Bell smashed 114 from the final 10 overs of the innings. This enabled the score to reach 6 for 334. On the second day Napoleons -Sebastopol were dismissed for 104 with Sam Peeters, Eamon Johnson, Tristan Dixon and Tim Beacham all claiming multiple wickets. In our second innings Tristan continued his demolition[125] and he was very well supported by Tom Reece who batted through the innings being 75 not out when 'Naps' conceded at the conclusion of the third day's play with our score at 5 for 279. It should be noted that Tom's efforts in both the semi and grand finals were outstanding - he also batted through the entire day's play in the semi final, again being unconquered - a great effort by a wonderful young player.

As the season has now drawn to a close, all players would like to thank and acknowledge the wonderful 'off field' support given to them by parents, families, friends and supporters. It was fantastic to have so many supporting our teams throughout the season and then during the finals. Now we rest ... and as the First XI players commented at the end of the Grand Final - there is still more to achieve.