The results may not have come as yet, but positives are aplenty after 2 rounds of TCA action have been completed for the Pies.
The two's have led the way with convincing wins from both their two starts, the 3's are one from two, and may yet be two from two if one Damien Green didn't play while first and under 17's are yet to win a game.
Second Grade have been particuarly impressive, both games have seen the top order make runs and steady contributions from the rest of the batting order has seen competitive scores reached in both games. Pravish Prakash, who is pressing for first grade selection, has been particuarly impressive opening the batting, making 43 and 25 in his first two digs, hopefully he can turn one of these starts into a big score in the next game against Kingborough. Special Mention must go to All-Rounder and 'VC' Matthew Hamilton, who struck his maiden fifty in all forms of cricket with a powerful 61 against Uni. Of the other batsman Soggy got a 48 in round 1, Luke Curran has been impressive, Corey Whitbread and Simon Palmer have shown glimpes, while Richie Dilger has gone missing big time.
The bowling and fielding has been the two's most impressive aspect though. In both games they have rolled the opposition team for just over 100, the pace quartet of Kial Hingston, Curran, Hamilton and little known seamer David Hunt proving deadly. Captain Sog and the young Dilger have came on both games to mop up the tail.
While First Grade has been defeated fairly convincingly in the opening two rounds, positives have been aplenty, with improvement being shown in the game against SHSB from the first one againt Uni.
Without doubt the thing that has impressed most has been our fielding, both the one's and two's seeming to have taken massive strides from last season in that department. The departing of several 'larger' or 'slower' players over the last 2 years, without naming anybody (Shelto and Knighty), has also been a factor in our improved speed and agility in the field.
Individually, Nathan Matthews impressed with the ball in round 1 before succumbing to a back injury. He also impressed with the bat in round 2 with a solid 30. Nathan Philip showed maturity way beyond his 15 years of age with 37 in round 1. Trent LeRossignol and Liam Reynolds bowled well against the Bay, the Dilger's continue to raise their own bar in the field (nothing short of freakish), while Matty also found something with the ball in round two, reguarly nudging the 30 km/h mark in his 9 overs for 17. Kelby continues to run in hard and make us laugh, the Chimes plays well as a number 9 specialist batsman and Brad Absolom made his return to cricket against the Bay and showed some promise for us fielding at mid-wicket. So all in all, although the results haven't gone our way, the one's have taken some positives and feel our first win is only just around the corner.
Third Grade have won one and lost one, and could easily be two zip but several grassed chances and no-ball dilemma's cost them against SHSB. Brennan Ploughman, Patty McGowan and Koushik Kannan, yes, Kouushik Kannan have all passed the half century mark once in the first two games and are staking their claims for second grade selection.
Tim Faltusz grabbed 6/31 in the first game whilst Jamie Adams, Brad McKenzie and Ploughman have all impressed with the ball.
The Under 17's, reigning premiers in their division, are very much a new look team with only two survivors, Tim Spotswood and Matty Triffitt regained from last years twelve that took the trophy.
Tommy Coates impressed in round 2 with an unbeaten 52 opening the batting, and Braden Howlett did likewise in round 1 for 40 not out. Contributions with the bat have been non existant with the rest of the team with Tommy and Braden the only men to make over 20 in each of the innings.
The bowling has improved from week one to week two, with Spotswood and Jayden Wylie opening the bowling well, and Tommy Coates and Braden Howlett providing good support.
The club is looking forward to our next round of games against Kingborough and feel we are a genuine chance to take the points in all games. It is a two day fixture, with the one's at KGV and two's at Kingston Beach Oval. Good luck to all teams.