Tuesday, 14th December, 2010
Barrier moved into the last game of the SA Country Cup carnival last week against the Super Star South East boys.
South East had the confidence and the arrogance of all top sides, which left Barrier on the back foot early in the contest, but Coach Rosewarn and his assistant Curtis Jelber turged the boys to try and take something from the contest and to get stuck into the opposition as best they could.
For Barrier to start well, early wickets were the key and once again, Rosewarn and O'Mally strived as hard as they could, but all to no avail.
A couple of 50/50 (probably closer to 80/20) lbw and run-out chances went in favour of the tournament favourites and when AJ Files cleaned up one of the centurymakers with a no ball (called on the back foot cutting the side crease) the boys had really struggled through their overs.
Hunt was again strong with the ball, as were all the bowlers; King and Bright certainly colourful to say the least. All the bowlers used for the week did a good job throughout with O'Mally the stand out and Hunt surprising many batsman as he got quicker through the week as his action was smoothed out.
In an attempt to try and be aggressive against the South Egos, King charged to the centre with Max Everuss and whilst not overly comfortable against some really quick bowling, shots played and some aggression shown certainly got under the skin of the opposition.
Whilst a win was not in the equation, the Barrier boys all left the field in good spirits having gone to battle with a great attitude and enjoying the contest.
The wash up of the carnival was that David O'Mally was selected in one of the country sides which was a great effort for the quietly spoken paceman, who had a great carnival.
His 4 for 24 off 10 overs on day 3 was no doubt the highlight. David will now join in the best cricketers of the state in January for a two-week competition and if he can get his hands on the new ball, could certainly improve even further and gain selection at higher levels.
After such a beating on day 4, you would think the boys had had enough of cricket but they all joined in celebrations where the following awards were presented.
Player of the Carnival: David O'Mally. Outstanding bowling on all days. Good hit with the bat on day 2 and strong in the field.
Coaches Choice: A J Files. Did everything asked of him. Bowled well and rewarded with couple of wickets. Biggest hit of the Carnival.
Leading Batsman: Liam King. 38 not out. Contained some typical King shots over square leg and straight. Bowled well at times and usual brilliance in the field.
Fielding Award: Callum Rosewarn. Great with the ball on Day 1. Held some neat catches and throwing from the boundary always kept oppositionon their toes.
Leading Bowler: Mason Hunt. Surprised many batsman and will be better for the experience for sure. Message to the Barrier Coach for 2011 carnival:Give Mason the new ball and watch him go.
Absolute gentleman and always gave his all. Dazza Award: Cohen Pettitt. Lead from the front and was good with the bat and excellent behind the stumps.
Could not have captained any better and bound for bigger things no doubt. Denzo Award: Brodey Hack. Unfortunately injury to Tyson Foster-Ali left the squad at 11 and did not enable any of the players to have a break.
Luckily, Brodey was available and took to the field on Day 4 and was everywhere around the field and great support for the players. Mum's Choice:
Henry Carroll. Had a very good carnival with the number 3 spot. Copped some brilliant bowling and also, on day 2 victim of one of the best pieces of fielding likely to be seen.
Chased down every ball in the field and like all the boys, pleasure to have on the trip.