Attard into Country Reds
Thursday, 18th December, 2014
By Peter Argent
West Broken Hill batting all-rounder Mackenzie Attard has won selection for the Country Red side in the 2014-2015.
Attard was definitely the stand out batsman for the winless Barrier side at this year’s Under 16s Country Cup.
He was the side’s leading run getter with 124 at a respectable average of 31.00 and only failed to produce a start of the final day.
Adapting to the turf wickets and longer form of the game, Attard was also safe in the field, snaffling a pair of catches and is a handy option as a change bowler, collecting a trio of scalps.
The teenager has also played a couple of senior games for West’s this year - one in the B grade in November and his first A grade game last Saturday against South.
Two teams, a country red and a country black squad were selected to represent their country regions in the annual BankSA Under 17 Shield competition.
While the Australia verses India test was happening at Adelaide Oval, Attard was among a number of the most promising teenage rural cricketers in our state who played four days of cricket in suburban Adelaide.
This summer’s Under 17s Shield will run from Monday, January 5 until Thursday, January 15, with Attard being is impressive company.
Interestingly the winners, Yorke Peninsula, have three representatives including Blake Gutsche, who produced a double century last Tuesday and Joel Tilbrook, who played SACA District A grade cricket in round one this year, while the Barossa and Light combination, which finished second had four selections including captain James Madden who finished his tournament with 94 and 102 not out.
Also playing for the Country Red team Isaac Moller, who is also an All-Australian under 15 footballer this year, won selection as well, after a century (and a pair of ducks).
In the Country Black side South East lad Ryan Hosking, was a member of the Glenelg SANFL under 16s premiership side early this year and was also in the Redbacks under 17s side that clinched the national championships in January.
The Country Red team - Blake Gutsche (YP), Joel Tilbrook (YP), Riley Robinson (B&L), James Madden (B&L), Bailey Hann (YP), Will Pratt (MN), Aaron Nietshcke (B&L), Charlie Williams (EP), Mackenzie Attard (Barrier), Ben Pengelley (UN), Isaac Moller (MN), Tim Reynolds (EP), Jake Wohling (MN).