LEETON Public School’s cricket team is officially among the best in the state.
The side finished fourth at the recent NSW PSSA knockout competition.
The team consisted of Charlie Lamont (captain), Blake McDonald, Jayden Broadbent, Flynn Anthony, Tom Allen, Jhi Grundy, Logan Mahalm, Tyson Collins, Cohen Matthews, Will Aliendi, Kurt Young and Luca Deaton.
The group travelled to Maitland on November 28 to compete in the semi-finals of the Brian Taber Shield, where they took on Neutral Bay Public in one of the semi-finals.
Neutral Bay won the toss and chose to bat. The opening batters from Neutral Bay took to the LPS bowling with relish, making a total of 172 runs.
After battling hard at the crease, LPS finished with 72 runs, 100 behind their opponents. In the other semi-final Narranga Public School from the Coffs Harbour area defeated Muswellbrook Public School.
Leeton Public’s second game was against Muswellbrook in a far more casual game. After losing the toss, LPS were unfortunately defeated. Team manager Jenny Tiffin said it was a stellar effort.
“We were all so proud of our team for making it to the top four teams in the state of NSW out of a starting line-up of 340 teams,” she said.
“The skills shown were the culmination of many years of outside school cricket training and Saturday and Sunday cricket. I was impressed to hear the official umpires comment to me on the high standard of ability on display in the semi-finals.”
Tiffin said there were many people who needed to be praised for their assistance.
“Thank you to David Tiffin for starting off the whole process by coaching the players from term four in 2016 through to the week before the semi’s,” she said.
“Thank you to Scott McDonald for setting up fields and umpiring earlier games. Thanks to Ryan Mahalm for umpiring several games.
“Thank you to the many wonderful parents who have driven their children and others to venues, taking time off work and paying for overnight accommodation.
“Thanks to Matt Bandy for sponsoring and supplying new team shirts for all our players.”