What do we do now that Big Bash is over???
What a month it has been for Australian cricket lovers. The Big Bash in it's 6th season for the men and 2nd season for the women has most certainly been an enormous success. TNF CRICKET has had a massive Big Bash Season in both the men and women as well with up to 11 Ambassadors doing their best for their franchise. Johan Botha, Elyse Villani and Emily Smith all experienced heartbreak in the 'Big Dance' with their respective teams.
Botha was a standout for the Sydney Sixers throughout the tournament with ball and his King bat in hand. Asked to open the bowling in majority of the games Johan controlled the power play with great control, change ups in speeds and his superb accuracy and patience. It is most certainly the hardest time to bowl as a spinner but Johan showed all of his skills to be one of the bowlers of the tournament. With his new Long Handle King bat Johan was asked to dig the Sixers out of trouble several times to which he rose to the occasion a number of times. Johan took to social media last night to thank all those who supported him throughout the tournament. Johan now embarks on another T20 tournament, this one to be held in Dubai for the Pakistan Premier League where he is an Assistant Coach to Dean Jones for the reigning champions Islamabad franchise.
Australian Opening bat Elyse Villani had a superb tournament for the Perth Scorcher. Villani set the tempo with hard hitting approach more often than not as she relished using her female customised White Diamond bat. The White Diamond range has been exclusively designed and produced for female cricketers of all ages by TNF CRICKET. Elyse unfortunately with her fellow Perth Scorchers Wicket Keeper/Batsman Emily Smith we on the receiving end of a Big Bash Final defeat at the hands of the very powerful and disciplined Sydney Sixers. BUT overall the girls had a wonderful tournament, congrats girls.
Molly Strano (right) backed up her efforts in BBL01 with another stella campaign with ball and when required with the bat. Strano was rewarded with a position in the team of the tournament for the second year running.
So the Big Bash is done... and we now turn our focus to the remainder of the red ball season for our men as our girls return back to Grade Cricket across the country. Elyse will trek off to New Zealand next month for a One Day Series which is set to be streamed live at www.cricket.com.au.
In form wicket keeper batsman Tim Ludeman brought up a well made ton yesterday in the South Australian Grade One Day Semi Final against arch rivals Kensignton. Ludeman is pushing hard for a Shield recall.
Daniel 'Franky' Worrall bowled in yesterday's semi for Kensington also after a long lay off due to stress fractures. Franky will be hoping to impress once again with the red ball when the SACA commence their Shield season this week.
Back in Melbourne, Melbourne Stars wicket keeper/batter Seb Gotch will hopefully get a call up for the Bushrangers with the absence of a number of players all in New Zealand representing the Aussies in the Chappel-Hadlee series. Good luck Gotchy.
What a week at the National Cricket centre
We caught up with TNF CRICKET Ambassador Mitch Perry to have a chat about how his week went up at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
"The basis of the week was to give young cricketers an idea on how a professional cricketer would go about it. For us to become familiar with nutrition and the mental side of the game.
The Coaches we had during the week included Troy Cooley, Ryan Harris, Graeme Manou, Matthew Elliot and John Davidson along with the state talent managers.
The programme for the week ran like a big cricket camp. Fast bowlers would bowl for an hour, then do fielding for an hour, whilst batters were facing spinners on the sub continent wickets that they have up here. We would rotate through each of the skill-sets and have coaches helping us one on one whilst in the group setting.
We did 4 days of training. I flew up Sunday last week, did a 3D bowling test, and then the next two days were full on training. We played a 40 over game on Thursday to finish the week off. The standouts in my opinion for the week were Jason Sangha from NSW, Will Sutherland, Zak Evans and Nathan Murphy from Victoria, Jack Edwards from NSW, along side Darcy Marsh and Angus Lovell from Queensland. All in all it was an awesome experience to be at the NCC with Ryan Harris coaching us fast bowlers for the week and Matthew Elliot helping us with our batting was just grouse!!"
Thanks Mitch for your insights into what sounded like a great week for you and all the lads up there.
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Sartori & Dragon blitz Ringwood
TNF Ambassador Daniel Sartori from the Monash Tigers here in Melbourne made a terrific 99 not out on Saturday against a very formidable Ringwood line up. Chasing 258 for victory in the last of the white ball fixtures Sartori was joined by fellow TNF CRICKETER Dom (Dragon) Matarazzo as the Tigers found themselves in a slightly precarious position of 2-59 and a big chase in front of them.
The pair with their TNF blades in hand put on the match winning and possibly season defining partnership of exactly 200 as they chased down the Rams total and secured the points. Matarazzo with a new Diamond HR made his maiden First Grade ton and Sartori took his season tally to a super impressive 557 at a tick under 50.
Well done to the two lads on their fine feats at the weekend gone.
OATES, DeSilva, Perry & Harvey announced in ca rookie squad
Young Gun Ambassadors of the brand Triyan DeSilva, Keegan Oates, Mitch Perry (pictured right) and MacKenzie Harvey have all be rewarded with CA Rookie Squad Camp positions later this month to be held at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. Macca Harvey will be absent for the camp due to being in Dubai as skipper of the Cricket Australia Under 16 team. Good luck Macca.
Taken from the Cricket Australia website, Cricket Australia Pathways Manager Graham Manou said:
“The Pathways Rookie Program was developed to provide Australia’s finest young cricketers access to the best development opportunities at a pivotal time in their development as players and people,” Manou said.
“This camp is an essential part of this program, and an invaluable experience into what the life of a professional cricketer entails, including access to the best facilities and coaches in the country.
“We believe this camp will build on the state-based high performance pathway programs and give these players greater exposure to the top level.
“With so many opportunities in sport for young Australians, we are determined to do everything we can to develop and engage the players in our Pathway to ensure Australian cricket has a wealth of talent to call on in the years to come.”
The camp is an extension of the Cricket Australia Pathways Rookie Program, which was launched in 2015, and this year incorporates 53 players in the 14 to 17-year-old age bracket from across the country.
When speaking with Ambassador Keegan Oates earlier this week he said:
"I can't wait to go away in the coming weeks with this squad. It will be a pretty awesome experience to be up there at the Centre of Excellence. Getting upgraded from Bronze to Gold in this squad has meant that I am able to attend with so many young talented players from around the country."
Triyan DeSilva the young Monash Tigers fast bowling all-rounder has come through the Young Gun Cricket Academy programme held at TNF HQ last season. That programme saw him work on his game intensively with Special Coaches Darren Berry, Dimi Mascarenhas, Lal Jayasinghe, Michael Hill and Head Coach Shannon Young.
We wish all the lads the very best at the Rookie Camp. TNF CRICKET will be sure to keep you all updated on the fella's progress over the coming weeks as the Centre of Excellence. You can read more on the Rookie Camp via the Cricket Australia Website, click here.
tnf wicket keeping online & hq sale
Make sure you head into TNF HQ or shop online here in order to obtain a special 17% OFF ALL Wicket Keeping products in our range. Products include Bones and King Gloves; King pads and of course the all important wk inners. Make sure you catch them well in 2017 and make the most of these special offers.
Villani with another Player of the match award in bbl02
TNF Ambassador Elyse Villani struck her third 50 of BBL02 this afternoon at Toorak Park in perfect Summer conditions. Her and Szie Bates stole the show scoring the 117 required with ease. Villani further stamped herself as one of the most exciting & destructive players of the tournament thus far with a match winning 57 off 43 deliveries using her new female customised White Diamond bat and protective range.
Alongside Elyse today saw the second game for wicket keeper batsman Emily Smith who was out there behind the stumps with her new black Bones MK III. Smith was called into the Scorchers line up yesterday to debut against the Melbourne Renegades in the first of the back to back fixtures for the Perth girls.
Congrats to Em on her debut and Elyse for another match winning performance. You can read more about the day's proceedings as well as see highlights of Elyse here via the Cricket Australia website.
BOTHA DOMINATES SCORCHERS
TNF ambassador Johan Botha turned in a man of the match performance in the Sydney Sixers six-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers in their BBL06 clash at the SCG.
Botha opened the bowling with his off-spinners and claimed 1-26 from four overs, removing lower-order danger man Ashton Agar in his last over.
The former-South African then guided his side home using his TNF Diamond, scoring 30 not out from just 19 balls with two fours and one six.
Botha’s fielding was also on show with two outfield catches including a fantastic effort to remove Scorchers’ keeper Sam Whiteman. Botha, fielding at deep square leg had to cover ground to his right, took the catch in front of his eyes, threw the ball in the air as he was going over the rope and then stepped in the field of play to compete the catch.
Earlier in the day TNF’s young gun Mitch Perry got his first taste of the big time, playing the curtain raiser to the BBL.
In a match featuring the best young players from the recent National Under-19 Championship, Perry opened the bowling for the Ponting XI and bowled four tidy overs, including some at fellow Victorian Will Pucovski.
Perry’s Ponting XI chased down the Gilchrist XI’s 165 with one ball to spare with Austin Waugh, the son of former Australian great Steve, producing a handy knock of 27.
21 BLACKJACK RELEASED
Whilst Director Michael Sheedy was in India last month he chose 21 Limited Edition Black Jack Grade 2 pieces of English Willow. These blades are enormous in profile yet pick up amazingly well given their size and profile. They have to be seen to be believed!!
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Big Bash League #06 kicked off Tuesday evening as the Sydney Thunder hosted cross town rivals the Sixers at a sold-out Spotless Stadium. Both sides have made significant list changes from last season. The defending champions the Thunder will be without Usman Khawaja (Test duty) and Shane Watson (inj.) but have signed English ODI skipper Eoin Morgan off the back of the retirement of Michael Hussey and Jacques Kallis. The return of young quick Pat Cummins is also a big boost.
The Sixers have acquired the English duo of Jason Roy and wicket-keeper Sam Billings, bolstering their batting lineup, and TNF Ambassador Johan Botha (left) will look to continue on from a strong campaign last season, bowling particularly well on night one of the biggest show in town. Working with new signing Joe Mennie to contain the likes of big hitting Jamaican Andre Russell was very good.
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TNF AMBASSADORS LIGHT UP WBBLO2
Southern Stars batter Elyse Villani delivered a match winning performance for her Perth Scorchers, compiling 54 off 45 balls with her TNF White Diamond. Sharing in a 92 run opening stand with Suzie Bates, Villani's scintillating knock included 8 boundaries, and proved to be the difference as the Scorchers notched up their first win in WBBL #02. Alongside Elyse Emily-Smith, Villani will hope to lead the Scorchers to the top of the table after they face the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium on December 29.
Ambassador Erin Burns provided super over heroics for the Hobart Hurricanes, smashing 10 off 3 balls to hand defeat to the Melbourne Renegades. The Hurricanes next matchup is with the Strikers on the 27th of December, hopefully we see the emergence of 15 year old talent Courtney Webb.
Look out for Melbourne Stars' New Zealand International Hayley Jensen and young starlet Hayleigh Brennan, as they will be key factors in the Stars charge for the title. The Stars currently sit atop the table with 3 wins.
Molly Strano has had an excellent start to WBBL #02. The 24 year old Renegade has taken five wickets in four games, at a superb economy rate of 4.9. Her 34 with the bat almost helped her side get over the line against the Hurricanes at Queen Elizabeth Oval on Sunday. Also keep an eye out for rising star Kirsty Lamb, as the Renegades next encounter is with the Scorchers on Dec 29.
TNF to support Young Gun to tour india in 2017 - A trip of a lifetime
Young Gun Cricket Indian Tour April 2017
Age groups include Under 16 and Under 21 squads
Parents most welcome
YGC Head Coach Shannon Young will lead the tour with TNF Ambassadors & Young Gun Coaches
Trip will include
Cricket in Mumbai and Rajkort
Training and playing in elite Indian conditions
Specialist Inidan Coaches to assist with the coaching in their country
Dinner at the Cricket Club of India Mumbai
Flights, accomodation, meals and transfers all included
Young Gun Apparel includes playing, trainig and travel attire
11 days, 10 nights
Access to IPL fixtures (to be confirmed when the fixtures are released)
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To put on and take off our helmets, always place the rear strap on the back of the head and slide the helmet on. Only wear helmets of a suitable size; helmets which are either too loose or too tight will restrict movement and will reduce the level of protection. For maximum protection, the helmet must fit firmly on the head and the chin strap and adjustable rear strap must be securely fastened.
The helmet should be a firm but comfortable fit and it should not be possible for the helmet to be removed when pulled at the rear in an upward direction.
Change the game - become a take action hero
It’s amazing how far Australian women in sport have come. But we’re still far from fair. Now is the time to change that.
Just like Mel Jones helped change the minds of our classroom of kids, we can all work together to bring about equality sooner.
In late 2015, the Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation presented nine recommendations to increase female leadership and participation. The Victorian Government is committed to implementing all nine recommendations to improve equality in sport and active recreation.
The sport and recreation sector, state and local governments and other partners across Victoria are working together to bring about change. Having strong partners is key. ‘Change our Game’ is a rally cry to ignite an undeniable desire amongst women and men who want to see their sport and recreation activities prosper into the future.