Campion, St George’s hunt Grace Shield
When St George's College and Campion College meet in the 2015 ISSA/Grace Shield three-day Corporate Area schoolboy cricket final at Melbourne Oval this morning, starting at 10 a.m., St George's will attempt to win their first title in 19 years, while Campion will be seeking their first in 27 years.
"Since 1996, 'George's' hasn't been to the Grace Shield final, and the players are very excited and looking forward to it. This is the first any of them will be getting to the Under-19 final," said St George's coach, Glendon Coke.
"We played Campion in the preliminaries, with the game ending in a draw, so we know what to expect. But from the season started, George's wanted to face Campion, although I don't know what caused this rivalry, but we have a balanced team, so it will come down to how well they apply themselves," he reasoned.
St Georges will look to top wicket-taker and leading batsman, Simon Lee, opener and part-time off-spin, Kirk McKenzie, pace bowler Andrew Thompson, wicketkeeper Gavin Ricketts, Kymani Wilson, and middle-order batsman Joel Ewan.
Campion will be led by twins Abihjai and Atishai Mansingh. The Liguanea-based school's coach, Donald Bredwood, expressed confidence.
"We respect St George's, as we know they have a fighting set of players, so it is for us to play the better cricket over the three days. But we are confident and comfortable and everybody is ready and raring to go," said Bredwood.
Openers Saad Ahmed, Neil Johnson and Jamaica's Under-15 batsman, Dominik Samuels, are other key Campion players. Abijai Mansingh is their leading bowler with 48 wickets.