Sport: Around the Grounds, Issue 3, Feb 2021
Updated: Feb 13
Christmas is done, the accursed virus is being managed as well as seems possible, and the people of the north are free! Which means sport is back on these our northern beaches, the sun's out and summer is humming along. Here’s what happened in January in sport.
Three fighters from Glovebox Gym in Warriewood – known as “The Pride of Ponderosa” (because it's on the parade) and "The Uppercut Hut" (because it's a cool name) - came away with comprehensive victories on the Paul Nasari Neutral Corner fight card, at Bankstown paceway. Super heavyweight Andrew Doust, light welterweight Jordy Hammond and heavyweight Mick Radisich all won in dominant fashion. Experienced sports broadcaster and corner man Jon Harker said: “Glovebox fighters are renowned for the intensity of their sparring and despite some ring rust, that intensity paid dividends”.
After a brilliant 188-run stand between skipper Jay Lenton (101) and Ben Bryant (75), and a quickfire 38 from 27 balls by Ryan Farrell, Manly Warringah posted an imposing 9/273 in their round ten 50-over first grade fixture with UTS North Sydney at North Sydney Oval. Alas the home team went gangbusters and ran down the total with 2.5 overs to spare. Best of the bowlers for Waratahs was opener Ryan “Paddles” Hadley who took 3/39 from 10 overs. In lower grades seconds (9/267) won by 80 runs, thirds (6/229) won by 104 runs, fourths (237) lost by 12 runs and fifths (194) won by 111 runs.
In women’s second grade captain Mikaela Turik had another storming game scoring 49 from 47 balls and taking 3/13 in her team’s 7-run T20 victory over St George-Sutherland. In the women’s third grade 40-over fixture against UTS North Sydney, Mia Nel (59), Renee Hough (50) and Extras (43) were the star turns of their team’s 43-run win. Manly Warringah Poidevin-Grays (U/24) beat St George by 60 runs in their round 6 fixture while the Green Shield (U/16s) team went three-from-four after the Christmas (and Covid) break, with victories over Easts, Parramatta and Sydney University, and a loss to Northern District.
Manly Eagles went oh-for-two on the road in the Shire, losing 5-3 and 6-4 to Cronulla-Sutherland at Bonnet Bay. Best for the Eagles included second base Yoshi Umezawa, shortstop Kenny Natio, and boom catcher Josh Butler, 16, who showed poise belying his years on debut in the top grade. “We were competitive in both matches, as we have been all year,” team spokesman Jimmy Miller said. “But we didn't execute in the clutch moments and Cronulla were good enough to take advantage.” With a handful of games to play Manly sits second-last on the NSW State League ladder. In individual stats first base Conor MacDonald is third in the league on slugging percentage while pitcher Shohei “Show Time” Arayama is fourth in strikeouts. By contrast the club’s second grade sits on top of the ladder and thumped Cronulla 7-1 in their one fixture.
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