A young team of cricketers has a bright future ahead of them after taking out the Team of the Year at the Sport Star of the Year Awards last week.
The Murray Valley Cricket Association under-15 team took out the honours on Thursday night.
The team was the Northern Rivers Shield under-15 champions for 2016, beating Bendigo 9/137 (42.4) to 9/136 (cc).
It was the first time in the shield’s history the MVCA has won, beating the Bendigo team who was undefeated until the final.
All players made at least one run during the carnival, with Izac Artavilla making 151 at 50.33 and Cooper Trembath 110 at 36.67.
Ten of the 14 players live within a 50km radius of the club and coach Anthony Hyde, from the Cobram Cricket Club, said they were a very good bunch of young men.
‘‘The Murray Valley had never won before, so it was a real honour, especially against Bendigo, who are a long-time rival,’’ Hyde said.
‘‘The results were from a really good effort from all of the boys.
‘‘They’re an absolute pleasure to coach.’’
Hyde and son Lachlan, who was the team’s captain, said it was an honour to receive the award.
‘‘To get Team of the Year, it’s a really good achievement for the boys,’’ Hyde said.
‘‘It’s pretty good,’’ Lachlan said.
‘‘It was pretty good to beat Bendigo, they’re pretty good and to knock them out was good, they’re really the benchmark of the competition.’’
Hyde said one of the great things about the team this year was that it was a collaborative effort.
‘‘There wasn’t just one player who was a complete standout, they all performed in different games,’’ he said.
●Also nominated was Barooga Sports Club’s Friday pennant division one team, which won the Murray Bowls Division championship for the first time since the club opened, and finished on top of the ladder for the first time.