17.03.2008 – Graham Croker

Sydney University will be represented in qualifying finals in each of the five grades of the Sydney Grade Cricket competition following the final round of matches at the weekend. The University’s Sixth Grade has also made it through to the finals in the metropolitan competition.

Club coach Matthew Phelps was a pleased man on Saturday evening as results came through from around the grounds.

“The club has had a very good year, but I would have liked to have done better in the Club Championship after we came second last year. That was one of our big goals at the start of the season,” he said.

“But it’s a credit to the commitment of all the players through six grades to make the finals. We started training last July to reach this point, and the hard work has paid of so far.”

Randwick-Petersham won the coveted Club Championship with 1297 points, ahead of Banks town (1204), St George (1152) and Sydney University 1149.

Despite winning just one match – and playing two draws – in seven rounds since mid-December, Sydney University First Grade compiled enough points in the first half of the season to end up third on the ladder after 15 rounds.

St George took out the minor premiership on 83 points, with Eastern Suburbs (69), Sydney University 65, Gordon (62), Sydney (61) and Randwick-Petersham (60) making up the top six going into the qualifying finals.

Greg Mail and Ian Moran again led the way in the final round at North Sydney Oval on Saturday, but their efforts weren’t enough for Sydney University to grab the points in the limited overs fixture.

Having been sent in by North Sydney, Mail (84) and Moran (51) helped the Students to 8-192 off their 50 overs.

But the hosts replied with 8-192 off 47 overs, thanks to 77 from Peter Sachs and 43 from Ian Aitken. Moran captured 3-41 and Nick Dunford 3-48.

Sydney University Firsts will meet Gordon in their qualifying final this weekend.

A fighting 60 from Dave Butchard helped Second Grade to a vital final round win over North Sydney, enabling them top scrape into sixth placed on the competition ladder.

Eastern Suburbs claimed the Second Grade minor premiership on 71 points, with Bankstown (64), Mosman (63), Randwick-Petersham (62), Campbelltown-Camden (58) and Sydney University (54) making up the top six.

Sydney University will meet Eastern Suburbs in a must-win qualifying final.

In a tightly packed Third Grade competition, just six points separated the top five teams at the end of the competition proper. Mosman took out the minor premiership on 56 points, with Campbelltown-Camden (55), Sutherland (51), Penrith (50), Sydney University (50) and Northern District (44) making up the top six.
Sydney University will meet Campbelltown-Camden in their qualifying final.

Fourth Grade also collected vital competition points in the final round to finish fifth on the ladder.
Randwick-Petersham took out the minor premiership on 73 points, with Penrith (64), Sutherland (59), Campbelltown-Camden (59), Sydney University (53) and Gordon (53) making up the top six.

Sydney University will meet Penrith in the qualifying final.

Despite suffering a loss in the final competition round, Fifth Grade managed to sneak into fifth spot on the ladder.

North Sydney won the minor premiership with 64 points, with Bankstown (61), Randwick-Petersham (59), Sutherland (50), Sydney University (50) and Parramatta (50) making up the top six.

Sydney University will meet Bankstown in a must-win qualifying final.