ST BRIGID'S College’s all-conquering year seven girls cricket team fell just short of a second state title in the span of a week on Monday.
Fresh from winning the Milo T20 Blast School Cup final against St Thomas Aquinas College at the Melbourne Cricket Ground one week ago, the girls were invited to play in the round-robin final of the School Sport Victoria competition.
Playing at Harry Trott Oval in St Kilda, the girls experienced a five-run loss in their first round-robin match.
Team manager Kingsley Dalgleish said the loss was a wake-up call to the girls who were previously undefeated this year.
They responded with a 73-run win – the biggest victory margin of the day – and a 34-run win in the final round-robin match.
With three teams in the pool finishing with two wins and a loss, the winner of the pool was decided by aggregate runs.
St Brigid’s qualified with the highest aggregate score and advanced to the grand final against Euroa Secondary College.
The girls fought hard in the final but eventually lost 129-110.
Dalgleish said the team should be proud of its efforts after winning the Cricket Victoria state championship and finishing runner-up in the School Sport Victoria state championship.
“It was a long day and it was pretty warm,” he said.
“And because it was in St Kilda, we had to be gone at 5.30am to get down there with the girls,” he said.
“Then sitting around in the heat for four matches on the trot finally caught up with them I think.
“They put down some catches in the final that they would normally have held and four wickets was the difference in the end, so in terms of scores it was fairly even, but scores were the difference.”