The inaugural Emerging Comets Cup came to an exciting conclusion on the weekend, with close finishes seeing the Under 14s take home the Cup, and star performers named in the team of the year.
In tight race to first place, the Under 14s, Under 15s and Under 12s tied on the amount of games won. However, the Under 14s were able to edge out the competition by their net run rate to successfully claim the winning title.
Following the announcement of the Cup victors, Pathway Manager, Kyle Piper, named the Emerging Comets team of the year. Places in this side were secured through team coach’s nomination, which was based on performances over representative games preceding the Cup. Each age division were able to nominate two players.
Piper was delighted with how the competition went, noting it satisfied the post-Christmas cricket hunger.
“One bit of feedback we’ve received in running our Emerging Program is the need to provide more content after Christmas, to keep players competing in the post-Christmas period. The Emerging Comets Cup not only satisfies their hunger to compete, but it also provides a really good finishing point for us as Pathway Managers to review players at the end of a season to provide feedback on their pathway progression.”
“It’s been a great success to be able to get four T20s into the younger boys against varying opposition, playing at some of the Capital Region’s best facilities.”
“I also think the concept of being able to get together as an entire community is a real positive. Proximity works in our favour here in the ACT/Southern Zone, so I think we should take full advantage of this and keep the squads in regular contact. By the time you get these players into our iCollege ACT Comets, they’ve been surrounded by the same people for many years, and I think this can only benefit and strengthen team dynamics.”
Piper added this competition is also beneficial for the coaches.
“It’s a good opportunity to spend more time with our coaches and be able to observe their methods and give them feedback.”
“The season’s naturally tight, so to be able to spend time together in a more relaxed setting is of huge value to all involved.”
The Emerging Comets team of the year:
11's Sineth Herath
11's Jake Smith-Gibson
12's Darcy Macdonald
12's Joe Slater
13's Lucas Bennett
13's Lachlan Reid
14's Ethan Fitzpatrick
14's Tom Phelps
15's Angus Jones
15's Felix Ford
16's Esam Rahman
16's Josh Low-McMahonCoach Jake Floros