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It's a Grand Old Flag for the Valley Sixths

by Charlie Walker


It's a Grand Old Flag for the Valley Sixths 

                     The Premiers: Moonee Valley Sixths L-R: Back - scorer Peter Smith, Pat Taylor, Jesse Felle, Joe Ansaldo, Michael Cumbo, Murray Walker and Shaun Rayment. Front - 12th man Grahame McCulloch, Sam Carbone, Dino Sapuppo, captain Danny Terzini, Mark Cini and Alex Gorham.

The Premiers: Moonee Valley Sixths L-R: Back - scorer Peter Smith, Pat Taylor, Jesse Felle, Joe Ansaldo, Michael Cumbo, Murray Walker and Shaun Rayment. Front - 12th man Grahame McCulloch, Sam Carbone, Dino Sapuppo, captain Danny Terzini, Mark Cini and Alex Gorham. PICTURE: ROD GORHAM

Moonee Valley Sixths played a heart-stopper over the March 15/16 weekend, but it just made it sweeter when Pat Taylor hit the winning runs to deliver us the 2013/14 Ralph Barron Shield premiership.
Craigieburn batted first and set us a challenge, after we had them in trouble early. But we restricted them to 170 on the back of Murray Walker's second successive five-wicket haul in the finals, and the race was on.
We lost wickets with enough frequency to leave Craigieburn thinking it was always in the hunt, and when we lost our seventh wicket to a dodgy caught-behind decision we still had a 42-run deficit.
But Jesse Felle opened his shoulders and Pat Taylor supported him, and we came home with a rattle to secure the flag.
It's the first time we have won a flag with our Sixth Eleven, playing in the North West Metropolitan Cricket Association.
And it was a first-time experience of a senior Valley premiership for the whole Eleven. Sam Carbone had previously won a flag with Buckley Park and Alex Gorham had won a premiership with the Valley Under 14s, but for the rest of our guys it was a new experience.
Our players had 1425 games of cricket for Moonee Valley without a premiership to show for it - until now!
The drought was led by Joe Ansaldo, who was playing his 291st game in the Grand Final, and skipper Danny Terzini with 248.
But they've all got medals around their necks now - and we intend ensuring that the drought turns into a deluge in years to come!
The Valley Boys are here to stay, the Valley boys are here to stay!


**For more PICTURES and words from the flag win, click HERE.

 

March 17, 2014
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