Noah, we take our Hat off to you!
Under 16s player Noah Nimorakiotakis has been steadily gaining senior experience over the past two seasons, and the hard work all came together on December 6 with a senior hat-trick.
Coming into the attack for the first time in the 21st over, Noah reduced Aintree from 5/111 to 8/111 in the blink of an eye, with wickets off the first three balls of his over.
The first two went to catches to Nick Pigitsakis and Dylan Pleban, but Noah showed nerves of steel to bowl sharp and straight to secure his hat-trick with a plumb LBW.
At left: Noah Nimorakiotakis shows off his hat-trick ball, with teammate George Manousos (left) and dad/captain Bill.
He took another wicket to finish with 4/11 as Aintree was bundled out for 140 runs - well short of the 301 runs it made the previous week.
The weather intervened after Moonee Valley went in to bat, and the match ended in a draw when the rain began to fall steadily.
Noah now has five wickets for the season, at a respectable average of 12.
It's pleasing to see that our last two senior hat-trick takers at Moonee Valley have been still in juniors, following on from Dejan Gilevski in 2019/20.
Noah is one of just 25 players in Moonee Valley's 50-year history to have taken a senior hat-trick.
Want to see the hat-trick ball - click HERE .