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WILLOWFEST - 2012

 
     

 

               
 

Royal Hutt River Dedication Cricket Club is the national cricket team of the Principality of Hutt River.
 The team plays annually in the Willowfest Australian Cricket Club Championships
 held in Mildura, Victoria, Australia in December each year.


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Once again:
CONGRATULATIONS
ROYAL HUTT RIVER DEDICATION CRICKET CLUB

From HRH Prince Leonard and all of the Subjects of the PHR for the outstanding efforts
once again shown in the 2012 competition.
BRING ON 2013!


Final Result
Hutt River Dedication Finish in 3rd Place

PHR Dedication’s Willowfest carnival ended with the side taking out third placing in the B Grade competition, the team’s best result to date. Although the team did not celebrate a first place finish at the post carnival dinner, there were some notable individual achievements to celebrate.

Bowler of the Carnival Brendan McCarthy

After bowling 26 Overs and taking 11 wickets at an extremely tidy average of 14.64 Brendan McCarthy was awarded the prestigious ‘Bowler of the Carnival’ award. Meaning his performance with the ball for Dedication was the best performance from any bowler in the Carnival. He joined Dedication players Chris Shaw (who also previously won bowler of the carnival), Chris Hope and Joel McMahon in being awarded a place on the
Lencia XI team (the carnival’s all star team). Not bad for a player who's bowling was described as ‘ok spinners’
by an envious Joel McMahon pre-tournament.

Sovereigns MDP

In one of the tightest MDP counts in recent memory, Phil Barker pipped Brendan McCarthy to win the award for the second consecutive year. Scoring 101 runs at an average of 20.20 Barker was clearly the most dominant batsman for the tournament. Barker was presented with the amazing trophy supplied by the Principality of Hutt River –and we thank the Principality for their continued support.

Horses Arse

The surprise of the evening was PHR Dedication’s first ever tied winners of the Horses Arse award (most errors in the tournament). Early favourite Hayden Falconer secured his first horses arse award after a consistently error ridden display in the field. Phil Barker surprisingly (after winning the MDP) was also a joint winner of the award – with two golden ducks and several poor efforts in the field.

PHR Dedication selectors hope all players and supporters enjoy the off season and we will see you again in 2013



Game 4:
Hutt River Dedication vs Willowfest XI
29/12/2012


Hutt River Dedication 10/171 def Willowfest XI 10/98


Game 4 saw PHR Dedication pitted against Cabbage Kerr's Willowfest XI.
After Hankinson lost yet another toss Dedication were sent into bat on the questionable Onion Patch pitch.
Jarry Mills and Phil Barker (34) managed to put the past behind them and established the innings with large scores. Mills once again fell agonisingly short of his maiden half century when he was dismissed for 45. Small contributions from the rest of the side pushed the score to all out for 171 after 47 overs.

Once again Dedication's bowlers were able to apply the pressure to Kerr's batsmen, with Jakob Sluiter and Brendan McArthy both taking 3 wickets. The team was also finally able to complete their first ever wicket celebration from a non-wicket ball - much to the confusion of the opposition batsmen. Although the game was always in Dedication's control, Ian 'White Line Fever' McMahon was still able to get under the skin of the opposition batsmen with a variety of distractive techniques. In the field Haydn Falconer regained the trust of the team by displaying a safe pair of hands while Todd McArthy was able to put a horror over in Game 3 behind him and deliver three tight overs.

Dedication now sit atop of the B Grade ladder, and a win over the Muppets in Game 5 will see the side win its first ever Willowfest Championship.
 

Game #3:
Hutt River Dedication vs The Toads
28/12/2012

Hutt River Dedication 8/146 def by The Toads 6/149

Buoyed by wins in the first two games PHR Dedication were looking for their first ever 3/3 start to a tournament. Hankinson again lost both tosses and Dedication were sent into the field. Once again Barker and Brazzale were able to achieve early breakthroughs bringing  Nigel 'Alex Davie' Thompson to the crease. Like his cousin Archie vs American Samoa Thompson was able to hit the PHR bowlers to all corners of the ground with ease. Even a textbook display of bowling to his field by Todd McArthy was unable to stop him, after a chance from McArthy's first delivery was put down. This combined with a few other missed opportunities in the field meant the Toads were able to amass a formidable total of 149.

Faced with a large total to chase down the PHR coaching staff were forced to bat self-described 'Three Time Player of the Carnival' Phil Barker at the top of the order. This decision proved to pay dividends for Barker and to a lesser extent the team, with Barker quickly able to establish himself and keep the scoreboard ticking over. Barker's persistant gut running between wickets ensured that his batting partners were never quite able to keep up, and the top order were only able to provided him with limited support. At the 12 over mark Barker had accumulated his half century and PHR Dedication were within sight of the required total. Unfortunately it was at this point that Barker once again made sure that he was dismissed with a sizeable chase still remaining, ensuring the focus post match would be on his stellar knock instead of a possible first ever 3-0 start to the carnival for the team. Mills, Hankinson, Brazzale and B McCarthy were able to push to total to 145 with two balls remaining, and a miracle victory was in sight. Unfortunately this was not to be with Hankinson failing to make contact with the second last ball, resulting in Brazzale being run out. Despite Todd McArthy's best effort to hit a Michael Beaven-eque match equalling four, the PHR boys fell just short of victory. 

The close nature of the loss means PHR Dedication is well place to challenge for their maiden Willowfest Championship over the next two days.
 

 


Game #2:
Hutt River Dedication vs Puka Puka
28/12/2012

Hutt River Dedication 6/107 def Puka Puka 8/104

PHR Dedication took on local team Puka Puka in the first of the day's 20/20 matches, with high hopes of continuing the promising form displayed on day one. After losing the toss and being sent into the field, the Hutt River attack started strongly with Jackson Brazzale and Phil Barker locking down the opposition whilst taking wickets at a steady rate. Jakob Sluiter and Brendan McCArthy then entered the attack, taking a couple of wickets each. Not content with his two wickets in two oveers, 'Ruthless' Sluiter requested the wicket keeper be brought up to the stumps and then proceeded to bowl a bouncer the following ball, removing several of his team-mates teeth. Despite the loss of blood and bone, Jarry Mills did not miss a ball and soldiered on behind the stumps for the rest of the innings. In the field Haydn Falconer's Horse's Arse odds shortened with a couple of dropped catches.

The run chase started promisingly, with Brenden McArthy and Haydn Falconer getting solid starts. Joel McMahon and Adam Bourke helped push the total to 84. just 21 shy of the required total. Phil Barker, realising that there was not sufficient runs remaining for him to make a big score, decided to throw away his wicket instead. Fortunately some polished batting from Sluiter and Mills helped round out the innings for Dedication's second win of the tournament
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Game #1 of the carnival saw Hutt River Dedication matched up against long-time rivals Johnny Walker XI. Signs were not good early, with debutant captain Tyler Hankinson losing the toss, twice. Johnny Walker captain Matt Barclay sent Hutt River in to bat, traditionally a poison chalice for the Hutt River boys.

Boasting one of the strongest batting line-ups in recent years, hopes were high amongst Dedication fans for a rare 50 over stint at the crease. Signs were not great early, with both openers losing their wickets in quick succession. The middle order performed a little better, with rookie Brendan McArthy (17) and Joel McMahon (24) making solid starts. However Hutt River lost wickets at a steady click, bringing specialist fill-in Ian McMahon in with the side at 5/74. In a masterful display of defensive stroke-making McMahon was able to amass 48 balls at the crease and with the tail was able to work the score for 113. A reasonable first day score (for Dedication at least) on a tough pitch.

Taking up the new ball star recruit Jackson Brazzale impressed with a wicket with his second ball followed shortly thereafter by a stump shattering wicket by Phil Barker. Despite these early successes, the Johnny Walker boys led by Vaughan Garner worked the total 2/51 and things looked dire. Enter Jakob 'Ruthless' Sluiter who got a wicket with his first ball after drinks followed by back to back wickets in the subsequent over. Garner and the Walker boys again rallied, pushing the total to 5/103 - just 11 runs shy of the victory. Brendan McCarthy entered the attack and was able to turn the match on a dime, whilst barely conceding a run he was able to dismiss five Walker Batsmen and win the game for Hutt River by a solitary run. McCarthy's superb bowling was ably assisted by impressive stump to stump support bowling by Brazzale, Barker and Sluiter. A stunning catch at cover point by Joel McMahon and Jarryd Mills showing why he is the reigning keeper of the tournament also helped get dedication over the line.

 

Hutt River Dedication today unveiled the line-up to represent the  Principality at the 2012 Willowfest Carnival. 2012 marks the sides 8th appearance at the Carnival which is in it's 35th year . The squad was named as follows:

Tyler Hankinson (c)
Joel McMahon (vc)
Jarryd Mills
Jakob Sluiter 
Phil Barker
Adam Burke
Todd McArthy
Haydn Falconer
Jackson
Brazzale
Brendan McArthy

The 2012 squad sees the loss of 2011 Captain
Geoff Pascoe, whose contract was not renewed after several years of sub-par results. Tyler Hankinson has been named as his replacement. Chris Hope has left to play county cricket in England citing a rift between himself and self proclaimed 'Star Player' Phil Barker as the reason for his departure. Kyle Moore was de-listed by selectors after becoming the first player in the History of Dedication Supercoach to be priced at a negative value as a bowler.

The 2012 squad sees the addition of some new faces.
Haydn Falconer has been selected after a successful trial match in 2011, impressing the Hutt River selectors with his aggressive stroke-making. Falconer's batting style starkly contrasts with that of cousin Jarryd Mills which selectors hope will provide Hutt River with a formidable opening combination. Phil Barker was asked to scout his District Cricket side in Melbourne for possible recruits and is responsible for bringing Jackson Brazzale into the lineup. When quizzed on what Brazzale will bring to the side, Barker responded 'He is a lethal quick, I made sure I recruited a bowler so as to not take attention away from me as a batsman - hopefully allowing me to win back to back MDP awards.' Brendan McArthy rounds out the new additions, and although McArthy is rumoured to have spent a large portion of his career playing for Merbein South, he impressed in the nets - indicating that those rumours may not be correct.

The 11th position in the line-up will be shared by
Ian McMahon, Ian Sluiter, Howard Hankinson and Ian Barker. Who all will no doubt bring years of experience to the side.

Joel McMahon was named Vice Captain for 2012. Dedications most decorated player, McMahon's appointment is a deserved reward for his years of service to the team. Selectors hope that the leadership responsibility will be just the kick start McMahon needs to reverse his sub par form of 2011.

Things to look out for this carnival:
- Will
Jarryd Mills go back to back as keeper of the Carnival?
- Will 2012 see a return of
Todd 'Buckets' McArthy's famous Bucket Hat?
- Does
Phil Barker know any of his teammates names?
-Can
Hutt River Dedication improve on last years second place?
- Will
Jakob Sluiter return to his MDP winning form of 2010 after being usurped by nemesis Phil Barker?
- Will
Adam Bourke perform better now that he is not playing regular cricket?
- With such a strong side, who will win this years
Horse's Arse Award?
 
All these questions will be answered in the next four days!
 

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Phil Barker receives the Sovereign's MDP from the 2010 winner Jakob Sluiter Sovereigns 2012
"Most Developed Player" trophy
Phil Barker received the Horses Arse award from guest speaker Ian Cullen
(ex Australian Test Player)
 

 
3 time Sovereigns MDP winner
Joel McMahon plays a cut shot
Sluiter and Mills
get the job done in the second last over
Star recruit Brendan McArthy
opens the batting
 

 

   
The boys getting nervous as game #2
comes down to the wire
Falconer ready to open the batting Todd McCarthy gets the job done
     
     
   
  The boys nervously scoring the final overs  
     
 

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