What we’re covering in the coming months

Here’s what we’re planning to cover until September

February 10

Leongatha and District CA B Grade Div 1: MDU v Wonthaggi Workmens

February 17

Leongatha and District CA A Grade Div 2: MDU v Foster

February 25

Queensland Premier Grade Div 1: Sunshine Coast v Ipswich Logan

Sunshine Coast CA Div 2B: Maroochydore v Tewantin Noosa

Other grades might be done as well.

March 3

Sunshine Coast CA Div 2B: Maroochydore v Tewantin Noosa

Other grades might be done as well.

March 10 and 11

Sunshine Coast CA semi finals

March 17, 18 and 24

Sunshine Coast CA Grand Finals

April through September

Sunshine Coast Rugby Union A and Reserve grades. Dates to be confirmed.

We may also cover any of the AFL Gippsland leagues as well. We’ll confirm closer to the dates.

2018/19 Sunshine Coast CA Twenty20 to be confirmed.

FFA Cup starts this weekend

The 2018 FFA Cup qualifiers are scheduled to kick off this weekend.

“The FFA Cup gives clubs and teams at a range of levels in Australian football the opportunity to dream about winning a major national title,” says FFA CEO David Gallop.

Keilor Wolves SC will travel to IYU Reserve to play Pakenham United FC on Saturday.

Slot allocated for this years FFA Cup proper will remain unchanged with Football NSW receiving five slots, Football Queensland and Football Federation Victoria four slots, Northern NSW Football and Football West two slots, and Football Federation South Australia, Football Federation Tasmania, Capital Football (ACT) and Football Federation Northern Territory each getting one slot.

The ten A-League clubs will enter the FFA Cup proper at the Round of 32. The remaining Member Federation slot will be taken by Heidelberg United FC. Heidelberg received automatic entry into the FFA Cup 2018 Round of 32 after being crowned NPL Champion of Australia in 2017.

Nerrena on top

Nerrena has moved to the top of the ladder after defeating Meeniyan Dumbalk United (MDU) in comfortable fashion.

Defending 264, Josh Tease (3/27) and Adam Trotto (4/17) ripped through the MDU top order as the Demons were all out for 127.

Captain Nick Eddy 64 was the top scorer for Meeniyan on a batting card that left much to be desired.

The Red Caps batted the remainder of the day’s play finishing 2/34 with Nathan Trotto 20 not out.

Public transport to the cricket in the new year – Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast cricket fans wanting to attend local fixtures will be able to get to the games on the following services.

Caloundra vs Glasshouse at Roy Henzell Oval

There are two stops right at the ground. This stop is serviced by the 603, and the 609.

Anyone travelling from anywhere between Caloundra and Noosa will need to get another bus to Caloundra and change buses there.

The 605 services a stop on the other side of the shopping centre from the oval.

Anyone attending the Caloundra v Glasshouse game will also be able to watch Caloundra’s division 3A side take on Caboolture.

Tewantin Noosa vs Caboolture at Read Park

Tewantin’s Read Park has a bus stop nearby serviced by the 631 and 632 bus routes.

Any traveling from Caboolture will have to get the train to Nambour then the 631 to Read Park as there is no train that travels further north until the afternoon.

Any one taking the coastal route will need to get another bus north then change at either Noosa Junction or Noosa Heads.

Nambour vs Maroochydore at the Showgrounds

The Nambour Showgrounds is passed by the 612 route.

This route runs between Maroochydore and the Nambour Hospital. Any coming from somewhere not on the route can change services at either Sunshine Plaza or Nambour Train Station.

The same two clubs will be playing a division 3A contest on the Showgrounds number two field.

GCL report round 4

A thrilling tie between Traralgon District and Bairnsdale highlighted Round 4 of GCL action, with the result throwing a spanner into the works as far as the league ladder is concerned, as there is now a log-jam of teams vying for a place in the Final situated between spots two and four. With no blow outs or one-sided affairs so far in the season, players and administrators will no doubt be pleased of the quality of cricket that has been produced and will look forward to Country Week with plenty of confidence.

The above-mentioned contest saw both Traralgon and Bairnsdale unable to be separated when ten wickets fell, each locked on 132 runs. Batting first, Traralgon got off to a shaky start, before consolidating as they often do down the order, to push toward a competitive total. Chris Lehner with 26 and Brett Chapman with 30 were the best performers. Darcy Murray tore through the Traralgon batting card, finishing with figures of 4/35. He received good support from Stephan Grobler, Jack Lind and Nathan Pollard, who all took multiple wickets.

At the tea break few could have anticipated what was about to transpire, and in a remarkable situation the Bairnsdale fall of wickets read eerily similar to the Traralgon one. Ryan Hadford with 28 and Reegan Kyle with 25 were the main contributors with the willow, whilst it was the spin of Traralgon that proved effective, with Ross Whelpdale and Lee Stockdale taking five between them. Luke Henderson was also able to claim two scalps as the match was taken to the penultimate over where the final wicket pairing of Ricky Tatnell and Reegan Kyle required three to win. With Tatnell’s eyes lighting up at an Owen Kelly delivery, victory was within one shot. However, Chris Lehner’s quick hands were up to the challenge, and he was able to effect a match saving stumping to tie one of the great GCL games.

In the other match between Warragul and Sale-Maffra, a number of players from both teams were given a chance to impress before Country Week as many front liners were absent due to Gippsland Pride commitments. Sale-Maffra batted first after being sent in and closed at 9/204. Best performers were Nathan Massey with an unbeaten 73, Anthony Scott with 44 and Stuart Anderson with 30. For Warragul, their best bowlers were Tom Keily 3/17, Nick Fairbank 2/27 and Rhys Holdsworth, who’s flighters claimed 2/34. In response, not even the presence of Grant Duncan on the team sheet could get the Wilddogs across the line, as they finished at a decent 161. Top scorers were Holdsworth with 43 and Jack Paull who scored 35. For Sale-Maffra Jack Tatterson was the destroyer, decimating the Warragul line up to take 5/29.