Going the hard slog gives Paul the edge


TRINITY Catholic College Lismore will rely on a touch of Hayden when the 33rd Australia and New Zealand Marist Cricket Carnival gets underway today in Lismore.

Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden was a star in the carnival more than a decade ago when he was at school at Marist College Ashgrove.

He also hit one of the fastest centuries in the competition's history.

However, Hayden's efforts were almost matched during the carnival last season when Trinity batsman Paul Kenyon belted a hundred off 58 balls.

It was Kenyon's second century of the carnival. He smashed his first hundred in 67 balls.

Kenyon's amazing hitting ability stems from his background in baseball.

The Year 11 student plays Premier League baseball in the Far North Coast competition for Norths as a hitter and pitcher.

"It was only hearsay but we were told it was the fastest century at the carnival since Hayden," Paul's father Dave Kenyon said.

Kenyon averaged 37 at the tournament in Bendigo and was selected in the Australian Marist first XI.

He also plays first grade cricket in the FNC LJ Hooker League with Alstonville.

While Kenyon will supply the power hitting, captain Simon Milenko should supply the finesse.

Milenko, who broke into the Hooker League this season with Eastern Districts, was the player of the Bendigo carnival after he averaged 36.5, which included a century.

The young all-rounder also took 15 wickets and held five catches.

It will be Milenko's third Marist Carnival.

Another player with first grade experience in the Trinity team is Easts' Joel Parrey.

Parrey is known for his middle-order batting and his medium-pace bowling, but because of injury the 16-year-old will not be able to bowl.

Eight teams from Victoria, the ACT and NSW will contest the week-long event with another Marist Carnival held in January in Sydney.

Players and officials were welcomed to Lismore yesterday and attended a Mass last night.

Trinity has never won the Marist Carnival but has had success three times in the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Nicholas Downie Shield Trophy.

The current Trinity team has reached the quarter-finals of the Downie Shield this season.

The hosts will take on Marist-Sion College Warragul in their opening match at Blair Oval, Lismore.

Other matches today: Lavalla Catholic College Traralgon v Notre Dame College Shepparton, Heaps Oval; Catholic College Sale v St Gregory's College Campbelltown, Oakes Oval; Marist College Canberra v Marist College North Shore, Richards Oval.

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