Juniors step up as Brothers take third straight title
MARIST Brothers won their third straight premiership in Lismore District first grade cricket at the weekend.
They had an outright win over Goonellabah Workers Sports at Oakes Oval.
"We're really happy with this season, a lot of young guys came into the team," captain Patrick Martin said.
"It was a really solid effort and it turned into a pretty competitive final but it was played in the right spirit.
"We have a core group of older guys but our juniors really stepped up this season."
The first grade team has proved to be a stepping stone for the likes of Kaleb Auld, Daniel Hamshaw and Luke Hamshaw, who have moved up into the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League for Marist Brothers.
Cooper Stahl and Jordan Salkeld had a taste of Hooker League while opening batsman Lachlan Barnsley also impressed.
"Guys like Ben Collins, Doug Rose and myself enjoy playing with all these juniors coming through," Martin said.
In other finals, Paddy Wilde scored 90 as Evans Head beat Norths in second grade at Heaps Oval.
In third grade, Brendan Moloney (69), Scott McDonald (53) and Pete Everingham (3-18) were the main contributors in Marist Brothers Gold beating Workers White.
And Goonellabah Workers Sports defeated Evans Head in fourth grade.