Young bat back from injury
A PHYSICAL education class involving a fun game of volleyball cost St John's College Woodlawn student Nick De Giusti a spot in the NSW Under-17 cricket team.
De Giusti went up for a spike but fell awkwardly on his ankle, tearing several ligaments, and that is why the talented 16-year-old has not yet played for Marist Brothers this season in the Far North CoastLJ Hooker League.
The top-order batsman makes his comeback for the Lismore outfit in the two-day match against Terranora Lakes at Bilambil Oval today.
"I made the NSW Country side but couldn't go to the NSW trials because of my injury," he said.
"It was frustrating, but stuff like that happens."
De Giusti is fast making a name for himself as a cricketer.
Two years ago his North Coast Under-16 team won the Bradman Cup and went on to claim the State championship by beating Sydney's best regional team on the hallowed turf of the SCG.
He has already played for two seasons in the Hooker League but this season is his best chance to score runs.
"Last summer it was very wet and hard to score but this season I'd like to score 300 to 400 runs,"he said.
Tintenbar-East Ballina will host Ballina Bears in the local derbyat Kingsford Smith Park South, Ballina.
Bears look the team to beat - they have accounted for last season's grand finalists Casino Cavaliers and Cudgen in their past two fixtures.
"We're fairly confident because we're bowling and batting well," Bears captain Sam Adams said.
"These games against the 'Bar are always hard - both sides really want to win."
For Bears, top-order batsmen Toby Hordern (North Coast representative commitments) and James Everingham (holidays) will miss the match.
Tintenbar captain Brett Crawford also misses out today because he will be leading North Coast in the Northern NSW championships in Newcastle.
Byron Bay - high on confidence after an impressive 102-run win over Workers Goonellabah - travels to Seabreeze Oval to take on Pottsville.
"We've really improved on our batting," the Bay's captain David Thompson said.
"In the two matches we've played, we've batted out a full day each time."
Workers Goonellabah will host defending premiers the Casino Cavaliers at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
"They have a few young guys who are still learning so hopefully that's where we can make some inroads," Cavaliers captain Al Nowlan said.
"We've had some hard games to start the season and we haven't quite clicked yet."
And Alstonville will travel up the freeway to Reg Dalton Oval, Kings-cliff, to take on Cudgen after poor batting cost them against Terranora Lakes.
Alstonville will be without all-rounder Steve Robb (North Coast commitments) and batsmen Liam Smith and Jarryd Thompson.
Competition points: Marist Brothers 23, Ballina Bears 18, Cudgen 12, Terranora 12, Alstonville 12, Byron Bay 12, Casino Cavaliers 12, Tintenbar-East Ballina 12, Workers Goonellabah 6, Pottsville 5.