Conducted by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate

‘Learn what you are in the eyes of God’

“To play Oblate cricket is the highest sporting honor that a Mazenod student can achieve and to put on the baggy blue is a moment that every student will cherish.” Daniel Curtis (Oblate Cup 2012 Winning Captain)

In the summer holidays, 13 boys from Mazenod College participated in the annual Oblate Cricket Carnival, hosted by our brother College Iona College Queensland from the 3rd - 8th December. The carnival is played in a one-day cricket format with 2 trophies up for grabs. Mazenod College WA, Mazenod College Victoria, and Iona Queensland play for the Oblate Cricket Trophy, as well as the Oblate Invitational Trophy against Whitefriars College, Villa Nova College, Padua College. Last year in Victoria the Oblate Cricket Cup was won by Mazenod College Vic. Mazenod College WA was looking to regain the trophy and continue the success of recent years in the tournament.

 

When we arrived in Queensland the team was greeted by our host brother school Iona College staff and the boys were taken to Iona College where they met their billets and went home with them to get to know each other. Later that afternoon the boys returned with their billets and were treated to a Welcoming Mass hosted by the Iona College Rector Fr Michael Twigg. After the Mass, the boys returned home to get some much-needed rest before the first game of the tournament the next day against Iona College.

On the first day played Iona today in what we hoped would have been a full day of cricket. We won the toss and elected to bat in sunny humid conditions. Unfortunately, the storm that was predicted to hit came and forced the game to be abandoned. We finish our innings on 180/6 off 45 overs which was a good result. We have decided to move our rest day to tomorrow as the weather for Wednesday and Thursday looks good. Our next match is against Mazenod Victoria on Wednesday. We have decided to take the points from today which has us sitting on top of the tournament so far with 1.8 and Iona on 1.25 points with Mazenod Victoria on 0 points.

Day two of the tournament we played Mazenod College Victoria at Fr Davine Oval at Iona. The weather was spectacular and we were set for a great day of cricket. Maz Vic won the toss and elected to bat. We were able to restrict the Maz Vic team to all out for 182. Jayden Wood, Joshua Warden, and Jack Giancono were the pick of the bowlers with very good figures. We started the run chase really well with Lleyton Jose making some quick runs opening and Joshua Harris coming in scoring a quick 30. Jayden Wood also contributed with the bat scoring an important 26 runs. We, unfortunately, fell short in the chase making 159/8.

On the last day, we played Padua College Queensland. It was a glorious day for cricket and Mazenod WA won the toss and elected to bat on a very good wicket. We got off to a slow start with Padua taking 2 very early wickets but Captain Joshua Harris and Jayden Wood dug in and very quickly got the score to 100 before Josh fell for 38 runs. William Collins came in and took over scoring a very quick 49 before being judged LBW. Jayden Wood was still at the crease scoring runs with ease and bought up his first century with a 6 over square leg, the only centurion of the whole tournament. Arun Alex made a solid 27 late in the innings to take Mazenod to be all out for 285.

With an imposing run chase, Padua was never in the contest with Mazenod bowling them all out for 125. Pick of the bowlers was Jack Giancono with 3 wickets with Nathan O Connor/Ben Smith/Julian Di Renzo with 2 wickets each. With time remaining the teams went back out with Mazenod having another bat with Zane Thurston/Joshua Warden/Julian Di Renzo/ Josh Harris smashing the Padua bowlers around and spending some important time at the crease. 

It was a fantastic victory for the team and a great reward for the hard work. Well done to Jayden Wood who was named the team MVP for the tournament. Mazenod Victoria won the Oblate cup and Villa Nova College winning the Invitational Cup. Mazenod WA finished 2nd in the Oblate Cup tournament of the 3 oblate schools and 3rd in the Invitational Cup. 

I would like to thank Mr. Grabski and Mr. Devon for helping organise the tournament and help coach the boys in the months leading up to the tournament. I would like to thank all of the other schools who participated in the tournament to make it such a great event. A big thank you to all the billets that looked after our boys they really appreciated it and it was great to see so many boys from the different Oblate Colleges exchange numbers at the final ceremony, these sorts of events forge friendships that can last a lifetime. Lastly, I would like to thank the boys for all of the efforts and work they put in before the tournament and how they held themselves and represented the College while away on tour.