So my fellow friends of the ‘Waverley Nation’ according to that age old philosophical question “if a tree falls in the woods and there is nobody there to hear it fall, does it make a sound?” Now, I’ve always felt that it was a ridiculous poser – of course it does! However, if the Waverley Wildcats play a Division One game and I’m not there to witness it, does it really happen and does it count? – once again, and thankfully, of course it does!After a flying trip home from the Melbourne Aces game at Altona, we arrived back at Napier Park just in time to see the teams shaking hands at home plate. I’m going to blame our increasingly penetrating pitching for making this a rather quick 2h:10m game, even though we had been encouraged by some positive score updates during the afternoon. Those welcome reports were far more uplifting than watching the Aces take a fearful battering from the visiting marauders from Adelaide at Melbourne Ballpark. In hindsight we would much rather have been at Napier Park on a coolish but quite pleasant Sunday afternoon.I’m not going to ramble on too long with a report on a game that I didn’t see in person, but I did try to collect any important elements from players and coaches after the game – let’s just say that the ones I spoke to weren’t cutting me any favours because of my non-attendance.One very reliable team member wanted me to make sure that I mentioned the outstanding MVP contribution of ‘Gelignite Jack’ Dunn – unfortunately the game statistics obviously must have missed his “intangible” asset to the team. That player was, of course, my former reliable source and good buddy JACK DUNN! In any case ‘Jacko’ the most important thing is to play on a winning team!What was clearly evident from the game information was, as mentioned, the potency of our pitching and the individual performances of our co-Club Champions – ‘Big Unit’ Jon Kennedy and Wade ‘Boggs’ McConnon who played major roles on each side of the ball. Kennedy, who is in career best form, is really starting to attract some attention around this league with a string of performances that would rival the very best and most experienced pitchers in this competition. Again he threw just 81 pitches to scythe through six innings, while allowing just four base runners – three of those coming in the top of the second inning when Sunshine scored their one and only run.Tyler ‘Touchdown’ Dale and Jarrod ‘JET’ Turner brought it home in equally destructive fashion with scarcely a hint of threat from our feisty opposition. The very encouraging signs are that our young pitching staff is starting to find a level of confidence and it will be interesting to see if they can build upon this against some of the stronger offensive teams from now on? I certainly believe that they have the talent and the composure to become very, very tough for opposing hitters.Offensively it was great to see our co-Club Champion Wade McConnon back in the headlines for his hitting in this game. I don’t think he’d mind me saying that he’s had a bit of a slow start this season, even though things have not exactly fallen his way with some hard-hit balls. Let’s hope that the dam has burst for ‘Wadey’ so that he can get hot after batting 2-4 with two RBIs as our offensive star in this game. It is also worth noting that seven of our batting lineup found a safe hit to indicate a solid team contribution.In summary, I’m sorry to have a missed a game from which our young Wildcats took far more positives than negatives. Our ongoing challenge will be to take some points from the bigger dogs in our own conference as the season rolls on. Maybe one big win will change the outlook radically?Your writer will be in Perth this weekend to support the Melbourne Aces (who really need it!) while our boys have a “benchmark” game out north at Essendon this Sunday 24 November – Reserves 1:00pm – Firsts 3:30pm. Of course it is also a great opportunity for our lads to take a big scalp and to really set up our season heading into Christmas. Obviously it will not come easily!
Get me a big WIN fellas!!
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