Northern Rivers are not going to the semi-finals after all.
Despite winning all four of their games at Cricket Victoria under-18 state championships, Rivers controversially did not qualify for yesterday’s top-four stage.
The winners of those two games went through to the final to be played at the MCG on February 5.
A report in yesterday’s News stated Rivers had made the semi-finals.
But a change in format from last year’s championships meant only the ladder leaders of the four pool groups won through to the knockout stage.
Pool one teams played sides from pool two during the carnival.
Rivers finished second in their group, with Metropolitan North West topping pool two and winning through after wins in four games and having a better net run rate.
It is a tough pill to swallow for Rivers, who enjoyed a successful week with some top performances from their players.
Metropolitan West finished on top in pool one, despite only winning two of its four games, while South East Country progressed to the next stage with three wins.
Northern Rivers’ Ben DeAraugo said it was disappointing for the team not to qualify, but the group played exceptionally in all of its games.
‘‘Speaking to the coaches, they had done the sums going into the last game and they needed to score about 325 to win and obviously didn’t get there,’’ DeAraugo said.
‘‘It was still a very good win in the last round and the guys played very well all the way through.’’
Karramomus opener Andrew Poppa had an outstanding tournament, hitting 184 runs at an average of 61.3 with a top score of 93 not out against Mallee Murray on Tuesday.
Central Park-St Brendans’ Josh Larkin was dominant, scoring 177 runs at 59, including a matchwinning 67 in the final game.
Larkin grabbed five wickets at 20.6, while Kyabram’s Cade Mueller hit terrific knocks of 67 and 49.