Notre Dame College fell just short of state glory last week.
The Year 9 and 10 cricket team swept aside all before it during a strong run to the School Sport Victoria state final, but could not overcome Mornington Secondary College at the final hurdle.
Notre struggled to contain Mornington in the decider, letting its opponent reach 4-148 from its 20 overs.
Central Park-St Brendan’s Haisman Shield trio Connor Holland (1-14), Aidan Lloyd (1-29) and James Boyer (1-33) led the way with the ball, but could not create regular inroads into the batting line-up.
A daring half-century from fellow Tiger Ethan Baxter (52) proved not enough in the chase as Notre was dismissed for 123, but principal John Cortese was proud of the efforts of his students.
‘‘It’s been a long journey for the team that started back in March, so making it through to the School Sport Victoria grand final speaks volumes for the players’ commitment and effort,’’ he said.
‘‘Having won the Year 8 state cricket champions title two years ago, the players have maintained a high standard for several years and can be very proud of their achievements.’’
Earlier in the day Notre had defeated Bendigo South East College by three wickets to reach the final, while Brentwood Secondary College, Galen College Wangaratta and Cobram Secondary College had all fallen by the wayside at the hands of the rising stars during the campaign.