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Lots of cheers, admiration and finally a few happy beers

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March 19, 2018

Standing among the throng of wives, girlfriends, children, volunteers and supporters of Katandra Cricket Club, president Andrew Nicholls simply admired the spirit of his charges.

Standing among the throng of wives, girlfriends, children, volunteers and supporters of Katandra Cricket Club, president Andrew Nicholls simply admired the spirit of his charges.

‘‘It’s unbelievable,’’ he said.

‘‘You can see here this is the community and the joy and what it’s sort of brought to everyone is just amazing.

‘‘We’ve worked so hard for what we’ve got and to actually get the reward on the last day in March of the cricket season is just amazing.’’

Nicholls could only cheer nervously from the sidelines as the Eagles fought their way to Haisman Shield glory — and was regularly seen giving advice to whichever fielder found themselves at fine leg or third man — but was overwhelmingly proud of the efforts of all of his players.

‘‘We knew Numurkah were going to make us work for it, they’re a very proud club and have obviously had a successful year, so full credit to them,’’ he said.

‘‘They really, really pushed us and we knew it was going to be tough to come out in the second innings and they bowled really well at the start and got a couple of quick wickets.

‘‘But as you can see Benny Clurey just batted fantastically and Scott Richardson, I just can’t speak highly enough of Scott he did a great job at the end, and old fossil (Jedd) Wright just gets out there and does the job at the end, so it was fantastic.’’

In every premiership victory there are always players who contribute during the season, but are not out there in the decider.

One such player for Katandra was club stalwart Andrew Riordan, who missed much of the campaign with injury.

But Nicholls highlighted his work with the group as equally integral to success as if he was out there on the field.

‘‘There’s hard luck stories in every final I guess,’’ Nicholls said.

‘‘You can pick a few blokes out and Riordo is definitely one of them, but he’s been fantastic with the morale he’s had around the group.

‘‘It’s just about everyone I guess. Look at what we’ve got here, we’ve got blokes just hanging around and it’s just a real community effort.’’

‘‘We’re really, really proud of what we’ve achieved.’’

Nicholls was also looking forward to a celebratory atmosphere back at Katandra’s clubrooms this year after the more sombre mood last season.

‘‘Adam our bar manager has certainly got everything stacked up and ready to go, win, lose, or draw,’’ he said.

‘‘It will be nice to have a few happy beers this year as opposed to the sad ones we had last year.’’

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