2021/22 Men’s Premier Cricket wrap: Greenvale Kangaroos
WITH the Victorian Men’s Premier Cricket competition wrapped after an entertaining 2021/22 campaign, it’s time to reflect on the season that was. Each side had a different journey over the last few months, so we take a look at how each side fared over the past six months.
The Greenvale Kangaroos had a season mixed with promise and disappointment. They only won the three games for the season, while also sustaining 11 losses and two draws, but there were some positives to take out of the season. The Kangaroos were ruled out of finals contention pretty early, after a number of early defeats saw their place in the standings plummet. However, it was not all doom and gloom for Greenvale, with some nice performances at both a team and individual level.
They started the season with four losses on the trot, but hindsight has shown that they faced off against some of the best sides the competition had to offer in season 2021/22. They bounced back by winning two of their next three games as the Kangaroos looked to turn their season around. However, they could not fabricate anything out of these hopes, only winning one more game for the remainder of the season, and falling down to 16th on the ladder come season’s end, with plenty to improve heading into next year.
It was the game nobody expected the Kangaroos to win. Coming up against the undefeated Carlton Blues, Greenvale were heavy underdogs given they had not won a game to that point of the season, and didn’t really look a threat to cause an upset here. However, the Kangaroos delivered a marvellous performance, particularly at the crease as they stormed to a winning score. It was an effort led by opener Joshua Trembearth, who delivered the best individual outing of the year from any Greenvale player, with a knock of 119 runs, as the Kangaroos emerged unlikely winners to the tune of 26 runs.
It is hard to go past Trembearth again for the strongest performing player of the team’s 2021/22 campaign. In a season where Greenvale struggled for runs on a weekly basis, Trembearth was a shining light at the crease. He finished with an average of 38.86 runs per game, and with his 119-run effort mentioned above, there were no doubts about his ceiling. The team will be eager to keep him around for next season and if he can get some help slightly down the order, then Greenvale’s scoring will be amongst the best.
As touched on above, the Kangaroos will be looking to improve their scoring on a weekly basis. It is a common problem for the sides down the bottom of the ladder, and Greenvale was only able to surpass 200 in a small number of games. Their bowling could do with some work too, but the best defence is offence, so if they can manage to put up a winning score at a consistent level, then that should see them make a move up the ladder.