Matt Kroehnert was again in devastating form for South Services on Friday night. Here, he takes to the bowling of Brett Baxter.
Matt Kroehnert was again in devastating form for South Services on Friday night. Here, he takes to the bowling of Brett Baxter.

Woods' move a masterstroke


A DEFINING stroke of genius ? gleaned through perception, planning or spontaneity ? can change the course of a sporting match-up.

With post-match hindsight, a simple moment, frozen in time, can be adjudicated, dissected and bear relevance.

Its importance to the final outcome becomes succinct.

South Services young captain Brett Woods provided the masterstroke in The Daily Examiner/South Ex-Servicemen's Club night cricket grand final against GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst at McKittrick Park on Friday.

Woods elected to hold back his two major pace strike bowlers ? the club's leading wicket-taker Zac Page and experienced Jason Thompson ? until the final 10 overs in Tucabia's innings.

The previous bowlers ensured the pressure mounted.

With dangerman, Chris Adamson, and Andrew Buchanan at the crease, Thompson, nursing a hamstring injury, struck immediately, removing Adamson for 14, caught by Matt Peterson.

Page then went on a wicket-taking rampage.

He blasted through the exposed tail to grab an incredible 6-19 from just 4.2 overs.

Amazingly, five of Page's wickets were solo efforts ? no catches, just wickets tumbling back one after the other. The other dismissal involved a good catch by Matt Hartmann.

Page grabbed a hat-trick in the process with his last three deliveries.

Tucabia managed 117 from its 30 overs, disappointing after openers Scott Miller (11) and Brad Lloyd (12) and captain Damien Rouse (25) got the side off to a good start.

Lynch, Matt Kroehnert, Mark Laybutt and Thompson were South's other wicket takers.

Tucabia, undefeated in night games this season, now faced its moment of truth.

In recent weeks South's top order ? Woods and brothers Tom and Matt Kroehnert ? had been the league's most prolific run-getters.

With their confidence at optimum levels, the trio again cut loose.

Woods and Tom Kroehnert bludgeoned Tucabia's bowlers with venomous and purposeful strikes around the ground.

When Kroehnert fell for 22, bowled by Brett Paxton, the pair had swatted 48 in just five overs.

Matt Kroehnert joined Woods and the procession of runs continued.

Woods was out five overs later with South at 2-95 ? caught Adamson bowled Rosue ? for a punishing 38.

Gunnedah flanker Jeff Wilson was the pick of the dominant Central North pack. Front rowers Angus Burnell, Steve Woods and Drew Chapple also impressed.

Centres Urquhart and Sam Stewart, fullback Matt Panton and winger Ben Colley enhanced their chances of Country selection with fine games.

Far North Coast captain Ray Taylor stood out in the Dolphins pack and received good support from replacement forwards Dru Baggaley and Heath Conlan.

Halfback Brett Graham and winger Mat Scheibel defended strongly while centre Nigel Marshall made a couple clean breaks with limited possession.

In the Under-20s game, Southern Cross University No.8 Henry Vanderglas and Ballina fullback Adam Gordon started the representative season with big games as Far North Coast downed Central North 31-22.


CENTRAL NORTH 41( B Colley 2, D Heyman, L Urquhart, D Kaberry, M Sanson tires; M Hockey 3 conversions, penalty goal, M Panton conversion) d FAR NORTH COAST 3( D McDermid penalty goal).

Under 20: FAR NORTH COAST 31 (A Gordon 2, H Vanderglas 2, J Mau tries; A Gordon 2 conversions, W Marwick conversion) d Central North 22( L White, L Brown, A Munro tries; J York 2 conversions, penalty goal).

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