School loyalties put to the test



Rostrevor College cricketers (from left) Mackenzie Best, Aditya Dave, Kyle Brazell and Sam Rahaley. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

SCHOOL ties will be cut and new rivalries ignited when four Rostrevor College cricketers face off in the under-17 national championships.

The quartet have been selected in three different squads for the tournament, to be held from September 30 to October 12, featuring some of the country’s best underage players.

Rostrevor batsman Kyle Brazell, last year’s player of the tournament, will lead the South Australian side, while Kensington’s Sam Rahaley will line up for a Cricket Australia team.

They will be joined by boarders Aditya Dave and MacKenzie Best, who will both take the field for the Northern Territory.

Dave hails from Palmerston and MacKenzie from the Eyre Peninsula, but the latter has been selected to bolster the Northern Territory side because of his potential. The championships are known as one of the breeding grounds for young Australian cricketers looking to progress to the elite level.

Rostrevor First XI coach Bill Trewartha says all four students have the potential to be state and potentially national representatives.

“These championships will give our boys the opportunity to demonstrate their talents on a national stage and will be closely watched by those at the highest levels of Australian cricket,” Trewartha says.

Rahaley says he is not fazed by taking on some of his school mates.

“I am excited to try and showcase my skills in the upcoming tournament and hopefully the other boys can do so as well,” Rahaley says.

The South Australian, Northern Territory and Cricket Australia sides will take on New South Wales Metro, ACT/Country NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria Country, Vic Metro and WA for the title.