THE highly-anticipated Stribley Shield competition kicks off on Sunday, with Cootamundra on the road to meet Goulburn.
This season, the competition comprises of just four sides – Cootamundra Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, and Yass.
Gone from last season are Gundagai-Tumut, Temora and Young.
On Sunday Cootamundra travel to Seiffert Oval in Goulburn, while Wagga host Yass at McPherson Oval.
The match in Goulburn is of historical significance as it is Goulburn’s first match in the Stribley Shield competition.
A notable retirement from the Stribley Shield this season is Daniel Poidevin from Yass.
The tall left-hander has represented Riverina and he has scored a stack of runs the Stribley Shield competition.
Yass are the defending premiers in this competition who easily accounted for Wagga in last season’s final at McPherson Oval by 104 runs.
Since Yass entered the Stribley Shield in 1995-96- 22 seasons, they have now won nine titles and runner-up just twice- a great conversion rate – second only to Cootamundra with 17.
Matches commence at 10am.
THE first round on Sunday coincides 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Remembrance Day has a special significance in 2018.
Sunday, November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, which ended the First World War (1914–18).
Seeing the significance of the November 11, I would ask teams and umpires at both matches, Goulburn and Wagga, to stop play at 11am, and observe two minutes’ silence honouring the “Glorious Dead.”
ROUND two is on December 2, round three January 20, with the final on February 10.
- THE Cootamundra team for the Stribley Shield match against Goulburn is: Dean Bradley (captain) Nathan Corby, David Garness, Gene Kessel, Darren Connell, Josh Purtell. Matt Berkrey, Ryan Connell, Jack Caldwell, and Tom Grace, (one spot to fill).