Dani Llewellyn's U11 side triumphed in the NEJCA U11 Blue competition to make it three junior premierships at HVCC in 2016/17. A fantastic effort, congratulations!
The 2016/17 U11 Blue premiership for the Hope Valley Devils was the culmination of an extremely even competition with a washout in the penultimate match and one earlier in the season leaving our team precariously placed in the run to the finals. A loss to minor premiers Walkerville in the final minor round left us in a battle for 4th spot and with other results falling our way we managed to steal the last finals place and a (semi-final) rematch against Walkerville. In a tight one day semi-final, a strong first up batting performance of 8/96 highlighted by a 32* from Mitchell Llewellyn and 14 to Bailey Rowe put us in an excellent position. Then a fantastic bowling performance highlighted by Shane Weinhengst’s 2/2 with wickets to our eventual bowling award winner Ben De Conno, Llewellyn (2), Jake Madigan, Jerom Cooray and Anthony Simcock saw us bowl the minor premiers out for 84 and move us into the big dance. The grand final against 2nd placed Glenunga saw another fantastic game of cricket. Our boys bowled first and placed tremendous team pressure on Glenunga from the start with regular wickets falling. Shane Weinhengst led the attack with 3/3, Bailey Rowe, Ben De Conno and Mitchell Llewellyn took 2 each, and Anthony Simcock 1 to bowl them out for 84 after 31.5 overs. In reply the batsmen all contributed along the way and at 5/71 we seemed well in control. A flurry of wickets however saw us need 3 runs with 1 wicket in hand but Rowe 9* and DeConno 7* nerve-lessly guided the team home for a one-wicket win, with significant contributions from Llewellyn 24, Kamaal Samsudeen 9 and Aidan Hughes 8. A fantastic win for the boys and particularly rewarding after a narrow one-wicket loss in the previous season’s grand final. Dani Llewellyn (Coach)