Around the grounds Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges



Sunbury Lions young gun Amalani Fauonuku has been named in the under-17 state netball team for the national championships later this year. Fauonuku, who is known as a shooter, but can play either ends, made an instant impact for the Sunbury Lions A-grade side last season despite her age. Eliza Burge, who played for Riddell in the Riddell District Netball League last season, has also been named in the squad.


Sunbury’s Victorian Turf Cricket Association T20 run came to an end in the first round of finals. Facing Grand United, the Roar never got close. The Gorillas made 6-177 with Indika Massalage and Gayan Welikalage taking two wickets each. The Roar fell short with the bat, bowled out for 116. Liam Chant top scored with 38.


Gisborne came away with the points against Lancefield Yellow in a high scoring Gisborne and District Cricket Association women’s competition. Playing the longer format with both sides facing 30 overs each, Gisborne made 3-245 from its overs. Ruby Watts scored with 75 not out, while Brianna Woodburn with 73 not out, with both retiring. The Tigers pushed the total all the way, finishing just short, 3-238. Brooke Jeffery and Emily Consiglio both finished 70 not out, also both retiring. Macedon and Bacchus Marsh were the other winners. Darley had the bye.


East Sunbury and Riddell have their work cut out for them in the Gisborne and District Cricket Association Johnstone Shield. The Thunder made 173 against ladder leaders Wallan, with Shiran Ekanayake Mudiyanselage top scoring with 56. The Bombers have a big run chase on their hands, with Aintree making 364.