THE dream of a fourth successive Dundas Cup will elude St Mary’s in the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade competition, after the champions of the past three summers reached the Christmas break at the bottom of the ladder with only two wins on the board.
Mathematically the Saints are still a chance of reaching the top four, but they must rely on winning every match before March and some results going their way in other matches that they have no control over.
Currently they sit 17.50 points out of fourth place, which is not insurmountable, but with the form of the team at present not being up to the standard that saw the club win three premierships in succession, that gap may as well be 100 points!
No team can remain at the top of the competition for a prolonged period as many players come and go from a club as the years go by.
The Saints were unable to recruit an A grade standard player this season while they lost a number of stars who brought the Dundas Cup back to Mitchell Park three years running.
The biggest loss has been their strike bowler, Brandon Ross, who has moved to Geelong to play with Highton CC and the young opening bowler has gone on to win selection in the Victorian Country State team for the upcoming National Titles in January 2014.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, December 28, 2013.