A Grade will take on Yackandandah in the CAW District Grand Final this weekend after its preliminary final win against Wodonga on the weekend.
After losing the toss and bowling the young Roos produced some tight lines early as pressure started to build on the Dogs.
An early change led to the introduction of Matthew Ross.
After a wayward first over he produced a brute of a ball to have opener King out hooking after the deflection hit the helmet and flew in the air.
He then did their number 3 for pace and uprooted off stump.
Mark Athanitis, as he has done all season, tied up an end and then turned the match on its head with 2 wickets in 2 balls.
His attack on the stumps has been first class throughout.
This left Wodonga 4-38.
Wodonga captain Brown and demoted English import Foreman then tried to re-establish the innings and took the score to 73 before a dodgy call saw Brown run out for 20.
This sparked a spectacular collapse.
Ross bowled with pace and accuracy while Dan Athanitis was miserly from the other end as they ran through Wodonga’s order.
The pressure of the final, backed by excellent fielding saw them all out for a miserable 89 from 43 overs.
Ross was outstanding with 4-12 from 9 rapid overs, while the Brothers Athanitis grabbed 2 each.
With 24 overs to negotiate, things started brightly with Tyler Easton and Damian Wilson batting well. Tyler got a good one and nicked with the score on 24 and some early nerves appeared.
Kade Wilson, fresh from a Bradtke induced concussion at Thursday’s training, gradually got himself in.
The two batted very sensibly and looked set at the close of play, with the Roos in total control at 1-69.
Sunday saw Damian Wilson (65) continue to find some much-needed form.
Kade was desperately unlucky to see a deflection from the bowler hit the stumps at the non-strikers end and he was run out for 20.
Matt Grantham picked up from last week as he and Damian took the score well past the required total.
In a waiting game to see when Wodonga would concede defeat, the solid Corowa batting order piled on the runs with Grantham (24), Lane (31), Rhodes (11) and Matt Wilson (17) taking away any chance of a loss.
At 6-196 at tea the Dogs pulled the pin and victory was ours.
A complete team performance now sees Corowa take on Yackandandah in the grand final at Bethanga.
If rain intervenes Corowa will hold the upper hand due to our win last week.
Get behind the boys as the Roos chase its first premiership for many years.
B Grade into Grand Final
For the second week running a superb innings by Greg Burgess have led B Grade into the grand final after defeating Mount Beauty by 3 wickets with 7 balls to spare at Ball Park Oval.
Losing the toss Corowa was asked to bowl first and Joe Hansen made a great start getting an early wicket.
Hansen got a second wicket in the 7th over to make it 2 for 23.
Mount Beauty steadied against some tight bowling by Jacob Bartlett and Greg Burgess as they held their wickets together before a late assault.
Bartlett with a direct hit run out got the breakthrough with the score at 84, but with 10 overs to go Mount Beauty upped its scoring.
Lochie Conboy and Burgess were able to get wickets but Mount Beauty were able to set a challenging total of 5 for 146 from 40.
Bartlett bowled well to have only 19 runs from his 8 overs while Hansen finished with 2 for 41 from 8.
Corowa made a great start in the chase with Conboy and Shane Norman adding 45 from 12 overs, before Conboy went for 11.
Norman was out in the next over for 31 and Corowa now 2 for 50.
Michael Linklater went shortly after as the scoring slowed.
Corowa went to drinks at the half way mark at 3 for 55.
Bartlett and Burgess lifting the scoring as they got to 84 in the 27th over before a hamstring injury to Burgess forced him to retire hurt on 15.
Corowa’s innings then fell away with Hansen, Tom Miegel and Bartlett (26) all dismissed and Corowa in deep trouble at 6 for 105 from 33.
Burgess returned to join Captain Scott Wilson and these two set about getting the 42 needed, before Wilson was dismissed for 15 with the score at 132 with 3 overs to go.
Burgess held his nerves as he hit the winning runs with 7 balls to spare.
Burgess was out next ball for a match winning 44 and the boys are off to the grand final to take on Yackandandah on Saturday at Baranduda.
C Grade Premiers
C Grade have made it three premierships in a row and their first in Cricket Albury-Wodonga with a 4-wicket victory over North Albury Green at Baranduda 2.
Being asked to bowl first, Corowa looked to be chasing plenty on the lighting outfield as North Albury raced to 40 after 6 overs.
Wickets to Mark Wallis and Deaken Clancy helped as North Albury reached 2 for 58 by the 10th over. Good spells by Wallis, 7 overs 2 for 29, and Jason Raggett 1 for 28 off 7 overs kept Corowa in the game and with Jake Burdon chiming in with 2 for 44, Corowa was able to restrict North Albury to 7 for 177 off their 35 overs.
In reply Corowa lost Billy Raggett early for 10, and when Liam Carter went in the 6th over Corowa was 2 for 21.
Corey Smith looked comfortable from the start as he and Jake Burdon pushed the score along to 64 in the 11th over before Burdon went for 12.
Declan Stewart joined Smith and the runs continued to flow as they reached 105 in the 17th before Smith went for a hard -hitting 54, an innings that included 7 boundaries and 3 sixes.
Darcy Melksham made 7 before he was dismissed leaving Corowa 5 for 118.
Mak Lavis made an important 17 taking the score to 142 in the 22nd over before he went.
Stewart was looking good and was joined by Jason Raggett and these two safely saw Corowa to victory with Raggett hitting the winning runs in the 29th over.
Stewart saving his best innings for the season in the final with 52 not out while Raggett made 14 not out.
Well done to all the sides, especially to the five of the players taking out their third premiership in three years, Danny Osborne, Jake Burdon, Liam Carter, Riley Carter and Mark Wallis.
Under 16 Premiers
Corowa Blue Division 1 Under 16s are premiers after toppling the previous undefeated Wodonga in a great game of cricket at Xavier Oval.
Losing the toss and bowling first on Saturday morning, the bowlers looked in for a long day as Wodonga added 66 in the first 15 overs before Lochie Conboy got the first wicket.
Conboy backed up again in the 20th over as Wodonga got to the half way mark at 2 for 77 off 20 overs.
Wodonga were able to lift the scoring in the last 20 overs with wickets in hand as they reached 9 for 178 from their 40 overs.
Jacob Beveridge was able to take 3 for 28 off his 6 overs to slow the scoring, while Conboy finished with 2 for 27 off his 6.
Darcy Melksham with 1 for 16 off 6 overs and Gabby Sutcliffe 1 for 20 off 6 overs also bowled well, while Luke Backhouse was tight as usual with 0 for 18 off his 6 overs.
Good catches by Jack Downing and Matt Dutton help the team while Bailey Pirnag’s 3 overs for 11 were important.
The total was perhaps 20 more than hoped for but with a strong batting line-up the Roos were not without hope.
Sunday morning’s chase began slowly with Angas McFarland (11) gone in the 6th with the score on 16.
Jordan Eyers and Darcy Melksham batted well as they proceeded to set the platform for the innings. The Xavier outfield was lightning fast and runs began to flow.
Eyers eventually went for a great Captains knock of 41 and the score on 95.
Corowa kept up the required run rate with Conboy and Melksham joining together to take Corowa to 2 for 105 at the half way mark.
Melksham eventually went for match high 46 in the 28th leaving the Roos 3-132.
Conboy continued to score freely as Corowa lost Luke Backhouse and Mak Lavis and were teetering a little at 5 for 157.
Jake Beveridge joined Conboy and these two got the team within touch of glory before Conboy went for a very important 44 with 3 runs needed for victory.
Beveridge (13*) with the help of Bailey Minogue saw Corowa to victory with 10 balls to spare as they were flocked by their jubilant teammates on the centre wicket.
Congratulations to the side who played their best two games of the season in the two finals.
Well done to everyone involved.
The club would like to acknowledge its sponsors for this season that are helping with the move to the new competition, Corowa RSL Club, Hotel Australia, David Lane Builder, Corowa Home Improvements, John Rhodes Bricklaying, Sportspower Corowa, Davidson White, Potts & Schnelle, Meat on the Murray, Stockdale & Logo Corowa, Corowa Bakery, Pharmasave, Lawson Grains, BWS, Corowa Tree Care, GenTech Seeds, Bartletts Corowa Gas, Kilara Group Corowa, Origin Clothing, Brian Eales Painting, Health Culture and Woolworths Corowa, as well as the support of the Federation Council.