Narrow win to United

ROVERS United reminded Wangaratta Rovers which sport they’re best suited to at W.J. Findlay Oval yesterday, running out narrow winners in the inaugural Justin Kelly trophy.

The WDCA outfit held off the Ovens and Murray Hawks by nine runs in an entertaining Twenty20 affair in front of about 500 fans.

“It was a good day,” organiser Jacob Schonafinger said last night.

“Early on it looked like Saturday’s weather was going to be a factor.

“The wicket was still pretty wet but it was dry by the time we started.”

The Hawks, led by veteran skipper Ross Hill, played ducks and drakes by refusing to reveal their starting line-up until game day.

Young Hawk Ryan Cobain, a cricketer himself with Bruck, top scored with 26 for the footballers, in a team that contained the likes of Josh Newton, John Conroy and coach Mick Caruso.

Callum Nankervis top scored for United, also with 26, as the cricketers set the Hawks 100 for victory.

The match was designed to further develop the relationship between the clubs.

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