The Bundaberg Christian College holds up the Lane Shield
The Bundaberg Christian College holds up the Lane Shield Contributed

Lane Shield triumph

THE Lane Shield has a new home after the Bundaberg Christian College won the primary schools cricket final earlier this month.

Held since 1929, the Shield is contested for by Bundaberg primary schools around the region.

Contesting the tournament after a break of a few years, the Christian College won five matches this year to win the Shield without losing a match.

Despite providing Australian school representatives Zac Keune and Matt Fulton, it is the first win for the college since opening as a school in 1996.

In the final they faced St Mary's and won by 37 runs on the back of an extraordinary fielding performance.

After making 1 for 80 from their 15 overs, with Travis Price retiring on 21 and Jano Kirchner making 19, the Christian College bowled out St Mary's for 43 with seven run-outs.

Coach Len Kirchner said his team excelled in fielding.

"We taught the kids simple drills with fielding to provide them with the basics of the game."

"It seemed to work as the students created plenty of confusion to the opposition from their great fielding," Kirchner said.

With just three players on the team who play cricket for a local club in the region, Kirchner added the team took on the game quickly.

"We have only just started a sports academy at the school with cricket being one of the sports incorporated," he said.

"To see some players excel after a few training sessions has been pleasing for all involved."

Kirchner now hopes some of them can play club cricket and remain associated with the sport.

"Price and (Jano) Kirchner already play cricket for clubs in the region," he said.

"We're hopeful some others might join them after the success they had in the tournament."

The school was proud of its athletes.

"We're the first independent school in 86 years to win the title," Kirchner said.

"The school is incredibly proud to hold the Lane Shield for the next 12 months."

Despite the success Kirchner concluded it would be nice to see other schools compete in the event.

"We're happy to take the title but it would have been nice to see other primary schools compete," he said.

"You want the best competing at an event so I hope everyone enters next year."

For St Mary's it was a second year of heartbreak after also losing in the final last year.