LIFE couldn't be much better at Dennington.
The club is enjoying its best start to the season in recent memory, with six of the Dogs' seven male teams still unbeaten.
Dennington's division one team - who has suffered one loss - is placed just outside of the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association's top four.
The club's division two, division three, under 17s, under 15s and under 11s, meanwhile, are all undefeated.
Dogs president Mick Howley lauded strong numbers across the board and said morale was high.
"I'd say the numbers are the best we've ever had for juniors," he said.
"We have four teams across our junior grades and we have 20 in our Woolworths Cricket Blast program.
"We've had those really good senior numbers too. It's a good place to be."
Howley said Dennington's Twenty20 premiership this past season and smart recruiting had set the tone at the top.
I think we're getting back to being that family club.Mick Howley
"We've also had good development from within. Guys like Jack Noonan and Lochie Worden have improved again," Howley said.
"We've improved sponsorship and we're working on that community engagement stuff and once you get that, you get the flow on effect.
"I think we're getting back to being that family club. We've had a lot of kids come back through the Woolworths blast program and that brings former players back to the club which is always good."
Howley commended each senior captain for their role in the club's rise.
Association on hunt for moniker
SOUTH West Cricket Association's junior female side is calling for community input as it searches for a nickname.
The side, which competes in the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association's Renegades Under 17 division, has narrowed its search to four names. The options are Comets, Cannons, Crickets and Renegades.
To enter, community members can visit one of the Terang Co-Op's associated stores - Terang Mitre 10, Terang Supa IGA, Terang Rural Store, 360 Dairy Solutions and Camperdown Mitre 10 - and fill in a ticket.
They can fill out a ticket via one of the association's 13 clubs as well the female team.
First prize will win a $500 cricket bat while second will win a $100 voucher to Warrnambool-based butcher The Meat Barn.
Julius' ton of fun
BEN Julius is known as one of the Grassmere Cricket Association's top players.
But he'd never quite cracked that elusive century - until Saturday. Julius blasted 136 to help Hawkesdale extend its unbeaten streak against Grassmere.
WDCA team of the week
Aaron Williams (Port Fairy) 81*; Matthew Love (Brierly-Christ Church) 72; James Dalton (Wesley-CBC) 64*; Kory Howlett (Woodford) 51; Damith Indika (Dennington) 45; Jarrod Petherick (Merrivale) 4-24; Oliver King (Woodford) 3-14; Luke Ryan (Allansford-Panmure)3-14; Sam Mahony (Allansford-Panmure) 3-23; Glenn Hannah (Nestles) 3-24; Campbell Love (Brierly-Christ Church) 3-25
SWC team of the week
Eddie Lucas (Bookaar) 105; Fraser Lucas (Bookaar) 52, 3-16; Johnathon Benallack (Cobden) 45; Steven Fisher (Camperdown) 41; Corey Rounds (Mortlake) 36*; James Moloney (Noorat) 5-29; Michael Pegg (Cobden) 5-54; Jack Lehmann (Mortlake) 4-13; Lachlan Higginson (Mortlake) 3-6; Deiter McDonald (Bookaar) 3-8; Lahiru Fernando (Pomborneit) 3-20
GCA team of the week
Ben Julius (Hawkesdale) 136; Kyle Buchanan (Killarney) 49; Wayne Hansford (Woolsthorpe) 48; Jacob Linke (Hawkesdale) 46; Bruce Alexander (Wangoom) 36; Tyson Umbers (Yambuk) 4-16; Christo Rook (Yambuk) 3-15; Jacob Linke (Hawkesdale) 3-24; Chamika Fernando (Wangoom) 3-29; Cameron Cutler (Hawkesdale) 3-30; Brad Bushell (Grassmere) 3-55
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