Ten Seasons in the Sun

1987-88Shane Metelmann commences his cricket career as an eight year old in Strathmore's third Under 12 side, coached by the Mores' 1996-97 McCabe Shield premiership coach Max Grimmett, in the lowest grade of the then EBKCA.
1988-89Shane plays in the Strathmore's second Under 12 team which wins the Under 12 D premiership, the last coached by Tony Smith.
1989-90Plays in Under 12 A runners up, again coached by Tony Smith, and in the EBKCA Mitchell Shield "Black" team coached by his father, John Metelmann.
1990-91Wins club bowling average with 26 wickets in arguably the best Under 12 club team in the history of the EBKCA, coached by Chris Dodd. Shane and five other members of that team are also members of the Strathmore Primary School team that looses the Grand Final of the Victorian Primary Schools by four runs. Shane also plays in the Victorian Primary Schools team at the national championship in Brisbane.
1991-92Plays in the first of two consecutive Under 14 A premierships coached by Geoff Taylor and for Coburg in Hatch Shield coached by Peter Flack.
1992-93As 1991-92 with Coburg winning the Hatch Shield.
1993-94Plays in the first of two consecutive Under 16 McCabe Shield runners up coached by Max Grimmett and commences playing regularly for Strathmore seniors. Plays with Essendon in Dowling Shield again coached by Peter Flack.
1994-95Shane's batting improves considerably and he wins the trophy for the best allrounder with the Under 16 team and the Francis Stockbridge memorial award as Strathmore's most promising junior. Playing for Strathmore firsts in the VTCA. Crosses to North Melbourne for Dowling Shield
1995-96Shane becomes a Northcote player and gets into the firsts before the end of the season. While still being selected for his bowling, gets a 99 for the Victorian Under 17 team.
1996-97Misses playing in the state Under 19 team through illness, but is more than repaid by becoming a member of Northcote's premiership team at 17 years of age.