By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
FOR the past three or four seasons the Coffs Harbour representative cricket team has had a massive monkey on its back by the name of Manning River.
With one fell swoop this Sunday, the team can get rid of that monkey and at the same time qualify for the SCG Country Cup finals to be held in Dubbo between Christmas and the new year.
Each time the Coffs Harbour boys have come within one victory of qualifying for the financially lucrative tournament, they have been stopped by the team from Taree.
"This has been the stop sign of previous campaigns," Coffs Harbour captain Daryl Parmenter said.
"All the boys are very keen for this one, they realise that the goal is to get past this and we're happy to be at home as well."
The captain couldn't be happier with the team selected this season and he's confident he has the cattle to produce a victory.
"Everyone in the team is in form at the moment and there's plenty of bowling options," he said.
As the captain of the North Coast side, Parmenter has some insight into what his team will be up against on Sunday and he admits that the opposition team has some very handy cricketers.
"Josh Anderson is an opening bowler who gets good bounce and has good pace, while Josh Emerton is an all-rounder who can bat very well," he said.
Parmenter hopes playing at Brelsford Park can help his team get over the line.
Coffs Harbour DCA team v Manning River DCA: D. Parmenter (capt), P. Bayley, D. Elks, D. Funston, T. Gill, B. Guthrie, T. Herbert, G. Johnson, M. Lawrence, K. McMillan, J. Mennie, J. Moran. Reserve: P. Martin.