As minor premier Colts are favourites in this weekend’s grand final against Coffs Tigers.
As minor premier Colts are favourites in this weekend’s grand final against Coffs Tigers. TREVOR VEALE

Grand final to be a close one

PARK Beach Bowling Club (PBBC) Colts captain Matt Rose won’t buy into the argument that his team is the favourite in this weekend’s cricket grand final against Coffs Tigers.

Despite the fact that the Colts have won its past two clashes against the Tigers with the most recent being a comfortable victory only a fortnight ago in the major semi-final, Rose refuses to admit that there’s much difference between the two teams.

“They (Coffs Tigers) didn’t finish second for no reason, and actually they were tied for first with us when the season ended,” Rose said of the opposition.

“We’ve beaten them twice in the last couple of months but we can’t get complacent.

“The Tigers are a good side but if we’re going to win this comp we’re going to have to beat them a third time.”

Having won the title 12 months ago in a thriller against Diggers Ex-Services to break a 21-year premiership drought, Rose believes the experience his team gained in that grand final can only be a benefit as the entire squad will be a little bit more relaxed..

“We’re just going to try to play the game as the same old week-in, week-out,” he said.

“Everyone’s got a taste of it and I think that’s going to be a good asset coming into a grand final.”

The Tigers will have the exuberance on its side as the club plays in its first grand final since 2004/05.

Kieran Hogan believes being away from grand final action for so long actually gives his team an edge in the hunger stakes.

“We’re very excited,” Hogan said.

“We can’t wait to get out there on Saturday.”

Despite the recent losses against the Colts, the left-arm quick hinted that the Tigers are genuinely confident of winning the prized Bill Amos Memorial Shield.

“We know it’s going to be a hard slog but I’m sure we can do it,” he said.

The Coffs boys are motivated to send off one of their own with a win this weekend.

Former captain Kyle Paterson is heading off on an overseas jaunt which starts this week and the skipper said the boys were keen to send him away a happy man.

“We’re a very tight-knit bunch of blokes and the camaraderie is great,” he said.

“For that reason we’d love to send old KP out on a high note.”

Rose quickly answered that in a grand final you don’t need any additional motivation to succeed.

The wicketkeeper did add that the week off the Colts earned by winning the major semi had a benefit that has added to his confidence.

“We’ve had a couple of niggling injuries so the week off was good,” he said.

“Now everyone’s fully fit to play.”



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