Colts are the real deal
NOT even club president Neil Coogan expected Park Beach Bowling Club Colts to win the minor premiership and be the first team into the Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association grand final.
But that's what happened when Colts downed Coffs Tigers at the weekend, with the man who doubles as middle-order batsman stopping for a moment to take it all in.
“When Chris Moran retired and Craig Haworth headed to Adelaide, even I thought we'd take time to consolidate the new line-up,” Coogan said.
“Instead, the choice of Matt Rose as new captain was a brilliant move.
"While he's totally unconventional and a little bit 'out there' he just loves cricket, loves leading the team and that enthusiasm becomes infectious.
“He's groomed players and promoted them and look at what blokes like Josh Noble have done – that 86 as an opening bat on the weekend made so much difference to us.”
Coogan agreed his tight-knit unit would probably start slight favourite for the decider but had no preference between Sawtell and Tigers for an opponent.
“Sawtell are always dangerous and hard to beat, while Tigers are a bit like us, where very few gave them a chance before the season began,” he said.
“Maybe now, with two wins in a row over Tigers, we have the wood on them but nobody within the Colts organisation is counting chickens.
“In the only game that matters it still means putting the ball in the right places, taking your catches and letting the batting talent do their thing.”
Forced to choose one point of difference, Coogan nominated mercurial Andrew Firth as a major asset.
“A big-match player who always brings something extra to the game.
"He could be our trump card in the big one,” he said.