It’s been six long years since Coffs Tigers have celebrated playing in a final.
It’s been six long years since Coffs Tigers have celebrated playing in a final.

The battle of two workmates

IT’S fair to say that the banter at work between Coffs Tigers captain Kyle Paterson and Park Beach Bowling Club (PBBC) Colts all-rounder Daryl Parmenter has been healthy.

For the past three years the pair have traded barbs across the BCU branch at Park Ave where the pair work together and in the lead up to this weekend’s major semi final between the talk has continued between the two.

In fact it’s intensified.

“It’s been constant,” Parmenter said.

“Every day there will be a comment about who’s got the better side and who’s out and who’s in.

“There’s been a few little lies go on about the teams.”

On paper it’s a true David and Goliath battle with the Colts being the reigning champions while the Tigers are playing in its first final for six years.

Paterson doesn’t see it that way though.

“It’s one-all this year, we got the early bragging rights and they won the last one,” Paterson said.

“This time it will be the Tigers though.”

Parmenter who was recently announced as the wicket keeper in the Randwick-Petersham team of the decade alongside test players Simon Katich, Nathan Hauritz and Usman Khawaja believes that the finals experience his team enjoys will be a major asset today and tomorrow.

“I think because we were there last year it’s going to be a good thing,” he said.

“Obviously we can’t get complacent because we’re not going to have the same run as what we had last year and being minor premiers does put a bit of pressure on you.

“The boys who are still there from last year, they’re ready to go.”

As usual when cricket is brought up between the pair Paterson disagrees with everything his colleague said.

“Who needs finals experience? You’re only as good as your last game,” he countered.

“The boys are up for it and once again we’ll be going in as underdogs which is always a bonus for us.”

Whoever wins this weekend gets an armchair ride through to the grand final being played in a fortnight. The loser will get a second chance. No such luxury for the loser of the minor semi between Sawtell and Dorrigo.

Whoever loses that match at Richardson Park can put their cricket kits away for the winter months. Sawtell enter the match as favourites but the form Dorrigo have been in since Christmas means the result can go either way.

SEMI FINALS

Major Semi

PBBC Colts v Coffs Tigers at CCSLP No.1

Minor Semi

Sawtell v Dorrigo at Richardson Park



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