A two-week break from competition has district players eager to take to the field ahead of finals.GEORDIE COWAN February 14, 2014 4:26am
District cricketers will have to return from their heat-enforced break with some fire of their own as Goulburn Murray Cricket teams vie for finals berths.
Just four points separate the teams ranked fourth to seventh on the ladder, while undefeated Echuca must win its final round clash against Kyabram Fire Brigade to claim the minor premiership.
The only teams virtually guaranteed to stay in their respective ladder positions are the third-placed Flames and winless Stanhope.
Eighth-placed Rochester United has some hope of snatching a spot in the finals, but needs the unlikely outcome of both ninth-placed Cooma and last-placed Stanhope to defeat sixth and seventh-placed Bamawm-Lockington United and Moama respectively.
By the same token, expected results mean the clash between fourth and fifth-placed Tongala and Echuca South is a ‘must-win’ to play finals.
■ In B grade, Echuca is likely to finish top, while Rochester Tigers and Cooma are likely to hold on to the last spots in the top six, with BLU and Echuca South close behind.
■ With two weeks left in C grade, the battle for top spot is between Echuca and Stanhope, while teams as low as ninth still hold some hope of playing in finals.
■ The D grade finalists are already set, with Stanhope narrowly leading Echuca in the race for first position.
Grahamvale Primary School had a special visitor for its Anzac Day assembly yesterday.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca shearer Franky Atkinson has earned himself a return trip to New Zealand next year after an impressive run of performances in shearing competitions.
William Napier, whose remains lie in Rochester cemetery, received the Empire's highest honour for gallantry while fighting for the British army during the Indian Mutiny.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The Cancer Council Relay For Life fundraiser is a cause close to the hearts, and feet, of many district residents.
Redgum sculpture is carved at Thompsons Beach, Cobram.
Deniliquin Police ConFest Operation nets 76 drug detections.
Murray Goulburn has lifted its milk prices to about $6.66 kg milk solids.
Benalla's Joda Plex was named Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFEs student of the year at her graduation this month.
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