Cross-town rivals will meet tomorrow in the Goulburn Murray Cricket semi-final.LUKE MCMANUS February 28, 2014 4:04am
Stakes will be high during tomorrow’s Goulburn Murray Cricket semi-final between Echuca and Moama.
Not only will the cross-border rivalry heighten tensions at Victoria Park during the next two days, but just one slip up and a club’s 2013-14 finals hopes will be over.
It would be a disastrous equation for Echuca after the club enjoyed a near-perfect regular A grade season, owning top spot on the ladder for 10 out of 11 rounds.
Echuca captain Brendan Prendergast said while last weekend’s seven-wicket loss to Kyabram Fire Brigade was a setback, his side was more than prepared for the challenge.
‘‘The boys are excited, finals is something we’ve known we were going to part of around the Christmas break,’’ he said.
‘‘Even if our form dropped away towards the end of the season, we were confident enough in our own ability and experience to handle the pressure of finals.
‘‘We used last week’s loss as an opportunity to highlight areas in which I thought we needed to improve on.
‘‘At the end of the day, we didn’t feel like we played too badly, there was just a couple of blokes that batted well and ultimately took the game away from us.’’
Despite jumping straight on the front-foot, Prendergast knows all too well the pressure of expectation.
After finishing the 2012-13 season undefeated, premierships dreams were shattered after the side was bundled out in the preliminary final.
Still a nagging memory, Prendergast said it was important not to dwell on past results.
‘‘I always think if you don’t achieve what you think you’re capable of, then it’s a wasted opportunity,’’ he said.
‘‘We have a better understanding of what needs to be done this time around and we have that experience under our belt.
‘‘It will be business as usual for us
While Echuca has the wood over Moama this season, thanks to its commanding nine-wicket win in round five, Moama captain Cameron Parker is waiting to swoop on any vulnerability.
Parker is hoping for his side’s most experienced players, Kirk Teasdale and Ralph Siede, will help combat Echuca’s incomparable depth.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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