Numurkah’s Jahlan Lau is not getting carried away with the Blues’ strong start to the Haisman Shield.PATRICK O'MEARA November 9, 2012 4:15am
Numurkah’s Jahlan Lau is not getting carried away with the Blues’ strong start to the Haisman Shield.
The Blues are second on the ladder after five rounds, behind only competition powerhouse Central Park-St Brendan’s.
Already, with four wins, the Blues have more wins than they did last season when they claimed the wooden spoon with two wins.
Lau, a lifelong player and former captain, said the lid was well and truly still on in the Blues’ camp.
‘‘We are going along all right,’’ Lau said downplaying his side’s fast start.
‘‘We are not a great side, but we are going along all right at the moment.
‘‘But we are not getting too far ahead of ourselves, we are just taking it one week at a time at the moment.
‘‘We realise where we are at, we know we have to play at our absolute best each week to win and that is what we need to keep doing.’’
He has been a star for the Blues despite their struggles, which has seen him be an integral player in Cricket Shepparton’s representative sides.
Last Saturday against Old Students, he was at his destructive best smashing 110.
‘‘I have been a bit scratchy this season, the first couple of hits, but it was certainly nice to get a score last week,’’ he said.
‘‘I had a bit of luck, but that is okay, it was just nice to hit them all right and get a good score.’’
Lau admits that with each win the confidence within the group grows.
‘‘A couple of wins always builds confidence and particularly with a couple of the younger guys in there, who haven’t played a lot of A-grade cricket, it is nice to get that winning feeling,’’ he said.
Lau said it was the youngsters who were helping drive the club.
‘‘Some of them have only played four or five games, but it is just the enjoyment and enthusiasm that they bring, especially in the field, that really makes a difference,’’ he said.
Lau highlighted Tommy Buzza as a prime example.
‘‘He hasn’t had too many opportunities with the bat or ball so far, but in the field he is brilliant,’’ he said.
‘‘He is just so enthusiastic and has a real impact.’’
Lau said the impact of skipper Mark Brown, who is averaging more than 107 with the bat, could also not be underestimated in contributing to the Blues’ rise.
‘‘Browny would be in the top two or three bats in the competition,’’ he said.
‘‘On his day, he is just a class above.’’
He said thoughts of a second final appearance were yet to cross his mind.
Lau has only played in one final in his senior career, a semi-final ‘‘a long, long time ago’’.
‘‘That is a long way off yet,’’ he said.
‘‘We will just keep it one week at a time, stick to our plans and you just never know what might happen.
‘‘We might be able to sneak in.’’
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