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Murchison out to shake premiership hoodoo

It's been a long time between drinks for Murchison, 56 years in fact, and tomorrow it will be out to shake its curse when the Grasshoppers have two chances to secure a cricket premiership.

OLIVER CAFFREY March 21, 2014 4:10am

The Murchison curse has stood for 56 years.

Tomorrow the club has two opportunities to breakthrough for its first cricket premiership in any grade since 1958.

Murchison will battle Old Students for Cricket Shepparton’s C-grade title, while the E-grade team takes on Mooroopna for the Whitelock Shield.

The Grasshoppers’ last premiership came in the former Tatura Cricket Association, when two Murchison teams played each other in the final.

Murchison president Darryn Rowney said a number of grand final losses during the past decade had made the club even stronger.

‘‘It’s been about 15 years in a row that we’ve played off in a semi-final in at least one of the grades, so it’s between a long time between drinks to get both in a final,’’ Rowney said.

‘‘We’ve probably made three to four grand finals that we’ve lost when we finished top three in the home-and-away season and then it sort of fell apart in the final.

‘‘It would be great to win two finals on the weekend and we’re obviously hoping to win both, but even one would just be incredible for the club.’’

Rowney said the club remained strong, despite the long premiership drought, with its only two sides contesting this season’s finals.

Rowney said a strong club motto continued to work wonders for the Grasshoppers.

‘‘It’s club first, the team second, then the individual,’’ Rowney said.

‘‘We’ve created a really good atmosphere down at the club, we’re a really tight group, with a good family connection.’’

The Grasshoppers’ C-grade team progressed to the final with a crushing 237-run win against rival Dookie in the preliminary final last week.

The E-grade side’s semi-final against Dookie was not as comprehensive, clinching a one-wicket win.

However, the Whitelock Shield team will take confidence into the clash after thumping tomorrow’s opponent two weeks ago.

In other lower grade contests, Kialla Knights-Toolamba will take on Mooroopna at Tallygaroopna for the Clyde Young B-grade Shield.

Kyabram will be out to secure back-to-back D-grade premierships when the Redbacks fight it out for a consecutive season with the Cats at John Gray Oval.

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