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Kyabram Fire Brigade and Tongala are ready to rumble this weekend as they bid hold Goulburn Murray Cricket's trophy aloft.

MATTHEW GALEA March 13, 2014 4:15am

Tongala’s Andrew Good and the Flames’ Daniel Kent would like nothing more than to get their hands on the Goulburn Murray Cricket trophy.


It is perhaps the grand final that no-one predicted, but it’s one that should thrill nonetheless.

Kyabram Fire Brigade and Tongala will face off in this weekend’s Goulburn Murray Cricket decider after the Blues knocked off Rochester Tigers in the preliminary final last week.

The Tigers rolled the Blues for 162 on day one and headed into day two more than 30 runs into the chase, but not even the Tigers could resist the Blues’ awesome bowling attack — a story that has been a rather familiar one during the campaign.

Blues captain Andrew Good said their sights had shifted to the Flames.

The Blues went down to the Flames in the semi-finals, following another poor showing with the bat, leaving Good in no doubt as to what must improve this weekend.

‘‘We basically know we can bowl everyone out in the league, but it’s our batting that has been the downside, so we know we need to make more runs,’’ Good said.

‘‘Jayden Tucker has found a bit of form at the end of the season, Travis Johnstone hit 97 in his last game for B-grade when they got knocked out of finals, so there’s a spot for him given his good form too.’’

Good is no stranger to premiership success himself.

The captain-coach arrived at Tongala nine years after his first stint, which ended in premiership glory, and will hope to continue his good fortune with the Blues.

Flames captain Daniel Kent said the squad was excited to be back in the grand final, after missing out last year, and despite plenty of premiership success in the old Kyabram District Cricket Association, the prospect of a first GMC title gave the team plenty to be hungry about.

‘‘There’s a couple of guys that have won five grand finals, so there’s plenty of experience ... which counts for maybe 10 or 20 per cent,’’ Kent said.

‘‘It’s important to treat it as just another game, but there is expectation — there always is when you’re that close to the ultimate.

‘‘We’re a pretty proud club and it’s much harder to win a premiership in the GMC, so this would be the best one of the lot.’’

Kent isn’t getting too far ahead of himself, despite already beating Tongala once in this finals series.

‘‘As far as I’m concerned, Rochy (Tigers) were the best side in the comp, so they’ve done really well to beat those guys,’’ Kent said.

‘‘We’re trying not to worry about them too much, we just want to do what we do well and if we can do that, I think it will go a long way to winning the game.’’

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