Final a family affair
By ADRIAN MILLER
IT APPEARS cricket out Tucabia way is a real family affair.
Well, it certainly will be this weekend in the CRCA third grade grand final, when 13 out of the 22 players who will take the field will be related.
Tucabia A won through to the grand final last weekend to meet their undefeated arch-rivals Tucabia B at Rushforth Park today.
Tucabia B captain Steve Whitton said with all the similar surnames, it could end up being rather confusing.
"I've got two sons in my team, then there's Nathan and Matt Dougherty in the A side, Mark Mitchell and his son Rodney Mitchell in the B side ? but his other son Brendan is in the A side," he said.
"Then there's brothers Luke and Andrew Kelly, one in each team, and then we have Aaron, Jacob and Rhy Webb.
"Aaron and Rhy are in the A side and Jacob is in the B side."
And it seems there has been plenty of talk between the teams in the lead up to Saturday's decider.
"The sledging started about a week and a half ago," Whitton said.
"Even before the A side won through to the final this weekend they were sledging and it's really thick at the moment.
But even without all the talk, the game promises to be a tough encounter.
"It should be really great fun but it should be pretty tough too," Whitton said.
"It could be more intense that it would be against the other clubs because the A team hasn't beaten the B team so they really are the dark-horses.
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"But they've hit form and have had two very comfortable wins so they're in great form."
Whitton said it was an amazing result for the team considering the B side wasn't nominated to play in the competition until two days before it kicked off.
Whitton said with the bulk of both sides being teenagers it augurs well for the club's future -although with the way their sides have been playing they seem to already be in a strong position.
"Premier League won the night competition against Westlawn and we picked up the Under-16s and Under-14s premierships," he said.
"So with a bit of luck we could be the premiers right through from Premier League to Under-14s," he said.