South setting the pace
By TONY WHITE
SOUTH Services players were informed midweek they currently lead the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League cricket competition.
Brett Woods, who took over the captaincy following the retirement of John Frame last season, said the news was 'very exciting'.
"All the boys are stoked. It's great news. I reckon we've surprised a lot of people," Woods said.
"We're just a bunch of young blokes, keen, having a go, having fun and enjoying eachothers company.
"Yeah, we're going all right."
Woods tempered the side's feeling with the realisation the job is far from over.
Today South will feature in the topof-the-table clash against Harwood Hilton at Iluka Oval.
"Harwood are a good side and always hard to beat," Woods said.
"They're capable of batting all day. We'll have to bowl well and hold our catches.
"Hopefully we can take a bit more time with our batting and bat out our overs. If you bat out your overs your 90 per cent through winning.
"We're not getting carried away, it's been one game at a time, but it's been a big team effort. When the batsmen have failed the bowlers have come good, and vice versa.
"Everyone has put their hand up at some stage of the season."
Woods admits his own batting form has been down but he continues to work at his game and does not believe the captaincy role is a factor.
"It (my form) has been very dicey and yes I was a bit stressed out with the captaincy in the early games, but I've settled and I've got a lot of good blokes around me to help," he said.
In other matches Westlawn Grafton Hotel take on GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst at McKittrick Park and Grafton Services Brothers tackle East Royal Tavern at Ellem Oval.