Tucabia juniors hell bent on revenge
By TONY WHITE
TUCABIA are keen to make amends for last year's premiership that slipped through their fingers when they tackle Harwood in the Clarence River Cricket Association Under-16 cricket grand final at McKittrick Park today and tomorrow.
Last year Tucabia went into the grand final favourites only to be beaten by South Services.
Tucabia are again minor premiers, going through the rain-interrupted season undefeated.
Harwood have lost only one match ? to Tucabia ? and the two standout teams will fight out what should be an exciting climax to the season, involving many of the Clarence Valley's best young cricketers.
Captained by Nick Whitton, Tucabia have a strong side made up of star players like Whitton, Tom Cootes, Seb Dalton, Rodney Mitchell and Steve Lutton, who were members of the representative team that defeated Coffs Harbour recently.
Dalton, also an excellent footballer, played in the successful Tucabia Premier League team that won Friday's South Servicemen's Club-Daily Examiner night cricket final.
Coached by Brad Paxton, Tucabia are particularly strong in the bowling department with the likes of Dalton, Lutton, Josh Sheather and Jacob Webb prolific wicket takers.
Cootes, Bri Hourigan, Mitchell and Dalton have also scored plenty of runs this season.
Harwood coach Graham Adams said his team had plenty of strike players capable of rising to the occasion.
"Getting them all to perform at the same time is the trick," Adams said.
"We've got a good all-round team."
Prolific run getter and wicket keeper Brett O'Connor, who has scored more than 1000 runs this season, and Andy Moloney, head the Harwood top order.
All-rounder Jarrod Gapps, who has taken a remarkable 5-0 from three overs, left arm seamer Andy Mahoney and Mark Adams add spice and penetration to the Harwood attack. Alex Davidson, up from Under-14s this season, is another Harwood youngster with ability.
The CRCA junior committee will stage a barbecue at Ellem Oval from 5pm, Friday, March 17 for Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 representative players and their parents.