Grand final debutants feature in clash of wisdom and youth
CRCA 2ND GRADE: Turning up for a grand final will be nothing new for captain Greg Mears and most of his experienced Tucabia Copmanhurst Phil Lloyd Earthmoving crew.
However, when the side takes on Coutts Crossing in the CRCA Second Grade grand final at McKittrick Park today from 12.30pm it will be Brad Lloyd's first time in a decider. And according to Mears, the gravity of the occasion is not lost on his all-rounder.
"In all the years he has played with our club this is Brad Lloyd's first grand final and he is pretty hyped," Mears said.
"According to his wife he hasn't been sleeping and has been playing cricket in his head instead.
"The rest of the boys are fairly relaxed. We're a fairly old team so we have plenty of experience and have been around the traps a while."
Coutts Crossing, meanwhile, will field a much more youthful side including Under-16 cricketer Eli Fahey, who scored a match-winning 104 not out in the preliminary final win last week.
"Young Eli Fahey is a good young cricketer and obviously his first grade experience is going to make him a more difficult customer to remove at the crease," Mears said.
"But I did watch some of that game last week and have a few ideas on how to get him."
The core of the Coutts side is now in its second year together since the club re-entered a team into second grade in 2014/15.
"There are some good young cricketers in that side so we're going to have to play some good cricket if we're going to beat them," Mears said.
"Dan Blackman has been bowling well and Noel O'Connell can get away if you're not careful."
Coutts Crossing captain Dan Blackman is another stepping out for his maiden grand final appearance.
"This is my first cricket grand final for Coutts," Blackman said.
"We got knocked out in the semis last year so it's good to make a final.
"Tucabia are an old school side with heaps of old heads who know what they're doing.
"They'll just try to bat all day and bat their hundred overs out. We've got to do the same, take our catches and bowl the right lines and lengths."