Iluka to fly solely on hope in LCCA
LCCA: Iluka players will be crossing their fingers, toes and all other extremities as they head into the final two weeks of the LCCA Maclean Bowling Club First Grade competition with not much but hope on their side.
On a weekend where the side needed a victory to keep them within reach of playing in the finals, all cricket action was washed out across the competition.
For Iluka, who were heading into a match against competition cellar-dwellers Yamba, it was a tough pill to swallow.
"We have beaten Yamba twice before in this season and we were fairly confident we could do it again," Iluka captain Dave Cowan said. "But I guess there is not really much you can do, it is just the way it is."
Following the abandoned match Iluka mathematically will need to rely on defeating Lawrence - the side 10 points above them on the competition ladder - and then hope Lawrence lose in the last round.
"I have not rely paid too much attention to it all but a couple of the boys were on to it," Cowan said.
"If Lawrence get beaten these next two weeks, and we win our next game before heading into the bye in the final round - we should pip them by one competition point.
"We are pretty casual down here in Iluka so I try not to let it worry me too much. I still like to win and I still play hard, but I am not as full on as I used to be."
In the final round of the regular season Iluka are off with the bye but Cowan would not be surprised if his players were not too far away from the action.
"The boys have still got some fight in them. They have said it's time to turn it on and get the win this weekend," he said.
"And then we sit back and hope Wanderers do us a favour and beat Lawrence in the final week. I dare say a few of the boys might go and watch and see what happens.
"Looking at it realistically we were just too inconsistent throughout the season, one week we're running hot and the next we're running flat."
The other two matches in the penultimate round this weekend sees Brushgrove taking on Maclean United at Yamba Oval while Wanderers and Yamba do battle at Iluka Oval.