YOUNG GUN: Jordan Newman is one of three first grade rookies in the Brothers Clocktower Hotel side who take on GI Hotel Tucabia Copmanhurst in the 2015/16 GDSC Premier League preliminary final at Ellem Oval from 12.30pm today and 10.30am tomorrow.
YOUNG GUN: Jordan Newman is one of three first grade rookies in the Brothers Clocktower Hotel side who take on GI Hotel Tucabia Copmanhurst in the 2015/16 GDSC Premier League preliminary final at Ellem Oval from 12.30pm today and 10.30am tomorrow. Debrah Novak

One year older and wiser in grand final bid

GDSC PREMIER LEAGUE: IT’S amazing how little can change in 12 months.

Last week’s GDSC Premier League semi-finals were composed of the same match ups as the previous year, and the results also repeated.

Indeed, even the Cleavers Night Cricket grand final was a repeat of 2015/16 between Coutts Crossing and Harwood. As the Coutts Crossing captain, I’d dearly love to tell you the result was reversed. But as the game was still an hour from starting at the time of writing, that announcement will have to wait.

Another captain hoping for a change of fortunes is Clocktower Hotel Brothers skipper Jake Kroehnert.

After losing to Harwood in last week’s major semi-final he finds himself facing GI Hotel Tucabia Copmanhurst in a preliminary final - yet again.

Last year Kroehnert scored 60 as his side posted 211. But it was chased down primarily by Tim Bultitude (81*), who sat out this season through injury, and the evergreen Matt Pigg (58), who will be due for some runs after being dismissed for one run in his side’s minor semi-final win over Coutts Crossing last week.

“It’s our second year in this situation so it’s not really new ground,” Kroehnert said. “We’ve been there before and pretty much just have to go and do the job now.

“Last year we were a bit green. Hopefully this year we know what we’ve got to do a bit better.”

Ball one is 12.30pm at Ellem Oval.



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