CRCA CRICKET: Tucabia-Copmanhurst will be hoping to see the weatherman proven wrong this weekend when they take on Brothers in their Premier League preliminary final.
Finishing below Brothers on the table at the end of the regular season, Tucabia-Copmanhurst need a result against Brothers if they are to progress through to the grand final, however the forecast for wet conditions throughout the weekend has left vice captain Brayden Pardoe looking to the heavens.
"I hope the rain holds off, because if it gets washed out Brothers are straight through, there's no coming back next week for us,” he said.
"Everyone wants to play in a grand final so you've got to give it your best crack.
"A lot of it depends on the weather, and whoever is on top on the ladder gets the best advantage, so obviously with Brothers finishing second they're in the better position and if the rain comes through for them they make it through.”
This is the third year in a row that Tucabia-Copmanhurst have faced off against Brothers in the preliminary final, and history is on Tucabia-Copmanhurst's side, progressing through to the grand final in the last two years.
Pardoe said while the hoodoo has been in his side's favour, it's just another game he wants to win for him.
"We definitely can win, we've just got to turn up and get the runs of the board and get the wickets,” he said.
"That's been the biggest struggle for us, getting runs on the board. If we bat like we did last weekend, and everyone chips in with some runs we can definitely knock them off.”
Pardoe said he hoped this year would bring a change of fortune with the weather.
"Last year in the grand final we didn't get our way with the weather, so hopefully the luck will be on our side this year,” he said.
This match will be the first game back on Ellem Oval since late 2016, after a fungal infection caused damage to the pitch and outfield.
CRCA curator Tony 'Scull' Blanch said the pitch was marked up, rolled and ready to go, however at Lower Fisher there is a risk the Second Grade game between Westlawn and Tucabia-Copmanhurst will not be held if any more rain falls due to puddling on the bowlers run up.
In Third Grade, Coutts Crossing Blue take on Easts at Lower Fisher Synthetic.