THE scenario is simple for Grampians today if it hopes to play in this season’s HDCA Harvey Norman B grade one-day final … it must defeat Coleraine at Turnbull St or it will fall too far behind Tahara and St Andrew’s to make up the ground next week.
The Blue Caps and Drews already hold a handy advantage over the Pumas with two rounds of the one-day games to play, and Grampians simply have to win both games and hope that at least St Andrew’s slips up either today or next week.
If that is not incentive enough for Grampians, a loss today would not only rule the Pumas out of the one-day picture, but would allow the Maroons to leapfrog it into third spot on the premiership ladder.
It won’t be a walk in the park either for Grampians.
While Coleraine has been down in strength on previous seasons, it gave a little reminder of what it can do when with Josh Lewis, Alan Spring and Sam Brody back in the line-up, the Maroons crushed St Mary’s by 108 runs, and the score is one-all between the sides this season, with Coleraine producing the only outright of the competition so far when they met at this venue back in October.
A lot will depend on team selections in this match as neither team has exactly had a settled team, with Coleraine using 20 players dependant on their availability and Grampians using a whopping 28 via a thorough rotation plan through its grades.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, January 18, 2014