HOMERS and Jung are excited to start their seasons after a washout in round one while familiar names return for the round two Horsham Saints and Blackheath-Dimboola encounters.
Homers co-captain Jarred Combe said missing the first week wasn’t ideal but his side was raring to go. His team will be hoping more mid-week rains will not impact its second round game.
“It was a bit of a strange situation last Saturday because it was perfect weather for cricket and the wicket was ready to go but a couple of wickets over the ground was underwater,” he said.
Homers will look to the likes of Adam Atwood, Craig Britten and Eddie Landwehr to take on more responsibility within the side this season.
“We’ve spoken about how we want some of the younger guys to play a bigger role,” Combe said. “It will be about playing positively when we are batting against the Saints and then restricting their key batsmen when we are in the field.”
After a positive start by Justtin Combe and captain Tony Caccaviello the Saints collapsed against Rup-Minyip and were unable to defend a low total. The all-round capabilities of Matt Combe and the experience of Gary Davidson should help shore up the side in the second round encounter.
Rup-Minyip will look to back up its first round win with another good performance against a Blackheath-Dimboola side that will be better for the return of Lachie Watts.
Chris Ross is also set to play his first game as his side travels to Minyip to take on the Blue Panthers.
Rup-Minyip captain Travis Hair will have been busy on the phone trying to cover for the unavailable Dan Schaper, Adam Carter and Corey Morgan.
Jung will be eager to get on the board early when it travels to Laharum. Tigers captain Tyler Neville said it was frustrating for his side to be washed out in round one.
“Heading out to play on Laharum’s hard wicket we are pretty confident of getting a game this week,” he said. “We don’t expect there will be many changes to the side we had named for the game against Homers.
“That consistency in our team is something that showed through with better results last season and we are hopeful to pull it all together in the same way this season.”
Neville said Laharum have a side full of potential match winners. “You know that on there day they can quickly take a game away from you,” he said. “We have to be wary of players like Josh Mahoney, Ben Peucker, Dan Griffiths and Damien Bunworth. George MacDuff is also very handy from all accounts, it’salways a bit of an unknown when a new player comes into the association.”