Time for teams to turn up

The Riverine Herald - - GOLF - By An­drew John­ston

THE OPEN­ING batch of one day games has wrapped up in the Goul­burn Mur­ray Cricket.

Clubs now look ahead to the first of three two-day games that will take the league most of the way to Christ­mas.

And as this pe­riod be­gins, Moama have an­other big task ahead this week.

They sit in third po­si­tion on the GMC lad­der and will be look­ing to so­lid­ify that po­si­tion in the top four with an­other win.

To do that, they will have to knock off the reign­ing pre­miers.

A once un­en­vi­able task to take on the might of Fire Brigade, right now it seems less daunt­ing.

Kyabram finds it­self sit­ting out­side the top four af­ter back-to-back losses at the hands of Rochester and Cooma, and will be look­ing to use the first two day game of the sea­son to make a ma­jor state­ment to the com­pe­ti­tion that this was not go­ing to be the norm for the sea­son.

Moama barely broke a sweat against Echuca South in round five fol­low­ing a strong win against Echuca the week be­fore un­der lights at Vic Park.

A strong start for Moama to set up the win across the two day game will be a very clear state­ment that they are a top four side this sea­son.

Across the river, Echuca have the dif­fi­cult task of hold­ing back the sur­prise packet of the 2018/19 sea­son in BLU.

BLU have a new level of con­fi­dence this sea­son with Luke Deep­rose say­ing his team see them­selves dif­fer­ently this year.

‘‘We have been a mid­dle of the league team in the past and have prob­a­bly played de­fen­sively to stay in that po­si­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘We feel like we are a far bet­ter side this year. We have been at­tack­ing games, try­ing to get the wick­ets and win games that we feel we can and it’s hav­ing a mas­sive im­pact on the sea­son.’’

Echuca is in the top four, but have been harder to read than BLU.

Their tal­ent has seen them win games, in­clud­ing against qual­ity sides like Rochester, but losses to top place Ton­gala and lo­cal ri­val Moama raises ques­tions about their form against top qual­ity sides.

Echuca have the op­por­tu­nity to make a state­ment with a vic­tory, but BLU look the likely vic­tor.

Round­ing out the lo­cal clubs, Echuca South takes on Rochester at home.

Rochester should be the win­ners in this match as well.

Luke He­mer.

IN FULL STRIDE: cricket. Ton­gala’s Jamie Garde bowls against Echuca in last week’s round of GMC A grade Photo:

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