Coro Cougars starting season with game against Hanwood in GDCA first grade

ON THE FRONT FOOT: Coro's captain Haydn Pascoe is hopeful his side has the ability to be right up there again this year. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo
ON THE FRONT FOOT: Coro's captain Haydn Pascoe is hopeful his side has the ability to be right up there again this year. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

After having the first round bye, Coro Club Cougars will look to get their season off to a strong start.

Looking back on Coro's start to last season they lost their first two games before securing their first win so they will be hoping to get off to a better start this season.

Coro has lost the services of a key component of the side over the last few years, but Haydn Pascoe was pleased they have been able to pick up a senior player after Yenda folded.

“Tom Valeri going to Diggers is a big loss,” he said.

“We have been able to pick up Andrew Potter from Yenda, so that is a good result.”

Coro has been one of the forms sides in recent years have played in both the one-day and two-day final last season where they fell to Leagues, and Pascoe is hopeful the side will be able to be around their again.

“If we can do the basics well we should be alright,” he said.

“We have a largely similar side to last year, so I think we should be right up their again.”

They will be taking on Hanwood at Hanwood Oval on Saturday, and Pascoe knows it has the potential to be a tough test.

“They will come out looking to bounce back from last week,” he said.

“They have a few good players who can take the game away from us.

“We know that we won’t be taking them lightly.”

In their meetings last year Coro held the clear advantage winning the three meetings between the sides.

Hanwood is coming into the game off the back of a seven-wicket loss to Diggers in the first round but were without captain Dean Catanzariti.

In the other first grade game, this week Diggers will take on Exies at Exies No. 1.

Exies made a strong start against to their game against Leagues but once wickets started to fall they were unable to continue the momentum built by Phil Burge and Jamie Winkler.

Exies set a total of 118 which was reached by Leagues with four wickets in hand.

In the head-to-head record between the two sides saw Exies take all three of the meetings last season so they will go in looking to continue their good run over Diggers.

Both games will get underway at 1pm on Saturday.