Griffith taking on Leeton in Creet Cup

Griffith will be looking to keep the Creet Cup this weekend when they take on local rivals Leeton at Exies No 1 on Sunday.

The competition itself has been revamped in an attempt to increase interest with it becoming a challenge trophy similar to the structure of O’Farrell Cup.

It comes after the smaller sides from around the area had difficulties naming sides throughout the competition last year including Griffith who had to forfeit their first game last season due to players not being available. 

Leeton captain Nathan Carn feels the change was the right direction to take the competition.

“Lots of towns around us were sort of struggling to get teams together,” he said.

“I think it will be a strong competition with sides only having to filed teams every now and then.”

Griffith will be without the service of Haydn Pascoe who is away at Riverina Representative Trials this weekend which will add to the difficulty of playing a Leeton side which will be stronger than the side who played in the Murrumbidgee Big Bash recently.

Griffith made a strong start to the representative season picking up the inaugural Big Bash competition with a 48-run win over West Wyalong and will look to carry that momentum into the first challenge of the season.

KEY MISSING: Regular Griffith captain Haydn Pascoe will miss this weekend due to representative trials for Riverina. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

KEY MISSING: Regular Griffith captain Haydn Pascoe will miss this weekend due to representative trials for Riverina. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

Carn said he was looking forward to making the trip across to try and take the Cup back.

“It is a good chance for us,” he said.

“With it now being a challenge cup hopefully we can go over there get the win and hold onto it for a while.”

In the final last season, Griffith was dominated Leeton where they were able to bowl the hosts out for 65, and they wasted no time chasing down the small total in just 9.4 overs.

Carn was hopeful the changes to the side would hold them in a good position heading into the weekend.

“The side is looking really strong with the year 12 guys back in the side,” he said.

“The key for us will be limiting the runs with our bowling attack.”

While the Griffith side looks to be without captain Haydn Pascoe, Carn knows they possess dangers in Reece and Logan Matheson as well as the in-form Jamie Winkler.