Leagues and Coro fight for GDCA first grade one-day final place

BONUS POINT REQUIRED: Haydn Pascoe will lead Coro into their must win game against Leagues with hopes of making the one-day final. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo
BONUS POINT REQUIRED: Haydn Pascoe will lead Coro into their must win game against Leagues with hopes of making the one-day final. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

With the final round of the one-day games in GDCA first grade approaching on the weekend, there is still one place which is not quite settled.

Last year’s grand finalist, Leagues and Coro Cougars are separated by just nine points on the one-day ladder and will face off at West End Oval on Saturday afternoon to see who will meet Exies in the final.

Coro captain Haydn Pascoe is pleased with the way his side are looking heading into the finals deciding match.

“We should have pretty much the same side from last weekend,” he said.

“We were going to be missing a couple, but they have become available at the last minute which is good.”

Coro will be coming into the game with form behind them after a good batting performance last weekend against Diggers.

“We did really well considering how hot it was,” he said.

“To get 180 on the board was good for the boys and should give them confidence heading in the game on the weekend.”

Leagues will also be coming into the game with form behind them after they were able to pick up a bonus point win over Hanwood which saw them leap over Diggers.

The competition was robbed of a three-way battle with the Diggers side having the final round bye.

The nine-point gap means Coro will require a bonus point win to overtake Leagues and Pascoe knows it will be a challenge.

“No doubt we want to be apart of the one-day final,” he said.

“We just want to push them as hard as we can and try to pick up the extra point which would see us through.”

The two sides have split their meetings so far this season. Leagues took the round five limited overs encounter thanks to an all-round bowling effort while Logan Matheson led the charge with the bat as the Panthers were able to come away with a six-wicket win.

The timed game saw a reversal of fortunes as Coro’s Shane Hutchinson ripped through the Panthers batting line-up while young gun Dean Bennett started with the bat in his hand scoring 62 crucial runs as their side came away with an outright victory.

Umpire Appointments

Saturday: First Grade

1pm: Coro v Leagues at West End Oval: Peter Davis  &   Glen Bock

4.30pm: Exies v Hanwood at Exies 1: Garry Tucker &  Liam Warren

Sunday

O’Farrell Cup

Griffith v West Wyalong at Exies No 2: Gordon Browne  &  Peter Davis

Creet Cup

Griffith v Leeton at West End Oval: Richie Alvaro