Gympie Gold wants to end dynasty of Caboolture
CRICKET: After falling to Caboolture at the final hurdle for the past two years, "third time lucky" may be the call from Gympie as the sides meet again in the Sunshine Coast division one grand final.
But it won't be luck that's needed to get their first title.
What will do the job for the Gold is determination at the crease, building the big total needed to set the Snakes a challenge.
"You play all year for this one game and to get there is awesome. But we don't want to rest on that," Gympie captain Kaden Dickfos said.
"We want to make sure we compete and give ourselves every chance to win.
"(And) that (batting) is where we've struggled against them this season."
Too often the Gympie batsmen have sold their talents cheaply in trying to break down an attack that could be just as effectively chipped away at.
"We've been bowled out by them for a couple of low totals, which is pretty uncharacteristic for us," Dickfos said.
"We've scored mostly over 200 pretty comfortably against other teams but Caboolture seems to be able to take away from the way we play the game and get us out pretty easily."
Gympie hopes to rectify that this time around.
Dickfos said some of that pressure would rest on the shoulders of Josh Brady, who had been scoring big numbers since Christmas. "We have the team to win," he said.
"We've come up with a few different ways we think we can score some runs against them and hopefully it pays off. Patience is a big thing against them.
"They sort of wait for you to come to them and that's the way they set their fields so we know we've got to be a bit more patient."
Dickfos said it would be a bonus to play on neutral ground and that during his days as a Sunshine Coast Scorcher, the Maroochydore wicket was generally friendly but would flatten throughout the day.
Caboolture has built up its dynasty, now approaching five premierships, through discipline in bowling and fielding, applying pressure to an opposing line-up that is often unrelenting.
Unbeaten in 24 rounds of this season, the Snakes have rarely been embarrassed by opposition runs.
"We're probably better this year than the last couple of years," said Snakes skipper Cameron Garnham.
"Our discipline with the ball has been exceptional."
Their home track suits the flight and accuracy of Matt Anderson and Andy Schablon, plus the persistence of Matt Parkinson, Toby Millyard and Rhys Nickall.
At John Blanck Oval, the ball will not greet the bat with the pace Gold loves so the challengers need to adopt the long road to runs, as that's where the past two campaigns have faltered.
The grand final will be played across three days - today and tomorrow and continuing next Saturday.