Colts hard to beat in finals showdown

Sunshine Mitre 10 manager Robbo McInnes is looking forward to today’s final.
Sunshine Mitre 10 manager Robbo McInnes is looking forward to today’s final. Craig Warhurst

LOCAL cricket fans will be on the edge of their seats today when the barnstorming Colts take on the Harlequins in this weekend's Sunshine Mitre 10 Grand Final.

Colts are the side to beat, defeating the Harlequins in the one-day final earlier this year.

Coach of the Colts Greg "Scruffy" Waugh is confident in his side's abilities, saying the boys have really put in the hard yards this year.

"The team has trained harder than ever to dominate this season," he said.

"The boys are motivated to win and have trained twice this week in preparation for the match."

Scruffy believes fresh new players have added diversity to the squad, giving them a wide range of options in their strategies.

The Colts veteran has played for the team in more than 20 seasons before the transition to coaching.

After coaching the Gold for a number of years, the experienced Scruffy said he had a few surprises up his sleeve going into today's final.

"We have watched the Harlequins games all season and analysed their players. I'm confident we have the perfect game plan going in to today's match," he said.

"Our skipper Travis Chandler has led the team from the start this year and kudos must go to him."

Gympie Cricket treasurer Scott McIntosh said the final would be a tight battle.

"Both teams have the depth to go all the way and take the win," he said.

"The wicket is looking perfect heading into today's game letting both teams play to the best of their ability."

The Harlequins are, however, planning an upset in this weekend's final.

Captain Tim Kross said his team had never looked better heading into today's all-or-nothing game.

The Harlequins were unlucky to lose the one-day grand final earlier in the year, with a wet pitch and insufficient training influencing the outcome.

The team this time round would be ready, Kross said keen to put up a hard front for their opposition.

Gympie Cricket president Troy Rowlands said he urged all supporters get behind a team.

He reminds all Gympie cricket players that the award and trophy presentations will start on Sunday at the conclusion of the final.

The event will start about 4pm at Albert Park and players who haven't returned their perpetual trophies are asked to do so immediately.