WITH another two-day round of games reverting to a one-day fixture this Saturday due to the competition’s heat policy again forcing the abandonment of play last Saturday, it’s getting desperate for finals aspirants in Goulburn Murray Cricket — particularly Tongala.
After this Saturday (in doubt again due to another high temperature forecast), only two of the two-day matches remain before the finals start and only reigning premier Rochester United and second-placed Moama look secure in the top four at this stage.
That leaves Fire Brigade, Cooma and Tongala to fight for the other two spots.
Fifth-placed Tongala is currently a game behind third-placed Brigade and fourth positioned Cooma.
And if this Saturday’s play goes ahead it will face unbeaten Rochester United in a must-win game to stay in the finals hunt.
The Flames and Cooma both got a break on Tongala the previous Saturday when they were able to pull off wins before rain halted play in their games. But Tongala had to settle for split points in their match because a result wasn’t reached.
After this Saturday Tongala has winnable games against Stanhope and Rochester Tigers who are both out of finals reckoning.
But if beaten this Saturday — and Fire Brigade and Cooma win their games — the door to the finals will almost certainly be shut in Tongala’s face.
Cooma hosts Echuca and Fire Brigade tackles Rochester Tigers this Saturday in games they should both win.
In the final two home-and-away rounds Brigade meets Rochester United and Moama while Cooma has dates with Moama and Stanhope.
Providing they win this Saturday, another win in those final two rounds will seal a finals place for both sides and leave Tongala pondering what could have happened.
Ladder: 1 Rochester United 120 points; 2 Moama 90; 3 Kyabram Fire Brigade 84; 4 Cooma 84; 5 Tongala 78; 6 Echuca 48; 7 Rochester Tigers 48; 8 Stanhope 30; 9 Bamawm-Lockington United 12; 10 Echuca South 6.
■ CRICKET Shepparton games were also called off last Saturday due to the heat and will revert to one-day fixtures this Saturday.
Kyabram can seal a spot in the finals this Saturday when it travels to take on Karramomus who won’t play finals.
In the final two rounds Kyabram meets Northerners, who will play finals and Tatura, who could still make the finals, so this Saturday’s showdown is vital for Alec Young’s boys.
Ladder: 1 Numurkah 48; 2 Katandra 48; 3 Central Park/St Brendans 42; 4 Kyabram 36; 5 Northerners 33; 6 Mooroopna 27; 7 Tatura 21; 8 Karramomus 18; 9 Shepparton United 15; 10 Old Students 12.
- Gus Underwood