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Cats won’t worry about rivals in pursuit of double chance

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February 17, 2017

‘‘The focus for us will be just on what we’re going to do, rather on the opposition,’’ says Mooroopna captain Andrew Cowen.

There is plenty on the line for Mooroopna and Northerners tomorrow.

A win would secure the Cats a double chance in the Haisman Shield finals, while the Jets are searching to complete a tough season on a high.

With the game played at the batting-friendly deck at Tallygaroopna, runs on the board will be the key.

‘‘The focus for us will be just on what we’re going to do, rather on the opposition,’’ Mooroopna captain Andrew Cowen said.

‘‘Like all sides, a lot will depend on how they go with their batting, but we’ve been able to restrict teams with our bowling in all formats since Christmas and we’ve got some good confidence from what we’ve been doing.’’

Mooroopna will have the same line-up as when it defeated Numurkah last week — the Cats’ eighth win of the season.

However, Sam O’Brien and Mark Kitto will only play a week each because of work commitments and a wedding.

Northerners’ season is virtually over, with a modern-day miracle the only way they could possibly end up in the top six.

Jets skipper Mitch Brett said it was important the team carried on from last week when it defeated Kyabram in a confidence-boosting display.

‘‘Our bowling was very good last week, but our batting still needs a lot of improvement,’’ Brett said.

‘‘We can’t be defending 190 all the time, so it’s important we bat our 80 overs and that always goes a long way towards winning the game.

‘‘To get a second win in a row to finish off would make it a lot better, so we need to play well here and pick up some momentum going into next season and hopefully pick up some players.’’

After making three straight grand finals since returning to A-grade in 2013 following a decade out, the Jets have dropped back this season.

A number of key players have left or are having time away from cricket, but Brett is hopeful there will be some comebacks next season.

He said the losses to Central Park-St Brendan’s in the deciders had hurt, but the club was better for the experience.

‘‘No-one, not even us, was expecting us to be in that position and be in three grand finals in a row,’’ Brett said.

‘‘But getting to the big one it would’ve been nice to get the win, but hopefully we’ll be back there and be lifting the shield up, rather than seeing another team do it.’’

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