Big guns still ones to beat, but Moama tipped to be a player

October 06, 2017

Rochester United celebrates Sean Williams winning run in last season's grand final win against Kyabram.

Last year’s Goulburn Murray Cricket season ended with a spectacular finale.

Sean Williams was the hero for Rochester United as he turned a dire final innings situation against Kyabram Fire Brigade into a stunning victory.

United is now aiming for a third consecutive GMC title, with Englishman Jordan Garrett entering the fold.

Rochester United and the Flames will again prove benchmark sides in the competition, but new chairman Jason Turner believes there will be one big improver in A-grade.

‘‘I reckon Moama will step up this year, I think they’ll be the ones to watch,’’ Turner said.

‘‘Obviously United and Kyabram Fire Brigade will be thereabouts again, but Moama has done a bit of recruiting and they might be the next team to make their way to the top.’’

Turner took over from Cam Kervin after serving as vice-chairman with Kyabram’s Justin Hooper stepping into the deputy job.

As chairman, Turner will oversee the implementation of a girls’ division, which, he said, was gathering plenty of momentum.

‘‘Like most comps we’re bringing in a girls’ cricket competition starting up through the end of October for five or six weeks,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been pretty positive this year, I think we’ve got six teams which isn’t too bad and they’re from all different clubs.’’

To begin this year’s season in A-grade, Moama will look to show its worth against Tongala, with reigning premier Rochester United beginning its campaign with an away match to Bamawm-Lockington United.

Stanhope hosts Echuca, Cooma takes on Rochester Tigers and Echuca South goes up against Kyabram Fire Brigade.

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