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Tim hopeful gang can spin wheels in positive direction

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November 10, 2017

Tatura captain Tim Kelly hopes his charges can turn around their season form tomorrow, but they have a tough task against a dominant Katandra outfit.

Tatura captain Tim Kelly is hoping the wheel is about to turn for his side.

Kelly’s men have been in every Haisman Shield game this season, but have just one win to show for their troubles.

After being in the game and then losing against perennial Cricket Shepparton powerhouse Central Park-St Brendan’s last week, Tatura faces another mammoth task tomorrow.

Ladder leader Katandra makes the trip over to Howley Oval, with the Eagles having won 14 of their past 15 games dating back to last November.

‘‘They’re (Katandra) the best team in the comp at the moment, so it’s a massive challenge for us,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘We’re going to be have to be good in all areas of the game and we’ll have to play our best game of the season if we’re going to win.’’

Kelly said he was hoping it was just a matter of it clicking for his side and then getting on a roll.

‘‘It’s a million dollar question at the moment, it’s been a continual pattern for us this year, we’ve just got to win those close games,’’ Kelly said.

Veteran batsman Peter Watt peeled off a sparkling century in B-grade last Saturday, but he has pulled up sore and is not in contention for a Haisman Shield comeback.

‘‘We did ask him (Watt), but he hasn’t trained this week after pulling up a bit sore,’’ Kelly said.

Tatura’s B-grade is undefeated on top of the Clyde Young Shield ladder, meaning there will be players in that team putting pressure on to earn a call-up.

It is a similar story out at Katandra with its lower grades, with the Eagles having only lost one game this season in their three teams.

Katandra captain Jedd Wright said his players knew they had to keep performing or risk losing their spot in the team.

‘‘We’ll go in unchanged for this one, but the next few weeks there will be blokes in B-grade putting pressure on,’’ Wright said.

‘‘If you’re not making runs in A-grade you might get pushed out and the same with the ball. It’s a good situation to be in with all the teams creating that competitive drive.

‘‘Things are running well as a club, but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves because it’s a long season and blokes might start becoming unavailable in the next few weeks, but we’ll keep believing in ourselves and what we’re doing.’’

Katandra piled on the highest score of the season in a thumping win against Karramomus last week.

The Eagles, thanks to sensational centuries from Luke Nolan and Lightfoot medallist Andrew Riordan, went at more than a run-a-ball to smash 6-286 to set-up the 141-run victory.

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