Stage set for big Cats fight

November 24, 2017

Central Park-St Brendan’s coach Andrew Cowen will line-up against his former Mooroopna team for the first time tomorrow.

One of the richest Cricket Shepparton rivalries has an added twist this season.

Central Park-St Brendan’s coach Andrew Cowen will face his former Mooroopna team for the first time tomorrow, but does not expect his switch to add much to the game’s atmosphere.

‘‘There should be some feeling in it, but all games between the two clubs have feeling in them,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t think the current circumstances will change anything, it’s always a good contest.’’

The match also marks the beginning of the Haisman Shield’s two-day clashes, with the Tigers keen to transfer their white ball form — which has led them into Sunday’s final at Katandra — into the longer format.

‘‘I think it’s good the way the fixture has worked out, you put all of your focus into the one-day games and now you turn to the two-dayers,’’ Cowen said.

‘‘We talk about the evenness of the competition this year and we don’t expect this week to be any different.’’

Josh Larkin is unavailable for selection and will be missed at Deakin Reserve after last week’s heroics, where he took four wickets and hit 66 not out, but his side has already shown its massive depth this season with players stepping up well from the lower grades.

Meanwhile, Mooroopna will be looking to put an unfavourable result last week behind it when it takes on the Tigers.

‘‘Every game is a big game and we want to put our best foot forward,’’ Cats co-captain Paul Marshall said.

Will Hale failed to make a start for the first time this season when he was dismissed for one against Tatura, but Marshall feels his batsmen are suited more to the longer facet of the game.

‘‘We’re looking forward to having a little more time to get into the game,’’ he said.

‘‘Two-day cricket probably suits our game style a bit more, we bat quite deep.’’

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