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If stats ring true, this one could be a run-feast

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December 08, 2017

Katandra captain Jedd Wright in action.

Jedd Wright is adamant his Katandra side can get back to winning ways in the Haisman Shield.

The Eagles lost in round seven, had a washout last round against Kyabram and face the tough task of travelling to face an unpredictable Mooroopna side.

‘‘They are a better side than what their position shows at the moment,’’ Wright said.

The Cats sit in sixth position and win or lose they will remain in a finals position, but coach Paul Marshall was confident his side could knock off anyone on their day.

‘‘I’ll back our boys to get the job done on any occasion and this round will be no different,’’ Marshall said.

‘‘They are a good side, they are a balanced outfit, but I feel if we manage to hit our targets, we will be well within a chance of winning.’’

Will Hale will pose the biggest threat to the Eagles with opening batsmen leading all comers this season.

The Englishman has smashed two 50s and two 100s in eight innings.

‘‘He is a talented batsman and it will be our job to try and get him out as early as possible,’’ Wright said.

‘‘Our objective is to attack, we have to try and get them out early, don’t allow any rhythm and then target the other end with the ball.’’

Marshall (184 runs) is Mooroopna’s second most prolific batsmen this season, while the Eagles have Wright (256), Ben Clurey (238), Andrew Riordan (235) and Luke Nolan (210) inside the top 10 for most runs scored.

As a result, the Eagles find themselves in a battle between the competition’s two highest scoring teams.

‘‘We have been pretty consistent with both the bat and ball this season and that I think has come back down to our coaching,’’ Wright said.

‘‘We have had a good pre-season, the boys know there is still a lot of work left to be done and I think last year’s (grand final) loss has given us a little bit of experience.’’

Should results fall in the Eagles’ favour during round nine, they will then become outright competition leaders ahead of Central Park-St Brendan’s and Numurkah, while Mooroopna could jump to as high as fourth with victory.

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