Tigers are in pink

February 16, 2018

Ahead of Central Park-St Brendan's Pink Stumps Day, Darryl Butcher, Rhiley Lau and Helen McMillan try out some of the pink equipment.

With a home final on the line and the club getting behind a great cause, it will all be happening for Central Park-St Brendan’s tomorrow.

Deakin Reserve will be a sea of pink as the club hosts Karramomus, as well as its Pink Stumps Day raising money for the McGrath Foundation and its continued push for breast cancer awareness.

But on the field will be no dead rubber for the Tigers.

They sit third on the table, locked on 48 points with fourth-placed Kyabram.

The Redbacks travel to take on a Tatura side looking to lock up a finals berth, but Tigers coach Andrew Cowen said his boys were focused only on what was in front of them.

‘‘What we’ve been working towards is just getting our game in order, and not worrying a lot about our opposition,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re confident if we stick to what we can do, the results will take care of themselves, but obviously we’d love to have a home final.’’

The two-day game seems a massive opportunity for the Tigers to seal third position, against a Karramomus team with little to play for.

Skipper Jason Ibbotson said it would be nice to get the season over with — and even nicer if his side could get some positive experience in the process.

‘‘It will be good for our young blokes to get some exposure on Deakin Reserve because we don’t get to do that much,’’ he said.

‘‘We’d love to see some of our younger cricketers have decent games.

‘‘I think B-grade has been going well with a lot of 16-year-olds, and the future is bright if we can bring them through correctly and keep hold of them.

‘‘That’s the hardest thing to do in cricket, but in that 18 to 20 age bracket there is definitely some talent.’’

The Tigers pulled off a stirring win against Old Students last weekend, battling back from 6-157 to chase down the Students’ 8-250 with two wickets to spare.

It was a totally different story for the Bloods, bowled out for 176 and 9-128 at stumps after being forced to follow-on.

‘‘It was just disappointing to lose 19 wickets in a day, we scored freely, but lost wickets pretty freely too,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘We need to put a bit more value on our wickets, and if we can bowl to one side of the wicket we’ll see what happens.’’

The Pink Stumps Day festivities run from 3pm to 6pm in the Shepparton Football Club rooms, with the club’s theme ‘‘Bring Your Mum’’.

Tickets cost $10 with tables of 10 available and afternoon tea included.

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