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Heart broken no longer

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March 19, 2018

All mine: Katandra captain Jedd Wright with his side's newly-won Haisman Shield.

Katandra captain Jedd Wright knows all too well what it takes to win a Haisman Shield premiership.

After the heartbreak of last season’s defeat to Old Students, the Eagles bounced back within the space of 12 months to secure their place in Cricket Shepparton history.

But Wright does not think his side did many — if any — things differently this year from last season.

‘‘It’s great, we did it the hard way but they don’t hand flags out, they’re nearly impossible to win and it’s good to be on the other side of the fence this year,’’ he said.

‘‘Performance-wise, (we did) stuff all (different) really.

‘‘You’re going to need a little bit of luck, but this year we were a really tight group and we’ve got such great support on and off the field and it’s held us in good stead since last year I think.’’

The Eagles claimed the one-day flag and played off in the Twenty20 decider as well this campaign, and will look to continue their rich vein of form next season — even if Wright himself is considering hanging up the spikes.

‘‘We’re still relatively young, it will probably be it for a couple of us, maybe myself as well, but we’re tracking well and I think there’s no reason why you can’t sustain success,’’ he said.

Against Numurkah at Deakin Reserve it was the evenness of his side’s contributions that Wright felt gave it the edge needed to secure success.

‘‘It was just so even and that’s how you win games, especially hard-fought games like this,’’ he said.

‘‘You need more than one or two to contribute if you’re going to be any chance of winning and to be fair at some stage everyone contributed something and that’s why we got across the line.’’

Rising star Brady Black stood out with the bat in Katandra’s first innings, and could be one to watch for the future as the Eagles look to create a dynasty of their own.

‘‘He’s all class,’’ Wright said.

‘‘He’s an A-grade cricketer, you know he could go to most clubs and bat three or four, so hopefully this gets him super keen for next year because I know he’s the future of the club.’’

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