Emerald Magpies going in beak first
EMERALD Magpies are looking to make a flying attack on the competition in their attempt to avenge the grand final defeat to cross-town rivals Emerald Brothers.
They begin their campaign against the Blackwater Bilbies at Bellert Oval this Saturday and captain Reggie Parker knows his side is ready to rumble.
"We have a really solid batting line-up and I rate our bowling attack highly, but it's our fielding that we need to improve on," Parker said.
"Our catching, or lack of, always seems to let us down. So we will be putting time in training to that aspect as it's the number one thing we have to focus on.
"Obviously finishing runners-up last year was a massive effort for the club and this year we have two grade players from Brisbane joining us.
"One batter and one bowler, so hopefully they can help us go one better this season."
Magpies won both of their regular season matches against the Bilbies last term but Parker is wary of going in over-confident.
"The two times we played them last year we won convincingly but that matters little going into a new season," he said.
"They are a real team to watch out for, as on their day they can beat the top sides.
"Opener Stuart Harris is a great player and when he gets going he can really pile on the runs.
"They have the home ground advantage which will boost them as well."
The Bilbies are coming off a strong performance against Clermont where they won by six wickets and will be on a high, ready to face the determined Magpies.
The match begins at midday this Saturday.
Round 2 matches
>>Blackwater Bilbies vs Emerald Magpies at Bellert Oval
>>Clermont Bulls vs Emerald Brothers at Clermont Sports Oval
>>Springsure Ringers vs Dysart Dingos at Bauhinia Park