GOTTIM: The Emerald Magpies and the Blackwater Bilbies in their Round 14 clash. This weekend's games mark the last round of competition before play turns to finals.
GOTTIM: The Emerald Magpies and the Blackwater Bilbies in their Round 14 clash. This weekend's games mark the last round of competition before play turns to finals. Terry Hill

Playing for four on trot

CRICKET: IN the last round of competition before finals, the fight for minor premiers will be played out on the pitch this weekend.

With the Brothers and Rolleston separated by a few points, Brother's Chris O'Shea said whoever won its game would claim the minor premier title.

"We've got to win to be minor premiers, if we lose then Rolleston will be,” he said.

"And if we beat Springsure then we'll play Rolleston in Emerald next week.

"We have a turf wicket while the majority play on concrete which gives us a huge advantage for us as we play half the games there each year.

"We won minor premiers and premiers last year so hoping for the same luck, we are aiming for four on the trot.”

This season has seen the comeback of the Blackwater Bilibies who sit in the top four.

"Clermont has traditionally been a stronghold but they won't make the finals for the first time in 15 years,” O'Shea said.

"All credit to Blackwater, two to three years ago they were the bottom dwellers but they're in the top four.

"It's a very even competition, the top three teams are very close and it's just a matter of players standing up and delivering on the day.”

Blackwater play Rolleston at home, the Brothers head to Springsure while Clermont and the Magpies play each other in Clermont.


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