Queanbeyan will play host to the John Gallop Cup final on Sunday when they take on Weston Creek Molonglo to duel it out for the first grade men’s one-day championship at Freebody Oval.
Play will commence at 11 am, with both squads and fans praying for blue skis in addition to good health after a frustrating season plagued by El Nino downpours and the ongoing complications of COVID-19.
In the lead up to the clash, the captain of Weston Creek Molonglo, John Rogers expressed his irritation with various cancellations but will lean on his experience for the final.
“I’ve hit so many balls in my life, I probably don’t need to have constant training and matches anymore and I’m very lucky to have that” said Rogers.
The finals have already treated fans to drama when the fourth-ranked Weston Creek Molonglo put on a batting masterclass, scoring 9/211, as they upset the minor premiers Tuggeranong in last week’s semifinal.
In only his second day after being cleared from the virus, Rogers guided his team to victory at Chisholm Oval last weekend with an unbeaten 87*.
Currently ranked fourth in batting, Rogers will look to continue his form backed by his “full strength” squad.
Equally putting on a clinic in their semifinal, except with ball in hand, the second seed Queanbeyan showed why they belong in the final showdown when they made light work of Ginninderra, bowling them out for 79 in the other semifinal.
Jordan Hedington, one of the feature middle-order batsmen for Queanbeyan spoke about the playing group’s preparation leading up to the match.
“All the boys are pretty excited, it’s a big day for the club.. Everyone pulled up well and training last night was red hot” said Hedington.
When asked about the keys to defeating Weston Creek, Hedington jokingly revealed “have John Rogers face as little balls as possible” before providing an insight into the teams’ mindset.
“Compete, that’s been a big word for us all year, there is plenty of fight, plenty of endeavour, so if we just start well and stay in the contest then we’ll give us a good chance,” said Hedington.
Both Hedington and Rogers praised the consistency of each other’s clubs through their ability to retain strong core players, elevate younger talent and regularly make finals each season.
From a birds-eye view, Queanbeyan has the home-field advantage, a strong bowling attack that will look to make scoring difficult and the pedigree of winning finals.
On the other side of the coin, the red-hot Weston Creek Molonglo isn’t fazed by being an underdog and will trust their batting will set a commanding tone that cannot be matched.
The game can be streamed live via Cricket ACT Match Centre - https://matchcentre.cricketact.com.au/matches/