Echuca aim for GMC premiership

By Brayden May

ECHUCA'S women's cricket team are just 40 overs away from a premiership.

The Goulburn Murray Cricket women's minor premiers will enter Sunday's grand final at Victoria Park against Leitchville-Gunbower as red hot favourites.

The two sides have already faced off four times this season, with Echuca having won two matches and, Leitchy-Gunny one while a tie occurred in round two.

But despite his side's favouritism, Echuca coach Jon Varcoe said finals were a completely different ball game.

“We've got to prepare well and bring our best if we are going to win this game,” he said.

“As a team, we've got a lot of respect for Leitchville-Gunbower because they've been a tough match-up all season.

“But if we turn up with the right attitude I think we've got the ability to get the job done.

“Although, T20 cricket can turn in a matter of moments which is what we've said throughout the year.”

All season Varcoe has delivered a consistent message on what he wants to see from his players with both and ball.

And he said he won't be changing anything this weekend.

“I want to see our girls energetic in the field and putting the opposition batter under consistent pressure,” Varcoe said.

“But that's going to come from bowling a tight line and length, which should help to reduce our extras. If we can do that it will go a long way to helping us win the game.

“With the bat, building strong partnerships is going to be the key - a couple of big scores from our top order would be very nice.

“We are going to need an even contribution from everyone.”

Some would suggest Echuca has the edge over Leitchy-Gunny with home field advantage, but it is talk Varcoe refuses to buy into.

“At the end of the day, both teams are playing on the same ground,” he said.

“Both sides are going to be faced with the same conditions when they show up on the day.

“Although it is a great opportunity for our supporters to come out and support the girls.”

The game will start at noon.