Bringing back the silverware
Bundaberg vice captain Travis Henke has declared that his band of young upstarts is ready to deliver the Goodchild Shield back to Bundaberg at Gympie this weekend.
The Country Wests batsman insists Bundaberg has shaken off the poor form that was evident in the opening two losses of this Shield campaign.
“We know we can win it. We just can’t afford to be complacent,” Henke said.
The Bundaberg team will be lacking a significant amount of star power when it arrives at Albert Park on Sunday.
There will be no David Boge, no Brendan Prossliner, no Adam Rayner and no Mat Fleming.
But Henke said that would make the entire team more accountable.
And that was a factor that was not evident in the Bundaberg team during the opening losses to Gympie and Kingaroy.
“It was our own stupid fault,” Henke said.
“We were just complacent and I think we thought we were going to win.”
After a horror loss in Kingaroy, Bundaberg turned around its fortunes against Fraser Coast in the last match before the final.
With young guns Zac Keune and Steve Nichols putting in big performances for Bundaberg, the side was able to score a victory over Fraser Coast.
“There was still a few concerns coming out of that game,” Henke said.
“Mainly that it came down to a good couple of individual performances rather than a team performance.
“We have to perform well as a team because you’re not always going to have a guy score a 100 and another guy take four wickets for basically nothing.
“Our fielding has to improve across the park.”
Murray Wenzel and Phil Proctor are the only new inclusions against Gympie and Brothers basher Jarrod Laycock will have his second match as captain.
“Gympie is a team that has improved a lot,” Henke said.
“They are a very good team and they’ve been playing well.”
Last time Bundaberg played Gympie was in the first game of the competition and Gympie won after captain Brendan Prossliner pulled out of the match on game day.
This week there will be no excuses as Bundaberg tries to bring home the Goodchild Shield.