Hopes ebb in oval's puddles
BANTER at the Country Wests Panthers nets has centred around the one-off derby between the division one and two sides this weekend for some time now.
But odds are, once again, that the rain will have the final say.
Panthers division two captain Braden Krebs has not had much to smile about this season, with his side struggling to put two decent performances together.
Their one chance to save the season would have been this weekend, with a big win against their own top side.
“It doesn’t look good right now, does it?” Krebs said, while standing on a waterlogged Salter Oval.
“We were pretty keen for the game and have been talking up our chances, but we might be having another day on the beers at the club instead.”
The potential wash-out carries more weight for Across The Waves, who need a huge win against Brothers to have any chance of booking a finals berth.
After their shock loss last week to the Panthers, they sit nine points behind the pack.
Motivation is at an all-time low in the Waves ranks and this weekend’s likely wash-out has not helped their cause.
Even if the sun shines all day today and tomorrow, Salter Oval curator Paul Denning has rated chances of play at “one or two out of 10”.
He said they had two inches between Wednesday and Thursday, let alone the deluge on Monday and Tuesday.
“It will have to be really sunny and breezy, because all the grounds are just waterlogged at the moment,” he said.
“We are hardly able to get the roller out of the shed, let alone on the pitches.”
It has been a tough slog for the ground staff since Christmas, but Denning has seen it all before.
“If it rains non-stop there’s nothing much you can do about it.”