Optimism rules for MBah despite losses

FRONT FOOT: Ballina Bears batsman Lee Pittavino will be confident of plundering more runs when his side takes on struggling Murwillumbah in the latest round of LJ Hooker League action.
FRONT FOOT: Ballina Bears batsman Lee Pittavino will be confident of plundering more runs when his side takes on struggling Murwillumbah in the latest round of LJ Hooker League action. Jerad Williams

STEVE Twohill says it is a case of "slowly, slowly" for his struggling

Murwillumbah side as it aims to improve its LJ Hooker League fortunes.

Twohill's side has lost its opening two matches outright this season and faces another daunting task when it travels to Fripp Oval this Saturday to take on the Ballina Bears.

The clash with the unbeaten Bears promises to be another prospect for the visitors, who have struggled so far after returning to first-grade competition after a year's absence.

Club president and captain Twohill conceded it had been a struggle for his team so far, but said optimism among his troops remained high.

"That is something we have talked about," he said.

"The guys are still upbeat and we have to keep working together and keep our spirits up.

"We have set ourselves small goals like trying to focus on each session, rather than looking at the end result.

"We have a good mix of younger and older guys and I guess it's about trying to grow the club."

After returning to the competition this season, Twohill's side has had precious little to shout about so far.

The club already faces a tough task to achieve success this year after comprehensive losses against Byron Bay and Cudgen.

With a top score of 135 from his team's four innings so far, Twohill knows where things have to improve

"We need to get more runs on the board," he said.

"The bowling has been okay, but we need to get more runs on the board.

"If we can bat and then have something to defend, we can put pressure on other teams."

The club was badly hit with players leaving last year, while others are unavailable due to work commitments.

Despite his club's ongoing struggles, Twohill is confident brighter times are ahead.

"We are back in the rebuilding phase," he said.

"If we can grind out this year and get those players back, we are still reasonably positive for the future.

"As president, I am trying to introduce a structure and build on the juniors from the base up.

"We just need to keep positive and keep going."

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