Baker boys out to flog arch rivals
TERRANORA is yet to beat Tintenbar-East Ballina in three years of L.J. Hooker League stoushes, but if the Lakes boys want to remain in the hunt for a top-four finish they’re going to have to make amends at Kingsford Smith South this afternoon.
“We don’t just want to beat them, we want to flog them,” captain Leigh Baker said.
The hosts lie one point and two places ahead of Terranora in sixth spot, making this a 14-point game for Terranora in an epic seven-club race for fourth.
Baker’s boys kept their hopes alive with a massive upset over Casino last round (10) to lie in ninth, nine points adrift of fourth-placed Marist Brothers, with Alstonville, South Tweed, Tintenbar and Southern Districts filling fifth to eighth respectively.
But it is the win last week that the skipper believes has set his men up for a grand slam finish.
“We haven’t lost yet this year – since the mid-season break,” Baker said.
“Confidence is high in the boys and we are a completely different side.
“We’ve been enjoying it, you know, having a laugh out there, and it really is noticeable.
“They thumped us down there in our first year, then just pipped us last year, but we’re looking to turn it around and keep our season alive for another round.
“We’ve got our confidence boost last game, and young kids like (bowlers) Dylan Masters and Corey McMahon can do anything when confident.
“They’ve got a couple of old heads in Brett Crawford and Phil Dalli who will look to see off the new ball, so it will be up to myself and the young guys to get into them early and get them out of there.”
Should Terranora prevail, it could climb as high as fifth on the ladder with a first innings, or directly into the four with an outright win, depending on other results. But just as valuable is eliminating one more team out of the race. Action begins at 1pm.