Can the Combine break its Tatyoon hoodoo?

Tatyoon's Ash Maconachie and Swift/Great Western's Travis Nicholson will be key player's in this weekend's GCA A grade grand final. Picture digitally enhanced by PETER PICKERING
Tatyoon's Ash Maconachie and Swift/Great Western's Travis Nicholson will be key player's in this weekend's GCA A grade grand final. Picture digitally enhanced by PETER PICKERING

GCA - Can Swifts/Great Western break the Tatyoon hoodoo, or will the reigning premier add a third Grampians Cricket Association A grade title to its mantle at the conclusion of this weekend's grand final showdown?

Tomorrow will kick off three days of play, which is likely to be needed to determine a winner for the 2013/14 season. The match will see Tatyoon host the Combine in a battle of the top two teams of recent years.

Why the hoodoo? History of late suggests that Tatyoon has developed a winning culture over Swifts/Great Western.

This all started back in the 2011/12 decider when Tatyoon ended a three year premiership reign by the Combine and ever since Taty have held sway when these two teams clash including in the last two grand finals.

Form is on Tatyoon's side leading up to this year's 'big dance', but Swifts/Great Western can never be written off. The team showed this in last week's semi final.

Aradale produced an upset in the final match of the home and away season and disposed of the Combine in rather ruthless fashion in the end, but just seven days later the Combine hit back and completely outplayed Aradale in the cut throat semi final.

It will be this form the Combine will be looking to continue into tomorrow's grand final.

Tatyoon, after finishing on top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season, won its way through to the decider with a strong semi final win against Buangor.

The pressure will be on both batting line ups to perform with the ultimate glory on the line in this game.

Results with the ball throughout this year have shown both teams have more than adequate bowling attacks, but at times this season the batting line ups for Tatyoon and Swifts/Great Western have come under pressure.

After that semi final win Taty will again be looking to class batsman Jarrod Blandford, openers Andrew McDougall and Matt Moore, Lachlan Laidlaw, captain Ash Maconachie and all-rounder Tim McDougall to make a stand against the Combine bowlers.

Left-arm paceman Jamie Bach presents the biggest problem for the Tatyoon batsmen and he will be supported by fellow youngsters Jackson Dark and Tom Eckel, veteran Marc Brilliant and spinner Tom McCord.

Swifts/Great Western captain and the competition's leading run scorer this season, Travis Nicholson has been a little off of late, so the Combine will be hoping he is back in the runs this weekend.

The Combine will also be relying on a good start from openers Sam Cocks and James Devery and back up from Jackson Dark, Rick Peters, Nick Clough and Gary Ranton.

Taytoon's front line bowlers, Tim McDougall, Jake Williamson, who has brought about the demise of the Combine batsmen on previous occasions, Andrew McDougall, Michael Harris and off spinner Matt Harris must keep the Combine batsmen in check to prevent them setting up a big first innings score.

Grand finals can present many twists and turns and this one will be no exception.

In B grade the in-form, Chalambar will clash with Navarre in the grand final.

The young Navarre line up face a huge task taking on the B grade's best performers, led by Grant LePoidevin who has stood out with both the bat and the ball this season.

C grade grand finalists Aradale and Rhymney/Moyston will line up in the best of three one day encounters over the weekend with Aradale boasting a blend of youth and experience going into the clash as premiership favourites.

Grand finals:

A grade

Tatyoon v Swifts/Great Western (Tatyoon) - P Harris, T McKinnis

B grade

Chalambar v Navarre (Richardson Oval) - S Hayter, D Hey

C grade

Aradale v Rhymney/Moyston (Gordon Street) - A Farish


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