Two Haisman Shield fresh faces prepare for battle

By Tyler Maher

Two of the Haisman Shield’s fresh faces will do battle tomorrow, with early bragging rights on the line at Memorial Oval.

Euroa will be looking for a more consistent contribution across its 11 when it welcomes Cricket Shepparton newcomer Waaia to its home deck — which offered plenty for bat and ball last week.

The Magpies were right in the contest against the Northerners in their return to the A-grade ranks, but eventually fell to a two-wicket defeat by the end of the day.

‘‘We’ve just got to work on playing the whole 45 overs, we were in control for most of the match, but we let ourselves down in a couple of little patches and in A-grade you just can’t afford to do that,’’ Euroa president Lucas Paul said.

‘‘It will be interesting, don’t know anything about them (Waaia), but we wish them luck in their first Cricket Shepparton hit-out.

‘‘B-grade made plenty of runs last week (at home), so it looks in great shape.’’

Ben Harrison was the star with the bat for the Magpies with a knock of 60 against the Jets, while Andrew Crosbie (3-16) and Sean Hemeter (3-41) did plenty of damage with ball in hand.

For the Bombers, last week’s bye gave the side a chance to help celebrate captain Brayden Carey’s wedding.

The focus will now shift to starting their season in a new competition in the best possible fashion.

And, while Carey will not take to the field, the likes of Mitch Cleeland, Jordan Cleeland and Jesse Trower will step up in his place and try to take the game away from Euroa with bat and ball.

Aaron Shelton will also miss the clash due to other commitments.

‘‘Aaron shows prize roosters, so he won’t be playing this week,’’ Waaia coach Greg Meyland said.

‘‘(Tomorrow) is very exciting, we’re just going in with a blank canvas and that’s probably the most exciting part.

‘‘We had a reasonable side last year and just missed finals. There’s not a huge expectation this year, so it would be good to get a good start.

‘‘Hopefully we can make enough runs and try to defend them.

‘‘We’ve had great numbers at training and we’re looking forward to the challenge. Everyone probably expects us to be down the bottom, so we’re keen to prove them wrong.’’