Haisman Shield preview - Old Students vs Mooroopna

By Liam Nash

A Haisman Shield bout of the highest order will take shape at Congupna Recreation Reserve tomorrow, with Old Students set to take on Mooroopna in a mid-table manifestation sure to please cricketing fans.

Students head into the fixture with a strong four-wicket win beneath their belt, while Mooroopna will look to remedy its form following a collapse at the hands of Katandra.

Acknowledging a team is often at its most dangerous after a loss, Students coach Chris Earl has refused to entertain the idea that the Cats won’t offer up a challenge.

“Mooroopna will be a tough game, they are a quality team,” Earl said.

“We will have to execute the three facets of the game well to get a win, batting, bowling and fielding.

“In saying that, we are a team who never say die, so I will always back our blokes in that regard.”

Students faithful watched on in delight as Callan McCabe exposed the cork on the cricket ball last week, his unbeaten 91 at Waaia Recreation Reserve elevating the bladesman to fourth on the A-grade run-scoring charts.

While Students will look to the man in-form to conjure some magic, Earl hopes to see some support from the surrounding batsmen to post a strong total against Mooroopna — a side that has conceded the second least amount of runs in the one-day competition despite sitting in fifth on the ladder.

“Callan done a great job last week, but we want as many people to be making runs as possible,” he said.

While his side remains outside finals contention, Students’ resident headmaster places consistent performance above all else, and will be challenging his troops to take on each game as it comes.

“At the moment it's all about playing the best cricket we can,” Earl said.

“If we put in the best effort we can, I believe the results will take care of themselves.”