How the Maranoa’s cricket sides look in hunt for finals
THE Roma District Cricket Association season hits off again this weekend, with Colts taking on Injune in Roma on Saturday, Souths facing Railways in Roma on Sunday and Wallumbilla battling Leprechauns at home on the same day.
The competition promises some very good action, with many teams looking for momentum head of the finals in March.
INJUNE'S Ryan Allen is hopeful for a better start in 2016, but is realistic of his team's chances.
"We are not worrying anyone on the top of the ladder right now," he said.
"It's just about getting the strongest players on the field, Injune cricket is very strong normally.
"We have heaps of young players coming up, and we can beat lesser sides such as Colts."
Mr Alley said the future looked very bright,
"We have 20 blokes who want to play, it's just about getting the right players," he said.
SPUD Pearce of the Wallumbilla Herefords said he was hoping for the best, and his team will find good form in 2016.
"We have plenty of players, but we might struggle a bit with players away with school holidays," he said.
"This year is about trying to improve the little things; we have lost Joe Amery who was in good form, scoring 160 runs last season, and we are looking forward to getting onto the field and trying our hardest."
MITCHELL might be struggling to win right now, but skipper Chris Hughes said they were remaining positive for 2016.
"We still haven't won a match, we are looking for our first win to get some momentum," he said.
"We need to improve our batting and score more runs, and put a good team performance together."
SOUTHS captain Scott Hilton said the team is on track to completing a rare treble of premierships.
"We have had quite a good season, we have some good momentum coming into the new year," he said.
"We have always managed to win even with nine players on the field, but we can't be complacent.
"We need to sharpen our fielding to stand a chance in the final."
Hilton complimented the level of competition, saying his side had to always work for their wins.
"It's a very good competition, because any of the sides can upset the others," he said.
"Injune and Railways are both very good sides, we need to stay on top of our game."
ADAM Rummery, player and sponsor of Leprechauns, said 2015 had been a great season thanks to some impressive bowling lead by Lachlan Hoey.
"Neil Maclachlan always scores valuable runs and has been a stand-out player," he said.
"We have vastly improved this season.
"There is always room for improvement but we all like to catch up for a beer after the game."
IT'S been a while since Railways captain Ben Waldron felt the taste of success.
The wheels are back on track for Railways after being out of the competition for 12 years.
Waldron has led from the front with outstanding innings with the bat, having scored some valuable half centuries for the side.
"Overall the team has performed very well, we have a lot of young players coming through, and they're the key to our success and the future of the club," he said.
"Our next game is against Souths, it will be a very competitive match; both teams are very strong it just depends on the players available.
"I started playing with this club as a kid, and it's amazing to think we could be playing in a final after some many years out of the game."
MARK Brennan of Colts said the team is finding some good form leading into the finals.
"The boys have been playing very well, out last game against Wallumbilla we only lost by one wicket, we were very competitive," he said.
"[For] our game against Injune there will be heavy outfield, we are hoping to be competitive, and Lachlan Brennan has returned from playing cricket in Brisbane and will perform well.
"We need to bowl tighter lines, especially against a team like Injune, the boys need to concentrate on bowling a good line and length outside off stump."
PRESIDENT of the Roma and District Cricket Association Mark Street said with the second half of the season about to commence, most sides were looking to time their finals run well.
"Souths are looking to be the team to beat with no losses so far this season, with Wallumbilla and Railways coming closely behind with one loss each," Street said.
Roma also threw its hat into the representative ring again in 2015, with the rep side winning one of its three games against Charleville, Chinchilla and Dalby in the Knox Shield.
Street said it was a sign of growth for the sport in the Maranoa.
"This is the first time Roma has had a representative team for many years and we hope to continue this so that we can showcase the talent we have throughout the region," he said.
The Commonwealth Hotel Charity shield is coming up on January 23 and Street is calling for team nominations.
Team registration of $100 is required by January 10.
Email Mark Street at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Mark on 0417754342 for further information.