Tiger stalks shield decider for finale
By AARON KELLY
CRUISING down the Bruce Highway this week, veteran CQU Tigers batsman Robin Adams rattles off the memories of his team's last premiership success just like it was yesterday.
"We last won it in 1992 ? I opened the batting with a bloke called Stevie Munster,'' Adams, known by his teammates as Griz, recalls.
As we continue to talk cricket, it's as clear as a Ricky Ponting pull shot over the fence that winning this weekend's Rockhampton Cricket Association 2005-06 Southern Star Sports Shield decider against Frenchville would be the "ultimate swansong'' for Griz.
Playing in his final season in the top-grade, the 34-year-old said "mateship'' had been the driving force behind the Tigers' premiership assault this season.
"I've played in the same team as Jon Harris, Steve McDonald, James Parr, Carl Carter and Eddie Doherty for the past 14 seasons and to be able to win with these types of blokes would be magnificent,'' he said.
"If we're going to do it, this is the year.''
The minor premiers will need to break a "grand final hoodoo'' to deliver a long overdue premiership after losing their past four grand final appearances.
"There's no secret that in all of those we haven't scored enough runs,'' Adams said.
"The key in any final is to get the runs on the board and Frenchville proved that last weekend.''
It's been a long time between drinks for both sides ? Frenchville has not won in 10 years ? and Griz can't wait for a victory beer at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds tomorrow. "It will be absolutely delicious.''
Frenchville captain Todd Wells has never won a premiership in his seven years with the club's A grade side.
"Everyone's a little bit nervous, but we just have to take it as another game,'' Wells said.
Play starts at 10.30am today and tomorrow.