The 12th Man is back to give the best insight into what is happening in Great Southern cricket for the 2017/18 season.
Round one of Great Southern cricket kicks off this Saturday with the A grade, B1 grade and B2 grades all getting their seasons underway. Much interest will centre on the A grade competition with rumours floating around of some big names making a return to the association which, if true, will significantly bolster the strength of the clubs involved.
Encounter Bay play host to Noarlunga on the turf in a rematch of last year’s grand finalists and both teams will be keen to get off to a winning start.
Rumours floating around of some big names returning
Noarlunga look to have added to their depth from last season, while the Bays have traditionally struggled to get their best team on to the park early in the season, which should see the Shoes notch up their first win of the year.
Goolwa take on Willunga at Goolwa Oval and both sides would be disappointed with their exits from last year’s finals series. Goolwa have been around the mark the past few years and their side is building into something special and will be after the ultimate reward this season.
Willunga are rumoured to have some big names returning to what was already a strong list and there is sure to be plenty of spice involved when these two sides go head to head on Saturday in what will be a very interesting round one match up.
One of the biggest names venturing back into the Great Southern fold is former Bradman Medallist Simon Roberts and his inclusion in the side and in the association will be something to watch.
Port Elliot travel to Yankalilla to take on the Tigers and with both sides missing last year’s finals action they will be keen to get their season off to a winning start.
Yankalilla performed well in their first season back in A grade last year and once again the rumour mill is very strong in suggesting that the Tigers will welcome a big name back into their line up. Yank shook the competition up last season and will strive for a finals berth.
The final match of round one sees McLaren Districts take on Mount Compass at the Vale with these two sides also missing finals action last year.
McLaren will need to strengthen their batting from last year, but word is that they may have lost a vital cog in their batting line up, so it will be interesting to see who steps up so a decent total can get on the board.
McLaren are a proud club and since entering the association have been perennial finalist, but not last year. Can they bounce back?