It was a famous win that has left Gunnedah’s Connolly Cup side with a “target” on their back, says the side’s skipper Blake Small, ahead of a competition-opener against Gwydir at Gunnedah on Sunday.
Gunnedah produced a stirring win to beat Pilliga in the final at Wolseley Oval in February, claiming the visitors’ last four wickets for two runs to rout them for 109, chasing 124 for victory.
Small, now in his fifth season at the helm of the side, said: “I think we were the underdogs last year … I don’t think anyone expected that [beating Pilliga in the final].”
“But, yeah, I think there will be a target on our back this year.”
The first season Small skippered the team, they finished last. Now imbued with a winning feeling, he said he would field a similar team to last season's outfit.
“This season we’re looking pretty good – nearly the same side as last year,” he said.
“This weekend we should be nearly full strength, with a couple of the younger first-graders coming down.”
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