Muswellbrook under-14 and under-17 cricketers set for grand final showdowns after impressive season

GRAND FINAL: The under-14s are training hard ahead of their all important decider on Saturday.
GRAND FINAL: The under-14s are training hard ahead of their all important decider on Saturday.

THE future of cricket in Muswellbrook is looking incredibly strong with two junior sides set to make grand final appearances.

The under-14 and under-17 teams will both appear in the deciding fixture, following resilient and consistent seasons.

Despite there being just three outfits in the under-17's competition, Muswellbrook managed to finish first and will take huge confidence into the final match.

It has been a more difficult journey for the under-14s, as they finished third and have since battled their way into the last match day, knocking off both Scone sides in the process.

Coach Peter Cooper said it has been a special season and there had been an aura of anticipation around the club throughout the week.

“It’s a pretty good effort from the boys, most of them have never played in a grand final before so it’s a big event for them,” he explained.

“It’s been a pretty good atmosphere and the boys have been up a little bit, they've been down a bit throughout the season but we've got some good momentum leading into the most important game of the season.”

The proud coach said he knew there was something special about the side at the beginning of the campaign, and was aware they were capable of going deep into the season.

"Most of these boys I've coached and had a lot to do with for probably five or six years, and I've seen them develop to this stage," he said.

"In this side there's three boys who have been a regular in our senior club this year, co-captains Andrew Cooper and Cooper Gageler as well as young Jimmy Kane.

"They've all tasted senior cricket and had some success, which flows down into their junior cricket.

“And, not only do they perform better but the kids around them kind of lift as well, so it's a bit of a circle and it works out really well.”

The under-14s will take on the Scone Cavaliers at Boyd Oval on Saturday morning, while the 17s were scheduled to face Denman at Volunteer Park on Friday afternoon.

It's been a fantastic year for the youngsters and, with their immense skill and a bit of luck, hopefully they will do Muswellbrook proud and bring back some silverware.