ONE side will look to continue its legacy, while the other will look to repeat history in Saturday’s South West Cricket division one grand final.
After 17 rounds, Mortlake and Terang finished in the top two positions and rightfully earned their place in the grand final after winning their respective semi-finals.
The Cats did it a little easier, winning by 67 runs, while Terang managed to see off reigning premiers Heytesbury Rebels with two wickets and one over remaining.
Mortlake is no stranger to grand finals or success, having won four of the past five flags and made five of the six past grand finals.
The last time Mortlake lost a grand final, it faced reigning premier Terang at Camperdown.
Six years on, those sides will again face off at the newly named S.A. Wright Oval with the winner to add to its trophy cabinet.
On that day, Jay Wynd made an equal team-high score of 38, while Tim Keane snared 5-37 and eight maidens off 22.2 overs, but in a bitter sweet moment, the man of the match was now Mortlake captain Todd Lamont who snared 6-50 and eight maidens off 23.1 overs and smashed a game-high 47 runs.
Unfortunately for Lamont, Terang prevailed by 27 runs, but as history would tell us, it was the beginning of an era for the Mortlake juggernaut with the Cats winning the next four flags and Terang being starved of a grand final – until now.
As many as eight players that played in that match could line up for their respective sides on the weekend, with Tim Keane remarkably also playing in the 2006/07 flags four years prior to that.
Lamont said his team was feeling good heading into the grand final.
“It’s probably just the same as every time we’ve made it – just excitement and reward for effort during the year,” he said.
Mortlake had been the superior team for most of the season, until its roadblock in the final month saw the Cats lose three of the last four matches heading into finals.
“We always knew we had the ability,” he said.
“There were concerns… you never want to lose, but the way we were playing was more concerning, we just took the foot off the pedal.
“The last two weeks were excellent so we certainly turned a corner then.”
Lamont said the Cats were likely to have a full list to pick from with Lachie Wareham potentially available to return, while cousin Georgia could add an extra spin option – if selected.
But the Mortlake captain said it would come down to the match committee’s thoughts on what would be required to defeat Terang.
“It’s definitely an option (bringing two spinners in),” he said.
“We felt the way Noorat lined up we didn’t need a second spinner, but we have to assess Terang’s batting line-up and how they play against spin.
“I’m glad we didn’t take two spinners in.
“With the weather conditions we wouldn’t have used two spinners so it was a good decision in the end.”
Terang captain Brett Hunger said the team was inspired and enthusiastic about what it could achieve on Saturday.
“We’re very excited,” he said.
“It’s been a long time since we played in a grand final.
“There might be three to four in the grand final that might have played in the one six years ago.
“To take a new group and a younger group into the grand final is exciting.”
Hunger said the recent celebration of the 10-year reunion had provided a bit of extra motivation for the players, this season.
In the head-to-heads, both Mortlake and Terang claimed a victory.