THIS was a chance for parting words on grand final eve but Wendouree captain Heath Pyke and his opposing Napoleons-Sebastopol skipper Dan Davies said there was not much to say – at least nothing to say out in the open before Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts’ ultimate four-day showdown.
Pyke and Davies met one last time pre-rumble, for a pitch inspection and media session yesterday.
They are well-versed in this moment.
This is the third consecutive summer – the second for Davies – Wendouree and Naps-Sebas have fought for the coveted shield.
Wendouree is vying to etch its name in history as the first club to capture five-straight firsts titles.
Naps-Sebas is hoping to make its own history with the club’s firsts premiership in the firsts.
The BCA final returns to its traditional battleground at Eastern Oval after a year away for ground resurfacing.
Pyke approved Eastern Oval’s condition – the Red Caps carved up Mt Clear here in last week’s semis – and this weekend’s pitch.
“It was nice to play the grand final at Wendouree last year, but I’m not so sure Dan was so happy about that,” Pyke quipped.
“It’s always nice to play at Eastern Oval – it’s the best ground in Ballarat.”
Wendouree and Naps-
Sebas named unchanged line-ups on Thursday night for the clash.
“I guess the only thing to say is, may the best team win,” Davies said.