A -grade grand final venue to be decided
CRICKET: While BITS and The Glen have both qualified for the A-grade grand final some weeks ago in the Gladstone Cricket Incorporated competition, the venue has not.
BITS have finished the season as minor premier after narrow one-wicket and five-wicket wins against The Glen and Yaralla respectively.
Outgoing GCI secretary Tracey Slatter said the venue is likely to be hosted by the minor premier at BITS Oval on Sunday March 26, but it has not yet been confirmed.
"It could be either at BITS or at Clinton Oval,” Slatter said.
Either way the men from The Glen will not be phased as the club has been there and done that after their premiership win against Gladstone Brothers in 2015-16.
It has been ironic that BITS are in the decider because they are the club that has replaced Brothers in the A-grade competition.
And the Boyne Island mob have taken the opportunity with both hands.
"I really believe that the players should have more faith in themselves,” Slatter said of the early reluctance of BITS to play at the top level.
An impressive third place in the Cap Challenge comp meant BITS were in top spot as the points carried over into the GCI format in the new year.
BITS captain Lucas Hall said it has been a whole club effort to erase any doubts the players had initially.
"We as a club are club are pumped for the A-grade side to make the grand final because it hasn't been just the regular 11 to 14 players...it's been probably 25 people stepping up when we have been short,” Hall said.
"We had a goal at the start of the year to be competitive and earn a bit of respect and I think we have achieved that, but if we can take out the grand final, we know we have achieved that (respect).”
The skipper said some players will play in the lower grades to maintain form and touch because the A-grade side has the bye.
Meanwhile the junior finals are on with the under-17 semi-final on between BITS and Brothers from 5pm this Thursday.
They are all 30-over matches.
U17 - SEMI FINAL: this Thursday from 5pm at BITS Oval
Boyne Tannum vs Brothers
U17 FINAL: this Friday from 4pm at Yaralla
Yaralla (Minor premiers) vs winner of 2nd vs 3rd
U17 junior presentations will take place at Yaralla on completion of game
U12 FINAL: this Saturday 8am at Clinton 2
Bits Hurricanes (Minor Premiers) vs Bits Strikers
U14 FINAL: this Saturday 8am at Clinton 1
Bits Heat (Minor Premiers) vs Bits Sixers
U12 and U14 presentations will take place at Clinton on completion of games