Wangaratta Magpies taking giant strides towards first victory of season

SHINING LIGHT: Youngster Jarryd Wallace leads the way in the bowling department for Wangaratta with 11 wickets at 15.45.

SHINING LIGHT: Youngster Jarryd Wallace leads the way in the bowling department for Wangaratta with 11 wickets at 15.45.

Wangaratta’s first win in the A grade competition surely isn’t far away.

The Magpies had victory in their sights last weekend until rain intervened, requiring just 14 runs to defeat Ovens Valley United.

Captain Zac Guilfoyle admitted the result would have been just reward for the hard work put in by the players.

“I know we’re winless at the moment, but I couldn’t question everyone’s commitment, the guys are training three times a week,” Guilfoyle said.

“We’re probably not blessed with superstars, but we’ve got a lot of guys that want to learn and want to play A grade which is fantastic.

“In terms of how we measure our season, we know we’re probably not going to play finals, but we’re going to better prepare some of our homegrown cricketers for long careers.”

Guilfoyle will miss the clash with reigning premiers Beechworth on Saturday due to another commitment, but is confident of a good performance.

“We’ve played really good cricket in patches and been very competitive,” he said.

“It’s pretty unpredictable in a one-dayer, so if they can bat for the best part of 40 overs it will set us up nicely with a score we can defend.

“In the past we’ve proven we can defend low scores, so if we get to the 100-120 mark, I’m confident we can go out and defend it.”

In other games, City Colts host the out of sorts Ovens Valley United, Benalla Bushrangers will chase their first win of the season away to Rovers United-Bruck, leaders Yarrawonga-Mulwala take on Greta, while Delatite has the bye.