Defeat the wake-up call the Lions had to have: Ravenna

Brad Ravenna bowls to Al Edis.
Brad Ravenna bowls to Al Edis.

CULCAIRN star Brad Ravenna says last week’s loss to Holbrook was a timely wake up call on the eve of finals.

The ladder leader was unbeaten this season until last week when the Brookers caused a major upset with a 21-run victory.

Finals get under way in the Holbrook and District Association today and Ravenna said Culcairn was hellbent on revenge.

“It just showed us that you’ve got to be on your game,” Ravenna said.

“I think it was a good thing, losing.

“It was a bit of a wake up call and made sure we didn’t get too complacent.”

Culcairn looked set to enter the finals raging premiership favourites but now must turn the tables on its fierce rival at Culcairn Sportsground.

Despite dominating the regular season, Ravenna said the premiership race was wide open.

Reigning premier Henty hosts Osborne in the other semi-final, with the winners to progress straight into next week’s decider.

“Anyone can beat anyone else on their day,” he said.