Panthers stick to winning formula

REIGNING premier Lavington will resist the temptation to rush back former skipper Andrew Taylor for its semi-final against St Patrick’s at Xavier Oval.

Although the Patties are preparing for the prolific batsman to be a late inclusion, the Panthers look set to go with the same team that defeated Tallangatta last weekend.

Taylor moved to Canberra in the New Year through employment and hasn’t played for the club since December 21.

“Unless someone gets injured, we’re happy with the 12 we have in the side,” Mackinlay said.

“We have won seven of the last 10 games so it would be a bit harsh dropping someone out.

“‘Tubby’ (Taylor) understands that and has no problems.

“We would be wasting a really good opportunity to give one of our young blokes a game in finals.

“They have been fantastic and can just go out there and enjoy it.”

Both teams will go into the clash confident after the Panthers rolled Tallangatta and St Patrick’s brought down ladder leader East Albury last weekend.

Patties coach Mark Butters said his team wouldn’t be underestimating its opposition.

“They have upset a couple of top teams already this season and are well led by Robbie Mackinlay,” he said.

“They are a good unit.

“We respect them on and off the field.”