OSBORNE will look to break one of country cricket’s longest droughts when it takes on Holbrook in Saturday’s grand final at Osborne.
The club last won an A-grade flag in the Brocklesby association in 1985-86 when players of the ilk of Trevor Howard, Russell Douglas and Max Perryman were in the line-up.
Club stalwart Darren Howard started several years later and says he’s eager to finally taste premiership success.
“It’s been a long time for the club,” Howard said.
“I started in 1988 and haven’t won one.
“I’ve been fortunate with the footy, but cricket is probably my real passion in sport and I can’t jag one.
“Holbrook’s a really good side and it won’t be easy on Saturday.”
Osborne defeated Holbrook twice during the home and away series but has been dealt a blow with Clancy Galvin breaking his jaw in a collision with teammate Marty Bahr in the field last weekend.
“They didn’t see each other and just went whack,” Howard said.
“It was a bit like Steve Waugh and Jason Gillespie.
“Clancy only had surgery mid-week in Canberra which is unfortunate because he’s had a really good year for us.”
In a huge boost, Ed Perryman will return from football commitments.
Holbrook, who last saluted in 1999-2000, edged out Henty in last weekend’s semi-final and will look to O’Farrell Cup players Hamish Mackinlay, Corey McCarthy and Cooper Walsh for big performances.
Lockhart host Holbrook in B grade.