Coolac’s dominance of the Elders Cup in recent years could very well continue after the seven-time reigning premiers accounted for Tumut Plains by 111-runs in their preliminary final at Stan Crowe Oval on Saturday.
Led by a 74-run performance to James Scott and the clinical bowling attack of Duane Shawcross, Tim Graham and Brad and Rob Barron, Coolac flexed their muscles to score 9/198 and keep Tumut Plains to just 88 runs in return.
The competition’s most consistent team of the last decade showcased their class and have now earned the right to play Wyangle in the much-hyped 2020 decider at Bull Paddock on Saturday.
Wyangle, who finished atop the Elders Cup ladder after the regular season, were a picture of consistency during the season, only losing twice.
Led by the likes of Tom and Dave Shedden and star bowlers John Breed and Dean Crane, Wyangle will now get their chance write their name in the annals of Tumut and Gundagai cricketing history.
Tumut District Cricket Association president Matt Sturt gave his insight into the grand final and the potential result.
“I honestly think Wyangle will get the job done this time round,” Sturt said.
“Dean Crane will be the difference for Wyangle on a cricket pitch (Bull Paddock) that no one knows how it will play.”
Sturt, who has watched on as Coolac and Wyangle have consistently battled it out for Elders Cup supremacy, congratulated both sides for being so consistent over such a long period of time.
“It goes to how the dominance and quality that these teams have had for roughly 10 years,” Sturt said.
Despite this dominance, Sturt believes the tides could be potentially changing, especially after one of the more interesting Elders Cup competitions in recent memory.
“Over the past couple of seasons, we have seen other teams getting a lot closer as they gave gained some quality players, or have had younger ones that have come of age and are now showing real promise for the future,” Sturt said.
“There are three teams in Lotts, Plains and Lippers that are hot on the tails of the top two, which is great for the future.”
Still, for the time being, the younger and upcoming sides will have to watch on as Coolac and Wyangle revisit a rivalry that has become part and parcel of the Elders Cup.