Cameron Milne has boldly declared that Kookaburras can finish on top of the table this season. But standing in their way of achieving that, he has said, is the side’s bogeyman – Farran Lamb.
Milne said third-placed Kookaburras, coming off a last-round defeat of Mornington, have the ability to win their final three regular-season matches, to give them a shot of topping the table and earning an automatic grand final berth.
However, to have any chance of doing that they must first defeat reigning two-time premiers Court House in a two-dayer starting at Wolseley Oval on Saturday.
And it is Lamb whom Milne said Kookaburras feared the most.
“With Court House, they’ve got a bloke by the name of Farran Lamb, who tends to step up a gear against us,” Milne said. “He can bowl a lot of overs against us, compared to what he bowls against everyone else.”
Milne said Kookaburras were “eyeing off” finishing the regular season in first place.
“We’d like to go one, two, three – win the next three games. Whether that can happen, that’s up to us,” he said, adding: “We’re gonna go this week against Court House, who have probably had two of their poorest weeks in a long time – their last two matches.
“So they’ll be looking to rebound pretty strongly, I would say.
“But we’re looking to hopefully win the next three, and see what happens with the other three teams, and see where the cards lie at the end of it.”
Milne said his belief that Kookaburras could top the ladder was more than “thinking big”.
He said it was the result of a sustained period of development over the past two season, resulting in Kookaburras having their best season in a long time.
“Blokes are starting to come to the realisation that they can win, which is the hardest thing to teach in a side where you’ve been thumped for a fair while,” he said.
“And Mornington’s the same. They’ve come to the realisation that they can win, too. And that’s a step in the direction of the competition becoming a far more even comp.
“You start believing in it, and all of a sudden it’s not a lost cause. You say, ‘We can still win from here – we’ve done it before.’”
At Kitchener Park on Saturday, Mornington play Albion, who beat Court House in a one-dayer in the last round.
Court House were dismissed for 67, chasing 119. In the match prior to that, Court House were beaten by Kookaburras.