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Dubbo looking to make amends for 2014-15 failure

RIGHT: Matt Ellis and his side will be chasing Whitney Cup glory on Saturday. Photo: BROOK KELLEHEAR-SMITH
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DUBBO will use the pain of losing last season’s Brewery Shield grand final when they travel to Nyngan for the 2015-16 decider on Sunday.

Last season Dubbo lost to Wellington on the final day of the season but skipper Matt Ellis was determined to achieve a different result this time around.

“There’s still some wounds from last year,” he said.

“It was a very disappointing experience but sometimes you need those to bring the best out of you in the future and there were some lessons learned in that match which will stand us in good stead.”

Nyngan have impressed this season and been a powerhouse at home while Dubbo have only lost the once, to Wellington.

The Dubbo side had a training run on Friday evening and the captain could not hide his excitement about the possibility of his side lifting the Brewery Shield for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

“Our guys have been preparing well getting ready to play at their best,” Ellis said.

“This is what it’s all about. All that hard work before Christmas and those early season wins and the effort week in, week out culminates in this big clash and I’m very excited about it.”

Dubbo’s batting has returned to form in recent weeks and the batting line-ups of both teams will go a long way to deciding the result.

Ellis highlighted Angus Cusack and Nick Karydis as key players in his middle order but was well aware there was plenty of firepower in the Nyngan side.

“I feel like we’ve shored up the batting order and Angus Cusack has really stepped up at number four,” he said.

“Nick Karydis at number five has scored some valuable runs too. I think they’re both averaging over 50 this season.

“Toby Miles is the (Nyngan) captain and he is a gun and has scored a lot of runs against us.

“He’s a very aggressive opening batsmen and someone we will be trying our best to restrict. Tim Smith in the middle order is very destructive too so they hold a lot of the cards.”

Ellis also highlighted Nyngan opening bowler Mitch Williams-Hedges, who plays locally for Macquarie, as someone who his side had to be wary of.

Sunday’s grand final at Nyngan begins at 10am.

o DUBBO: Matt Ellis (c), Pat Berryman (vc), Nick Karydis, Blake Watmore, Dan French, Tyler Woodrow, Tyler Spang, Michael Ying Sing, Tom Barber, Josh Thompson, Adlai Shipp, Angus Cusack.

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