Creeks and Valley anticipate second grade thriller

FLASHBACK: Valley players pictured celebrating their upset T20 second grade grand final win over Creeks in February.
FLASHBACK: Valley players pictured celebrating their upset T20 second grade grand final win over Creeks in February.

Creeks second grade star Dan Tracey has seen enough cricket to know that pre-season predictions can mean nothing until each season opening weekend.

While his passion and enthusiasm has helped strengthen Creeks' eager line-up, one assisted by the club's bye at first grade level, he does not want to underestimate his Valley opponents until this Saturday's season opener comes to a close.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Dan Tracey (Creeks).

PLAYER TO WATCH: Dan Tracey (Creeks).

"Hopefully our player availability is strong enough that it doesn't need to benefit from the bye," Tracey explained.

"I've missed the competitive side of cricket and anyone that knows me knows that I'm extremely competitive so I've definitely been counting down the days."

Last year Creeks and Valley met in the second grade T20 grand final.

Amazingly, Valley prevailed.

"Definitely since I've been involved in the Creeks second grade set up there has been a healthy rivalry against Valley," he added.

"It is always a very close game and played in the right spirit."

"Creeks seconds established themselves as the team to beat in recent years in the shorter form and for Valley to defeat us twice last year really gives us a goal to work to in this year."

Reigning (regular format) premier JPC will face off against PCH in the other match while Denman will return from the bye next week to play host to Creeks.