Tasmania has faced a set of hurdles in this year’s JLT Cup campaign, but the way the Tigers have overcome them has given coach Adam Griffith faith they can clear the last one to the finish line.
That finish is the cup final facing Victoria in Melbourne.
That’s just another hurdle for the side that were positioned two spots higher than Wednesday’s rivals, but due to Cricket Australia fixturing were forced to play away for the seventh straight game.
But in a twist or irony, scheduled matches located in far warmer climes than Tasmania has affected the Tigers’ preparation.
The last of which was the semi-final win over Queensland but held in Sydney.
“I’m very happy the way the boys went about it on Saturday,” Griffith said.
“Sometimes in those situations when you’re higher up on the ladder and there’s rain around, because when we arrived the day before it was hailing down when we weren’t sure we’d get on, mentally the playing group can get in a bit of mixed emotions.
“So I think they held that really well and showed really good maturity to go out from ball one to be ready to go.”
That was the same hurdle before last month’s opener – against Victoria in Perth.
Match practice other than the Bellerive nets were limited to one preseason game.
“I mean I knew we were ready technically and from a cricket perspective, but just the competitiveness and playing as a group – we hadn’t done that for a while,” Griffith said. “But they showed they were ready to go and executed really well.”
So Griffith can be excused for concentrating on what needs to done to win rather than outside distractions.
“We have worried about ourselves first and foremost, and what we need to do as a playing group and as individuals to perform at our best in what role we need,” he said.
“The opposition we haven’t spent too much time worrying about who we’re coming up against.”