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Confident Goodwood ready for success
No underdogs as experience leads the way
03/21/2018 11:20 AM ET
Goodwood is confident of more success after defeating the defending premiers, West Torrens, to book their grand final berth.
Goodwood is confident of more success after defeating the defending premiers, West Torrens, to book their grand final berth. (Goodwood Baseball Club Facebook)

Confidence is high at Goodwood after they turned the tables on defending champions West Torrens to book their spot in the SABL Grand Final, presented by VIVA Global.

Surviving as lucky-losers from an opening series defeat to Kensington, Goodwood defeated the Eagles in three high scoring games and Coach Ben Wigmore says looking at the big picture was important for success.

"Everyone's pretty upbeat. To beat the reigning premiers, that gives a lot of confidence and we knew it was going to take an exceptional all-round performance to beat them," Wigmore says.

"That's baseball - when you're playing three game series it isn't won in the first game. We had a conversation on Saturday after the game and the boys remained confident.

"We just needed to look at the bigger picture and know we were ready to go for Sunday and have that never say die attitude."

In an experienced side familiar to many Adelaide Bite fans, Goodwood features Darren Fidge, Stefan Welch, Jeremy Cresswell, Josh Cakebread and Chris Horne, plus Wigmore who played two seasons for the Bite.

"Experience is invaluable," he says.

"You cannot emphasise that enough. Being under the element of pressure and still being comfortable and confident to get the job done. That's an advantage our playing group has that not every team does."

Alongside the ABL and international experience is a side brimming with SABL knowledge and rising talent, with players contributing to Goodwood's success from all angles.

For Wigmore a spread of talent has been one of the most exciting aspects of Goodwood during the season.

"Those guys that are experienced have led the way but to have guys stand up like Dennis Christiansen and Owen Hughes, that's what this group is all about," Wigmore explains, "Taking every opportunity whether that be the most experienced or most experienced doing so."

"We're mindful that we have some experienced heads in the group but we're still confident that all players can get the job done."

After overcoming some wild finals baseball which saw Goodwood and West Torrens score 69 runs over three games, this grand final series looks to be a far closer affair. All three of their meeting this season were decided by one run, although Port Adelaide won two of those games.

"We've had three exceptionally close games throughout the year that have been decided late in the game," Wigmore says.

"It's a bit cliché but we'll just take it like any other week. We'll go about our task of trying to ensure we break the game down into certain processes and really execute them.

"Then it's going to come down to taking those opportunities when they present themselves."

Goodwood's last won the 2012/13 Premiership and while that may only be five years ago this is a fresh opportunity for many new faces who have yet to taste the ultimate success in the SABL.

Wigmore says it will be a team approach for each game, although there are some moments which will be remembered forever.

"There's been some new players that have come into the group since then that haven't achieved the same success in the SABL so they're pretty excited for the opportunity," he says.

"There will be moments throughout the weekend that will be remembered so if an opportunity comes up and they can execute it, then they are going to go down in folklore.

"We're just going to go about it as a collective group and make sure as a team is unified and hopefully that will provide us with the result we're looking for at the end."

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.