True Blues v Rams

Andrew Groves spoke to the Sam Coates and Ben Osborne ahead of the weekend's semi final at Toorak Park...










The True Blues have made the last four, but skipper Sam Coates doesn't want his troops to stop there.

The journey towards the granny continues when they take on Ringwood this Saturday.

Both teams did what was necessary at the weekend by grinding out draws against lower opposition.

The Rams were particularly impressive with the bat reaching 6-260 against Fitzroy Doncaster. David King was the hero battling his way to an excellent 110.

Coates can't wait for the action to start.

“It could be a good thing David King is scoring all his runs now, he might not have any left,” he joked.

“He’s obviously on a good run, they’ve got Holland and Tom Stray is a class act. I think that’s one of their strong points.

“But we are absolutely hanging for it. We think Ringwood are a good team and have been a consistent bunch both in the batting and the bowling.

“We played them earlier this year in a T20. We bowled them out in poor conditions quite cheaply and managed to knock it off. It was a bit of a non event and you can’t read too much into it.

"This will be a completely different game.”

And, of course, Prahran has a couple of huge "ins" with David Hussey and Chris Rogers bolstering the batting line-up.

Opposition skipper Ben Osborne, meanwhile, hopes his in-form batsmen continue to shine.

“David (King) scored his third hundred in the last five weeks,” he said.osborne_qf2w

“He’s the best in the competition in my eyes and has proved that by scoring a lot of runs.

“All the teams left are absolute quality, there’s a few sides out of the top four who are very good too.

“Saturday is a semi-final with two good sides going at it. It’s a really exciting time for us and we are really happy to be a part of it.

“When you’re this close (to a Grand Final) you don’t want to let it slip.”

Prahran moved into the last four with a tough display over Carlton.

The True Blues performed well in both disciplines to get the better of Tim Welsford’s troops in the rain-affected contest.

Batting first the Blues declared on 8-124.

An early blitz brought Carlton back into the match before the experienced Dimitri Mascarenhas (24 off 107 balls) and Neil Schlittler (35no off 86 balls) saw them to a draw at 4-81.

Coates is hopeful opener Steve De Bolfo shakes off his head injury ahead of Saturday’s clash. He received a nasty bump from a Blues’ bouncer.

“We bowled really, really well,” he said.

“Having them 4-60 on the first day really set us up and gave us the upper hand. When Dimi walked out to bat he thought about going on to win it. But he noticed the conditions weren’t conducive to batting so he had to grind it out.

“When the onus is on the other team to win the game it’s always difficult.coates_appeal_odf

“A couple of years ago we got knocked out by Carlton in exactly the same way. So it’s all swings and roundabouts really. A lot of players playing this weekend played in the same game.”

For a look forward to Saturday's other semi-final between Melbourne and Dandenong see Friday's Premier website.

1ST XI SEMI FINALS
MELBOURNE v DANDENONG at Albert Ground
Umpires: Shawn Craig & Tony Ward

PRAHRAN v RINGWOOD at Prahran
Umpires: Geoff Joshua & Richard Patterson

2ND XI SEMI FINALS
PRAHRAN v MELBOURNE UNI at University
Umpires: Vincent Borg & Phillip Shanahan

CAMBERWELL MAGPIES v MELBOURNE at Camberwell
Umpires: Stephen Brne & Gordon Jones

3RD XI SEMI FINALS
MELBOURNE v RINGWOOD at Ringwood
Umpires: Adam Hawking & John Walker

ST KILDA v CARLTON at Junction Oval
Umpires: Gaurav Bawa & Alan Jones

4TH XI SEMI FINALS
MELBOURNE v MELBOURNE UNI at Carlton
Umpires: Nick Ferns & David Melzer

CAMBERWELL MAGPIES v RINGWOOD at Watson Park
Umpires: Craig Hill & Russell Thomas

WOMEN'S PREMIER 1STS FINAL
BOX HILL v DANDENONG at AH Butler Oval, Frankston
Umpires: Russ Turner & Tony Ventura   

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