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Rangers aiming for win number 12 going into Christmas break

Toowoomba Rangers take on Pine Hills Black at Commonwealth Oval on Sunday.
Toowoomba Rangers take on Pine Hills Black at Commonwealth Oval on Sunday. Nev Madsen

TOOWOOMBA Rangers intend to sweeten their Christmas drinks with a crucial win over Pine Hills Black in their GBL A1 League clash at Commonwealth Oval on Sunday.

This week's round-13 encounter is the final match of the pre-Christmas season with the League breaking for two weekends after Sunday's games.

Rangers are looking at a near perfect season start with 11 wins from the opening 12 rounds.

But while Sunday's game marks the end of Rangers 2012 campaign it's also the first in a three-match plan coach Darryl Luchterhand thinks can seal Toowoomba the League minor premiership.

"I think our next three games will definitely shape our season finish," Luchterhand said.

"We have fourth-placed Pine Hills Black this week and then when we return on January 6 we have All Stars and Padres.

"They are the three teams closest to us on the ladder and I'm pretty confident if we can come away 3-0 from those games we'll finish number one in the League.

"We've had a great start to the season but Padres are right on our heels and we just can't afford to drop a match or they could snatch top spot off us."

Luchterhand expects Pine Hills to be as equally hungry for success on Sunday.

"They are sitting fourth and a loss could see them drop out of the top four," he said.

"We beat them 6-2 in the first round and that win was helped by us scoring four runs in the fourth innings.

"They probably have a bit more to play for than us on Sunday, and it will be a tough one to finish on before Christmas."

Shaun Clarke returns from a week's break on Sunday to share Rangers' pitching duties with Phil Vanderneut.

"Sean Linley has a bit of shoulder soreness and he won' throw this week.," Luchterhand said.

"I'm carrying shoulder and knee niggles as well and if he's needed we can call on Sean Rogers to help with the throwing."
 

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