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Battle of teams who never give in

Occasionals opener Heather Brooker hit the winning runs in Saturday's semi-final against Wildcats.
Occasionals opener Heather Brooker hit the winning runs in Saturday's semi-final against Wildcats. Rob Williams

DEFENDING premiers Occasionals head into Saturday's vigoro grand final confident but cautious after an impressive lead-up victory.

Occasionals will face minor premiers TC United again in the title decider after beating Wildcats in the semi-final at East Ipswich.

After her team triumphed over TC United this time last year, Occasionals captain Karen Devin said the main lesson was attitude.

"We all work together. It's not one individual,'' she said excited about making another grand final.

"And we never give up. TC are very much the same so it's going to be a good competition.''

While both teams have match-winners for the 1pm final, Devin said Occasionals' strength was consistent contributions from many players.

That was the case in the first division semi-final win over Wildcats on Saturday.

While middle order batter Nicole McDonald top scored with 41 not out in the first innings, it was Heather Brooker who hit the winning runs with one shot.

Her boundary in the second innings came after she made 28 during her first time at the crease. Occasionals scored 109 to set up the win.

Club stalwart Deanne Lawrie chipped in with 17 before Occasionals bowlers Naomi Schaper (4/27), Gaby Weller (3/7 and 3/17) and Marissa Heys (2/10) finished the job.

Devin was happy to have the extra game to prepare better for the grand final, especially having a strong team available at the right time of the season.

Saturday's junior grand final was won by Wildcats. Look out for a photo spread in Wednesday's Junior Sport section in the QT.

State of play

First Division semi- final: Occasionals 109 & 4 def Wildcats 41 & 71.

Grand final: Saturday (1pm) - Occasionals v T.C. United @ 1pm at Joyce St grounds, East Ipswich.

Second Division semi-finals: Wildcats Gold 129 def. Wildcats Black 46 & 62; Sports def. T.C.

Grand final: Saturday (9am) - Wildcats Gold v Sports.

Junior grand final: Wildcats def. Sports Spirit by an innings and 33 runs.

Topics:  ipswich vigoro association