A poor start cost St Michaels last season and captain James Elliott is out to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again.
After finishing one win outside of the finals, Elliott doesn't want the team to be chasing points late in the season.
“I think the key to this year will be to get a few early wins and take the pressure off the latter stages on the year,” Elliott said.
“We had an ordinary start (last season) and it is pretty hard to make up ground when you start like that.”
The Saints start their season against Wagga RSL at Wagga Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Elliott is looking to put a competitive score on against the Bulldogs, the team that ended their finals hopes in the last round of the competition.
“It will be good to get one back and put up an early win,” he said.
“They knocked us out of the finals, we had to win that to make it.”
Unsure of what line up they will take into the match, Elliott is expecting a tough clash.
“They are normally pretty competitive with the ball and bat,” he said.
With Ryan Forsyth taking over the St Michaels coaching role from Lawrence, Elliott has retained the captaincy.
He believes there is a good feeling in the club as they look to return to playing finals this season.
“It’s all good and positive and (Forsyth) brings a bit of a different outlook on things,” Elliott said.
“Hopefully our on feel performances will improve a bit from last year.”
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