JASON Alberts is a veteran of nine grand finals, but just one premiership medallion rests on his mantelpiece.
That record is driving the Woolsthorpe all-rounder as his men vie to complete their resurrection in Saturday’s Grassmere Cricket Association semi-final against Killarney.
Alberts headlined an influx of recruits at Woolsthorpe in the off-season, with the Andrew Bridge-coached club desperate to revive after a wooden spoon.
Ironically, it’s Alberts and a troupe of experienced players – including Steve Blacker and Joey Whitton – who are providing the drive.
“I find it to be a very good standard and quite relaxing. I went out there with my lad (Sam Alberts) and Steve Blacker after a couple of years at East Warrnambool as I felt it was time for a change,” the 43-year-old said.
“I just can’t wait for Saturday. I’ve had my fair share of semi finals in my time, but I’ve only ever won one flag.
“There’s always that little bit more pressure involved in a final but I think the key is to not overthink it. We’ll really be pushing that idea onto our players.”
Alberts, also a former Yambuk cricketer, revealed strong team harmony was responsible for Woolsthorpe’s meteoric rise up the ladder.
“It’s been a brilliant year off the field as well. Where we are is a good achievement already, to be able to turn that around in 12 months,” he said.
“We’re playing for each other and I’m really confident that’s what has turned our fortunes around as a team.”