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GOING ONE BETTER: Colts chasing seventh consecutive title

Wes Giddings and the RSL-Colts will be chasing their seventh consecutive title this weekend when they take on Souths in the Whitney Cup grand final. Photo: CHERYL BURKEStar Colts cricketer Wes Giddings is staring down the barrel of a seventh consecutive Whitney Cup win, but in all these years, his famous sense of humility hasn’t changed.
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“I still get nervous and never write it off as a sure thing,” he said, when asked about the prospect of another victory.

“Just because you’ve won six in a row doesn’t mean you’ll win seven.”

He said with every championship the team develops more confidence, but the formula for success is still hard to pinpoint.

“I guess it’s the belief in yourself and your abilities that gets you across the line.

“Our team has become a little bit stronger every year and we’ve learnt to do the simple things right and not take anything for granted.”

Giddings shares his “slice of history” with just three other players – Chris Morton, Aaron Morris and Brad Cox. Together, they recorded their first cup win in 2005.

Between 2002 and 2004, the team had made it to the final stage, only to lose three times in a row.

But post-2005, the RSL-Colts have been unstoppable, knocking the Colts’ previous record – of four consecutive premierships in the 1950’s – out of the park.

“It’s now become something really special,” Giddings said.

“We’d love to take that chapter one step further.”

After this year’s cup, Giddings couldn’t say how long he’d continue playing for, but said he can see his retirement date on the horizon.

“I’m starting to feel a lot older after a day’s play,” the cricketer, who will turn 34 next week, said.

“When we won our first, our average age was 22 or 21, now we’re pretty much all in the 30’s.”

The veteran player said the Colts’ first grade team has almost stayed the same for the last six years – with only 24 players over that period.

“It’s been pretty stable the whole way through, so it would be nice to step aside and a few more juniors step up.”

And for younger cricketers who want to make the first grade, Giddings’ had two pieces of advice – respect your opponent and never become lackadaisical.

“The thrill of a big win is something you can’t really compare to anything else,” he said.

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