We did it. After our most successful start to a BBL season in the history of the Sydney Thunder, last night, with the Adelaide Strikers defeating the Melbourne Renegades, it was confirmed. The Sydney Thunder will be competing in the finals, in both the men and women’s competition. This is a tremendous feat which deserves to be celebrated – but not too much, we have a big game coming up on Thursday.
It was a nervous wait because for the Thunder to have made the finals, the Renegades either needed to win by more than 137 runs (had they batted first) or chased down the score the Strikers had posted by the 16th over (which was eventually what had to be done). The Renegades game to play cricket last night. With Chris Gayle at the crease it looked for all money that the Renegades were going to reach the target before the 16th over. And I felt sick. But then came Travis Head. Travis Head should be revered and adored by all Thunder fans. Whilst he may have been pretty ordinary last night with the bat (scoring 0 runs) he took 3 crucial wickets, including Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo. From that point, the Renegades needed a miracle and the Thunder could rest a little easier.
This finals appearance means so much to so many people. I saw a short video last night of the Sydney Thunder team (including players, coaching staff and administration) all watching the game together. The pure joy on their faces as confirmation that we were going to the finals was a tremendous. Fans have been waiting 5 years for this finals appearance and it is finally here. It is something to be celebrated and enjoyed.
I have learnt as a Parramatta Eels fan that playing finals is not something to be taken for granted. I am 27 years old this year and the last time the Parramatta Eels won a Premiership was 30 years ago. As a little girl growing up however, the Eels were a very successful team always played finals football. We never won the big dance, but we were always competitive.
It’s been a drought in recent years. The last time the Eels played finals was back in 2009 and I’ve begun to forgot what it feels like to have a team that competes at the business end of the season.
The Sydney Thunder have helped to remind me of that and it is a great feeling – it is nerves, mixed with excitement, mixed with joy, mixed with pride.
I know that all the fans are delighted. This finals berth is a testament and a reward to our team for all the hard work they have been doing on and off the field. Congratulations to everyone at ThunderHQ – we are all so proud of you.
We have a big test coming up ahead as we take on the Adelaide Strikers on Thursday night at Adelaide Oval. But I’m confident, that should we play our best cricket that we can beat them.
Regardless of what happens from here on in, it has been our best season yet – things are only going to get bigger and brighter for the #ThunderNation in the years ahead.
Ladies who Legspin xxx