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A Cool Head Set to Lead Redbacks to Glory

South Australia's Cricket captain Travis Head will be looking to guide his state to Sheffield Shield glory for the first time in 20 years tomorrow (Saturday) as they face arch rivals Victoria at Glenelg Oval. South Australia last won the Sheffield Shield back in 1995/96 playing out a draw against Western Australia at Adelaide Oval, tomorrow the Redbacks will only need to draw the Final over the five days to claim the glory of winning the Sheffield Shield. Both SA and Victoria faced each other in two matches this season. In Round Five SA won by eight wickets before Victoria exacted revenge with a 218 run victory in Round Seven. Since SA won their last title, arch rivals Victoria have played in eight Finals winning four, including last season as they look to go back to back for the second time in six years. The Redbacks had their last session this morning with the Victorian team having their last run this afternoon and still to make a decision on playing one or two spinners on the Glenelg pitch. "We had a good session this morning a really enjoyable session," Head said. "There was a bit of fun about it and we just have to embrace it (the final). Most captains would be feeling some sort of pressure coming into a final for the first time in 20 years but the young South Australian skipper feels no pressure coming into tomorrow's match knowing everyone is relaxed. "Not really (feeling pressure), everyone's pretty calm, I'm pretty calm about things," The Sheffield Shield player of the year Travis Head said.

The only member of the South Australian team to have played in a winning Shield Final is Mark Cosgrove (Tasmania) with some Redbacks players barely having played 10 games of Shield cricket. "We've played really exciting cricket this season and we'll continue to do that," Head said. "We have a lot of guys still in single figures for Shield games which is exciting for the state. South Australia has been starved of success in most formats over the years, their Shield form leading into this season was they'd won five wooden spoons out of the last six years and they can be sure the SA fans will be at Glenelg Oval in full voice cheering on their state. "I know there has been plenty of buzz around about this week which is great," Head said. "As soon as I came into the team four years ago I realised then how much it means to the state on being consistently good and being near the top and I believe it's somewhere where South Australia should be. "I think it's been a goal as soon as I got in the team about getting SA back up there and we are one step closer to that now."

The Shield Final starts at Glenelg Oval from 10:30am with SACA Members free entry with Membership cards to be presented for scanning. Adults - $10 Concession - $5 Children - Free

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