Members of the Auckland side that lost to Hutt Valley at this year’s nationals are turning out for their clubs, with redemption on their minds.
Beating anyone from the Hutt Valley at Fraser Park is satisfying for many Auckland players, who have since moved on from losing at the national tournament.
Auckland United infielder Thomas Enoka says, “It was a disappointing time at that tournament, [but] you get over things pretty quickly.”
“We always build ourselves up to this tournament. But the moods’ good. The team’s always looking strong.”
With home advantage set to play a part this weekend, Hutt Valley Dodgers look likely to challenge the defending champions.
In last year final at Ballpark in Christchurch it was Auckland who ran away with a 5–3 win.
(Video features interviews with Thomas Enoka and Kallan Compain)