Mark Solway glances around the change rooms and he can see the fire.
For Queanbeyan are about to face a rival that denied them a premiership 12 months ago, and this time they're hunting redemption at Manuka Oval. It doesn't get much bigger.
That's why he could sense a feeling of belief in the room after he (61 not out) and Tom Kellar (81) secured first innings points for Queanbeyan in their two-day Douglas Cup clash with North Canberra-Gungahlin at Freebody Oval on Saturday.
Queanbeyan's triumph looms as a major boost heading into the Cricket ACT one-day Gallop Cup decider against Weston Creek Molonglo at Manuka Oval on Sunday.
"It's massive. After last year as well, playing the same team, we're pretty disappointed with the result last year," Solway said.
"It might sound a bit corny but there is plenty of belief in the boys so they're all raring to go. There has been a good rivalry for the past six or seven years.
"Whenever we come up against them, we're pretty keen to do well and do a job on them. Facing Creek does light the fire a bit."
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Weston Creek Molonglo will ride a wave of momentum into the one-day final after securing a five-wicket victory in their Douglas Cup clash against ANU at ANU North Oval.
The visitors took a 52-run lead into the second innings and the prospect of an outright victory became very clear when they skittled ANU for 128 in their second dig.
Creek lost five wickets en route to the target of 77 but all they needed was a couple of players to make starts - and they got that in Zac Keogh (23) and Sam Taylor (22).
"We're pretty good at saying yesterday was yesterday, and starting afresh each week," captain John Rogers said.
"We've got guys who haven't played in many grand finals and we've got guys who have played in plenty of grand finals. It's very exciting, particularly playing at Manuka."
Meanwhile, a Shane Devoy masterclass saw Tuggeranong cruise to a first innings win over Western District at Jamison Oval.
Devoy claimed 5-39 as Wests folded for 170 in pursuit of Tuggeranong's first innings total of 213.
Dan Foy's 5-45 saw Eastlake secure a slender first innings lead over Ginninderra as the defending champions fell for 172 - just 10 runs in arrears - before the Demons put together some second innings fireworks and called it a day at 0-63.
AT A GLANCE
Cricket ACT Douglas Cup: WESTON CREEK MOLONGLO 205 (J Myburgh 62; N Groenewegon 7-47) and 5-77 (Z Keogh 23, S Taylor 22; B Mitchell 3-27, L Evans 1-13) bt ANU 153 (B Mitchell 41; D Bloomfield 4-14) and 128 (L Pedley 29, W Todd 28; S Taylor 4-40, H Medhurst 2-2) by five wickets at ANU North Oval.
EASTLAKE 182 (O Blaney-Brown 36; B Thomas 4-44) and 0-63 (T Henry 45*, P O'Malveney 16*) bt GINNINDERRA 172 (M Hogan 44, B Thomas 32; D Foy 5-45, N Mathai 3-46) on first innings at Kingston Oval.
TUGGERANONG VALLEY 213 (T Vane-Tempest 57, M Barrington-Smith 53; B Duffy 3-46, N Broes 3-49) bt WESTERN DISTRICT 170 (B Dean 46, L Murchie 34; S Devoy 5-39, C Devoy 2-12) on first innings at Jamison Oval.
QUEANBEYAN 7-280 (T Kellar 81, M Solway 61*; A Patel 3-65, H Jones 2-31)bt NORTH CANBERRA-GUNGAHLIN 277 (G Tranter 83, C Herath 44; T Van Luin 4-40, V Dukoski 4-50) on first innings at Freebody Oval.
CRICKET ACT GALLOP CUP FINAL
Sunday: Queanbeyan v Weston Creek Molonglo at Manuka Oval. Match starts at 11am.