MACQUARIE Hotel players are doing a rain dance ahead of their major semi-final showdown with Wauchope RSL starting on Saturday.
Minor premiers Macquarie is under-strength for tomorrow. Regular skipper Michael Pelley is out, along with the Hyde brothers, Adrian Sippel and keeper Gordon Scott.
The Hydes will be back for the second day on Sunday, but the rest are out for both days of the match at Wayne Richards Park.
Macquarie's second-grade side is also involved in finals action tomorrow, so the club will use a couple of third-graders to try and fill the void.
Fraser Carroll and Brett Myers will be employed down the order in the hope they can make a valuable 10 to 15 runs each to push the score along.
"It will be a big learning curve for them," Pelley said.
Dan Kennedy will take over the captaincy from Pelley, who was still confident his team could put a good performance together.
The likes of Liam Coelho, Ricky Arnell and Ryan O'Donnell will still be on the park tomorrow.
Any one of them can have a fantastic day and make things difficult for RSL.
Pelley hoped Brendan Badenoch would be at his devastating best.
"He always takes bags of wickets around finals time," he said of the fiery speedster.
RSL captain Brad Baxter predicted Macquarie's rain dance to come good. He wasn't expecting to get on the park tomorrow.
"Hopefully if there's a bit of sunshine we might get on for Sunday," he said.
His team was raring to go for the big match.
RSL has gelled since Christmas, and some hard work is finally paying off.
"They're finally playing for each other," Baxter said. "Before Christmas it was a bit patchy."
Even if the match was washed out, the second-placed RSL would have another bite at the cherry.
That outcome was looking likely yesterday, given the lack of time ground staff had to work on the pitch.
Saturday's match gets under way at 1pm, weather permitting.
The minor semi-final between Port City Leagues Magpies and Comboyne is at Oxley Oval.