For the past six seasons Railways have been the untouchables, the team that have conquered all and set records in the local cricket association that may never be broken. Many thought the bid for a seventh straight premiership would be tough for the Tigers as plenty of talent exited following their golden era. Manypeaks have lost three of the past four grand finals, with each heartbreaking defeat coming at the hands of the powerful Tigers. But the move home by grade cricketer Paul Donaldson and the return of David Pyle and Declan McNamara along with the emergence of Jack Dawson all of a sudden had people talking up a Peaks premiership. The next fortnight will decide if those pundits were on the money or if the Tigers juggernaut rolls on to yet another cricket flag. With great respect to Collingwood Park and Royals, I firmly believe the grand final next Saturday will feature the same two sides for the third successive season. Park have enjoyed a terrific season, clearly the most improved team in the competition, and with batting and bowling depth that has helped them win seven of their past eight fixtures. They start warm favourites over a Lions outfit who you just can’t rely on to make runs, and with the added pressure of a final, can they reverse their poor couple of recent encounters with Park? Regardless of the first semifinal result, the winner will find it difficult to match the Tigers or Peaks in a preliminary final. Peaks pinched a premiership in 2010-11, a thrilling one-wicket defeat of the Tigers. But this season is far different from that. For mine, Peaks are in the best spot they are likely to be in in a long time to lift the premiership cup aloft. They have serious bowling depth and a far better-structured top order than in previous seasons, an area the Tigers have been able to exploit. The next fortnight will be a defining one for the Manypeaks Cricket Club in their chase for a second premiership, and to shake the tag of bridesmaids to the roaring Tigers. The Tigers will absolutely not be pushovers. Nathan Crudeli and Coen Marwick will make sure of that. Peaks’ spread of talent and contributors has them in the prime position to end the Tigers’ dominance of this competition.