Softball close in all grades

By TRISH CLAYDON WITH only one round before the Christmas break and most catch-up games completed, there are few clear-cut leaders in Far North Coast softball. All grades are very competitive.

The match of the round in Division 1 women is Byron Bay Redsox against Dodgers.

Byron Bay put in a strong effort with the bat in their last outing and will be looking for a repeat.

Tracey Johnson, Sarah and Shannon Knapp are key players.

Dodgers struggled to get a team on the paddock last Saturday and will welcome back Niki Clough and Sam Dowse.

The battery of Loris Gordon to Sue Wright is Dodgers' key weapon.

In Division 2, Rous Rebels and Casino Cougars will battle it out for the points.

Rebels have youth on their side in Alicia Robb, Jade Berry and experience in Renee Berry.

Cougars will look to the mother/daughter combination of Di Allen and Deidre Coe. Also look out for Charmaine Donnelly with the bat.

In Division 3, Workers Wild Turkeys play Blues Sistas Devas.

Turkeys have picked up Tina Austen, who has performed well on the mound. Lauren McGowen and Kate Pursche play an important key role in the field.

Devas' key players are Maryanne Brown and Kate Pritchard in the field and Carol Ryan and Donna Lyle with the bat.

In the open men's competition tonight, Dodgers Hotshots compete against club rivals Dodgers Sluggers, then square off again in a catch-up game next Wednesday.

In the Under-13s, Dodgers Mustangs take on Goonellabah Cheetahs. Mustangs have been the front-runners so far, but Cheetahs are capable of an upset. In the other game, Larnook Eagles take on Worker Hawks.

Under-15s will play next Tuesday. Dodgers Dynamos take on Workers Crows and Goonellabah Wildcats face Dodgers Lakers.

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