THE rivalry will continue today in Far North Coast softball at Albert Park, Lismore, when Dodgers Devils and Workers Condors meet in the open women’s preliminary final at 5pm.
The winner will play Rous Rangers in the grand final next Saturday.
Dodgers had a brilliant game in the field last week but fell short with the bat.
This week they will need to gain the momentum with the bat and apply the pressure.
The glovework of Hayley Leeson and veteran Kayleen Shailes dominates the infield, making many outs without too much fuss.
Selina Atkinson will be back in the line-up today, which will strengthen the batting. Clare Busch, Kim Wraight and Marion Stevens are also in good form with the bat.
Condors blew the socks off Byron Bay last week and will go into this game confident, although it will be a much tougher encounter.
The pitching combination of Carlie Walker and Sam Green has worked well all year but it will be Kasey Renwick and Vanessa Wong’s strength with the bat that sets the pace.
Condors can ill afford a lapse in concentration, which would give the opposition an opportunity, so they will need to focus for the entire game.
These teams have been neck and neck all season, and this one could go either way.
In the Division 2 preliminary final at 3pm, Goonellabah Lotto and Casino Ratbags appears an even battle. Little separates the teams – they finished equal second in the pointscore.
The pressure will be on from the first pitch. While Goonellabah has a strong defence, with Renee Cowan and Suellen Pursche covering the outfield, they will need to come out swinging the bat.
Jenny Smedley, Jess Wraight and Julie Cowan will need to lead the attack.
Casino’s Val McLean gives nothing away from the mound and her consistency will test the Goonellabah batters.
The strength of Ratbags is their batting, particularly Sharon Hinds, Ainsley Carpenter and Kylie Bruggy.
Batting will determine the outcome in what will probably be a big-hitting game.
In Division 3 at 1pm, Goonellabah Tigers and Dodgers Angels will take the field.
Tigers will be out to regain some respect after a whitewash last week from Byron Bay.
Sharon Foster’s return from injury is a plus for Tigers and her inclusion may be all they need to get a win.
Expect a big game with the bat from the Foster girls, Kerri and Jodie, while the glovework of Mary Wood behind the plate is exceptional.
Angels have been the surprise packet in this division.
They put up a great fight last Saturday, preforming well with bat in the last dig for a start in the preliminary final.
Big games can be expected from Colleen Prentice, Robyn McMahon and Rachael Olive.