Dodgers and G'bah square off
THE Dodgers and Goonellabah clubs go head-to-head tonight in Far North Coast softball preliminary finals from Under-13s through to the open mixed division.
In the open mixed A division (8pm), an action-packed final looks likely when Goonellabah CCs and Dodgers Coolshots clash, with the team that can get their bats working and make the basic plays likely to get a head start in their bid for a place in the grand final next week.
CCs’ Mick and Matt Claydon have formed a great battery while outfielders Renee and Tony Cowan will swoop on anything in the air.
Patrick and Andrew Kelly lead Coolshots’ line-up along with the Wyatt clan.
In B division, Goonellabah Meteors will look to regain some respect when they take on Casino Coyotes after their shock loss last week.
Miles White is handy from the mound while Mark and Jono Grace will do the damage with the bat. Coyotes’ Deidre Coe will have her side pumped for this game.
In the Under-18s (6.30pm), the clash of Dodgers Colts and Dodgers Bandits clash will be fierce.
Colts have the older, more experienced players in James Baxter, Emily Ross and Brendan Wallace, but Bandits’ Mitchell Watt, Hayden Watt and Sam Osborne will put up an almighty fight.
In the Under-15s (5pm), Dodgers Braves will start favourites against Goonellabah Wildcats, although Wildcats put in a great game last week with Michael Fredericks and Brent White the standouts and Grace Morton’s pitching the key.
Braves have strong pitching with Hayden Watt on the mound and with Amy Gordon and Edward Kelly in the field they will be hard to toss.
In the Under-13s (6.30pm), Dodgers Mustangs take on Goonellabah Cheetahs.
Mustangs have a lot of talent with Ethan Elliott at shortstop the main danger, while Matthew Vansant is a reliable little pitcher and will keep the batters honest.
Cheetahs surprised by upsetting Byron Bay last week to advance. This will be a tough game for them, with Ben Wilton and Emily Vidler the key players.