ON THE BALL: Goonellabah batter Trish Claydon in action against Blues Sistas at Albert Park, Lismore.
ON THE BALL: Goonellabah batter Trish Claydon in action against Blues Sistas at Albert Park, Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

Rous, Dodgers set to slug it out for top spot

IT will be a battle with the bat when Rous Hotel and Dodgers Devils meet in Far North Coast softball action today.

The two teams will feature in a top-of-the-table clash in Division 1at Albert Park, Lismore.

It promises to be an exciting affair, with both sides competing for the minor premiership.

Sharon Hinds has been a standout for Rous at catcher, commanding respect from opposing base-runners with her accurate and timely pickoffs.

Her ability to pull out the big hits will also be a factor against the consistent Dodgers outfit.

Pitching will be crucial for both teams, as attacking play with sound hitting should be rewarded in the scorebook.

Impact players include Sheryl Nilon, Val Dowse and Amy Gordon (Rous); Sonya Pope, Kayleen Shailes and Marion Stevens (Dodgers).

An Workers Club battle between Turkeys and Condors will divide spectators as both sides need the win.

Condors have been strengthened by the return of Coffs Harbour junior and pitching dynamo Callie Windsor.

Turkeys' Tina Austen and Belinda Stratford have been solid all season and will aim to turn the tide on the more-fancied Condors.

In the bye match-up between Goonellabah Lotto and Byron Bay Redsox, the seasiders should be prepared for a fight as Goonellabah has shown in previous encounters against its Division 1 counterparts.

Byron's Di West and Shannon Knapp are a solid pitcher-catcher combination that Goonellabah will need to work hard to overcome.

Casino Cougars will be tough to shut down in their clash with Blues Sistas Devas.

Casino has hit its stride in Division 3 with strong performances in attack signalling their emergenceas late contenders.

Devas were unlucky last Saturday against Goonellabah but would need to improve to pose a threat in this contest.

Woodburn's hopes will be on a knife edge against Byron Bay Whitesox as both teams look to cement their position in Division 2.

Key players include Renee Blaikey (Woodburn) and Jordan Evans (Byron Bay).

A major battle between Dodgers Angels and Goonellabah Tigers to settle the Division 3 leadership will be a highlight of the day.

Look out for big hits from Colleen Prentice (Angels) and Sharon Foster (Tigers) to open their accounts.

Blues Sistas would need a team performance from the onset to upstage the in-form Dodgers Demons.



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