Rous Relics rule the roost
FAR North Coast Softball hosted the second annual Australia Day Carnival with seven teams taking to the diamonds in steaming and hot conditions at the two-day contest.
The competition was strong with teams travelling from as far away as Kempsey to compete.
Rous Relics finished on top of the leader board with five wins and one draw to give them 17 points.
Both Motley Crew and Kempsey Diamonds ended up on 14 points each with four wins and two loses.
Motley Crew advanced to the final based on points differential.
Both teams were evenly matched and did not disappoint the crowd with Motley's Courtney Connell at right field taking two exceptional catches in the first innings.
However, Rous's right fielder Lee McDougall showed she could match Connell's skills with a catch off Samantha Green's bat, while Libby Cramp took an amazing reflex catch of the bat of Ashleigh Knight at third base to end the innings.
Rous scored first with Courtney Oag batting in Nalaya Lees with a long ball to the outfield, before shortstop Deidre Coe caught Amy Gordon for the third out.
Motley Crew scored two in the bottom of the second with Connell sending Tracey Johnston across homeplate with a two base hit to centerfield.
Sarah Knapp sacrificed her bat to score sister Shannon to give their team a 2 -1 lead.
Rous started to open up with the bat with hits from Esther Denning, Oag and McDougall to score two runs then followed with tight fielding hit the lead for the first time in the game.
The top of the fourth Rous attacked the ball again with Val Dowse, daughter Samantha, Cramp and Denning batting strongly to score a further three runs.
Motley struggled with the bat and despite Sarah Knapp scoring again off the bat of Laura Knight, Rous ended the innings winning 6-3.