RIGHT: Rous Rangers' Courtney Oag, who is a quiet achiever with the bat and the glove at second base.
RIGHT: Rous Rangers' Courtney Oag, who is a quiet achiever with the bat and the glove at second base. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Workers face acid test in clash with Sharks

WORKERS Condors will need to be at their best when they take on Division 1 competition leaders Ballina Sharks in Far North Coast softball today.

Workers struggled to put a team on the field before Christmas due to injuries and other players being unavailable but the game last weekend against Rous Rangers gave their coach a glimpse of what could be achieved.

New recruit Shirley Lewis gives the team more depth and will relieve the pressure on stalwart Tina Austen on the pitching mound.

Ballina remains undefeated, with Condors the only ones to go close in a 6-all draw early in the season.

The Sharks' attacking style, led by batters Karen Evans, Johanna Presgrave and Michelle Lucas, tends to put the opposition on the back foot from the start.

Both teams are solid in the field and this is where the game will be won or lost. The team that makes fewer errors should walk away with the win.

In the other game, Rous Rangers take on Byron Bay Whitesox.

Rangers played exceptionally last weekend and if they can carry that form into today they will be hard to beat.

Amy Gordon consistently makes solid contact with the ball and is supported by Cheryl Nilon.

Their defensive play is sound, with Courtney Oag a quiet achiever at second base.

Byron, on the other hand, is full of experienced players including Tracey Johnson, Terry Curry and Ashleigh and Laura Knight.

On their day, they can be explosive with the bat and entertaining in the field so it should be a close, exciting game.

In Division 2, Workers Wild Turkeys will have to improve greatly to be any chance against a confident and well-drilled Casino/ Dodgers team; Goonellabah Gunnas will take on Byron Bay Redsox in what should be a close encounter; and Rous Warriors should account for Woodburn Warriors. Goonellabah Nuts 'n Bolts have the bye.

In Division 3, Rous Rascals play Workers Mighty Ducks and Rous Rogues will clash with Ballina Hammerheads.

Far North Coast softball is played at Albert Park, Lismore.



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