Lori Slater batting for Dorrigo Dingoes with Eliza Buscombe in at catcher for Toormina during the Australia Day carnival at Cof
Lori Slater batting for Dorrigo Dingoes with Eliza Buscombe in at catcher for Toormina during the Australia Day carnival at Cof

Toormina slide into home first



DESPITE wet conditions on Rugby Park restricting the weekend's Australia Day softball carnival to a handful of teams, the women participating made sure the mud became an asset for their enjoyment.

"Some of the girls put in slides you would never see on a fine day," organiser Terry Hodgson said.

"Part of the fun was playing it up for the crowd."

The seven teams participating ventured from Lismore, FIFO Toormina, Maclean Comets, Redlands Steelers, Toormina Royals, Tweed Dragons and Dorrigo Dingoes.

"One of the biggest efforts came from the FIFO team," Hodgson said.

"Most players are C graders and they went into the top pool to make up the numbers knowing their chances of getting a win were slim.

"But against all odds, they kept slogging it out to the end."

"We all appreciate them doing that."

In the Pool A grand final, Tweed Dragons easily accounted for Maclean Comets, 4-0.

But the Pool B decider was different fare.

"The game featuring Toormina Royals and Dorrigo was drawn," Hodgson said, "but as a winner was needed, the girls had to play on for a result.

Fortunately, getting that result came within 15 minutes, but not before the Dingoes almost stole the show.

"Royals were one of the fancied teams before the carnival but only scraped into the finals on a count back," Hodgson said.

"They had to play eight games to win their pool.

"Unbelievably, that's over ten hours of softball across two days, yet they were still looking for more match time at the finish."

At the presentations, awards for 'most valuable player' were made to Raeleen King (Toormina Royals) and Di Fuller (Maclean Comets.)



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